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One of the paperwings alighted fluttering on a tuft of emerald foliage near the watchers.
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. These new plants are mobile, agile, lethal and hostile and they are here to chew bubble-gum and aldizs and they are all out of bubble-gum.
Maybe some LSD-spiked vegetable juice? So know you will soon love to kill us when you go up from playing the sandwich game along with your lady in the leaves.
What happens with the humans? Aldiss here though doesn’t have the same fixation that early Ballard does on the dramatic and sudden transition from one state to another.
Yet we could aleiss apart the cake in another couple of ways. Other stuff seems to be going on about class, but the pleasure of Hothouse lies not in allegory, but in its wild and hallucinatory invention.
Or, at least there didn’t seem hothouae be for over half of the book more on that later ; just a bunch of fairy-sized proto-humans running around trying to survive. Many of my favourite sf novels are quite short. These humans are tribal hunter-gatherers, living in the canopy of a continent-spanning forest.
These will strike different readers as more or less annoying, but no reader will like the occasional mistakes in paragraphing of conversations, which require some imagination to attribute which lines go with which speaker.
Plants and vegetable reign supreme, and human beings have devolved into primitive little green people the size of monkeys. There is a trick to beginning reviews, and it’s a pity that I’ve never learnt it.
Feb 06, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: I felt like bad acid trip I think even just in non-genre novels, there are writers like Penelope Lively and Peter Cameron who focus mostly on characters, and writers who find inspiration in ideas and societies and are impossible to divide from this contextlike Dickens or Yukio Mishma.
I wanted to chuck this mutherfunker as hard as I could across the room!
Of course this affects the characters — it informs their actions and moods and the entire shape of their imagined lives. I think that biologists would enjoy this one.
The writing is clunky. Needless to say, Lily-Yo’s tribe has a high mortality rate. According to Aldiss’ account, the US publisher insisted on the name change so the book would not be placed in the horticulture section in bookshops.
I remember enjoying reading this novel way back in high school. Take the traversers, which are drawn by the pull of solar radiation, taking them to the moon and the silence of space.
Aldiss, it seems, is not that kind of writer. Human beings by this time have devolved into little rodents-like creatures. It’s less like a novel and more like a furious struggle for survival, everyday hazards in an alien future. Aldiss had the benefit of seeing sf from the inside being an author,and had witnessed much of the modern development and history of it happening hotuouse his very eyes.
What deep terrors, ancient anxieties or even wild hopes will they then need to impress upon the people they return to at home? The gunpowder that resulted had been carried up through sappy veins to nut cases in the topmost branches “!! For the plant world has evolved and gained sentience—it is the age briian the vegetable, and humanity is in its twilight years.
Ask me about the Star Trek and Star War movie plots and we can have a great discussion. But there are gargantuan plant-based spiders called traversers who dwell above the plant layer and actually spin webs across space to the moon and other planets.