Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The Dream of Perpetual Motion: a book review
This postmodern steampunk novel by Dexter Palmer was recommended by to me, but turned out to be somewhat disappointing. The themes of the novel have, I feel, been better explored elsewhere and, although I did laugh at the parody of Luce Irigaray, the characters and imagery failed to inspire me. Perhaps that’s because I’ve read so much fantasy and science fiction which was better.
On the other hand, several artists seem to have found inspiration in the book:
Palmer has written a brief essay about the origin of the novel. See SF Signal for another review.