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Lucius Shepard (1943–2014)

Autor(a) de Life During Wartime

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About the Author

Lucius Shepard was born in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1947. He wrote in many different genres including science fiction and fantasy, cyberpunk, magical realism, poetry, and non-fiction. He published his first short stories in 1983 and his first novel, Green Eyes, in 1984. His other works include Life mostrar mais During Wartime, The Jaguar Hunter, and Two Trains Running. He won several awards including the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1985, the Nebula Award for the novella R&R, the Hugo Award for the novella Barnacle Bill the Spacer, and the Shirley Jackson Award for the novella Vacancy. He died on March 18, 2014 at the age of 66. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Séries

Obras de Lucius Shepard

Life During Wartime (1987) 555 cópias
The Golden (1993) 341 cópias
Green Eyes (1984) 321 cópias
The Jaguar Hunter (1987) 313 cópias
The Dragon Griaule (2012) 181 cópias
Barnacle Bill the Spacer and Other Stories (1997) — Autor — 174 cópias
The Ends of the Earth (1990) 152 cópias
Kalimantan (1990) 146 cópias
Louisiana Breakdown (2003) 75 cópias
Viator (2004) 74 cópias
Softspoken (2007) 74 cópias
Eternity and Other Stories (2005) 60 cópias
Two Trains Running (2004) 58 cópias
Aztechs (2002) 50 cópias
Trujillo (2004) 47 cópias
Valentine (2002) 46 cópias
Beautiful Blood (2013) 40 cópias
Dagger Key and Other Stories (1700) 40 cópias
The Taborin Scale (2010) 39 cópias
Floater (2003) — Autor — 39 cópias
Vacancy & Ariel (2009) 31 cópias
Colonel Rutherford's Colt (2003) 28 cópias
Liar's House (2004) 20 cópias
Viator Plus (2009) 19 cópias
Salvador 18 cópias
The Father of Stones (1989) 17 cópias
Nantucket Slayrides (1989) 12 cópias
Solitaire station: romanzo (2006) 12 cópias
R & R [novella] 10 cópias
Crocodile Rock (2012) 9 cópias
Rose Street Attractors (2011) 9 cópias
Thanatopolis (1993) 7 cópias
Sous des cieux étrangers (2010) 7 cópias
Only Partly Here (2009) 6 cópias
Abimagique (2007) 6 cópias
Le livre écorné de ma vie (2009) 6 cópias
Fire Zone Emerald (1988) 6 cópias
Piękna krew (2018) 6 cópias
Black Coral 6 cópias
Surrender [short fiction] (1989) 6 cópias
Handbook of American Prayer (2000) 6 cópias
Weapons of Mass Seduction (2005) 5 cópias
El Cazador De Jaguares (1985) 5 cópias
Dorada (2007) 5 cópias
Dead Money 5 cópias
Sylgarmo's Proclamation (2009) 5 cópias
Halloween Town 5 cópias
Vacancy (2013) 4 cópias
The Last Time 4 cópias
Le stelle senzienti (2009) 3 cópias
Piste di guerra (2007) 3 cópias
Hobo Nation (2008) 3 cópias
Ariel (2013) 3 cópias
Jailwise 3 cópias
Over Yonder 3 cópias
Mengele 3 cópias
Bound for Glory 2 cópias
A Wooden Tiger 2 cópias
Petite musique de nuit (2000) 2 cópias
Señor Volto 2 cópias
Nomans Land 2 cópias
On the border 2 cópias
Larissa Miusov 2 cópias
Human History 2 cópias
Jailbait (short story) (2004) 2 cópias
Jack's Decline 2 cópias
Slice of Life 1 exemplar(es)
The Boy Who Spoke Cat 1 exemplar(es)
The Skull (2011) 1 exemplar(es)
Solitario's Eyes 1 exemplar(es)
Vermillion #2 1 exemplar(es)
Visitor 1 exemplar(es)
Sfârşitul Pământului 1 exemplar(es)
Sf©Ør¿itul P♯m©Øntului (2010) 1 exemplar(es)
The Skinny Girl 1 exemplar(es)
Funky, Funky Moscow 1 exemplar(es)
Romance of the Century 1 exemplar(es)
After Ildiko 1 exemplar(es)
The Lepidopterist 1 exemplar(es)
Chinandega 1 exemplar(es)
The Emperor 1 exemplar(es)
A Walk In the Garden 1 exemplar(es)
Anti-Trek 1 exemplar(es)
Carlos Manson Lives 1 exemplar(es)
The Arcevoalo 1 exemplar(es)
Multiplexity 1 exemplar(es)
Petite musique de nuit 1 exemplar(es)
Blade Runner Had a Baby 1 exemplar(es)
Korean Futures 1 exemplar(es)
Star Wars, They're Not 1 exemplar(es)
Earth Hits the Fan 1 exemplar(es)
The Master of Error 1 exemplar(es)

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Year's Best Fantasy 7 (2007) — Contribuinte — 60 cópias
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Good but dark

The title pretty much says it all. A lot of good tales in here, but he does tend to dark themes
 
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acb13adm | Sep 13, 2023 |
This book has sat, unread, on my shelf for probably twenty years, on the strength of Shepard's novel Life during Wartime. I finally worked my way around to it, and I'm sad to say that I was not overwhelmed. All the stories dated from the late 1980s or early- to mid-90s, and most show their age.

The (Nebula-winning) title story starts out with something of an Expanse-like vibe but was spoilt for me by the pov character and others purporting to be British but talking in appalling Mockney accents, and Shepard thinking that Manchester is in the Midlands. I also quickly began to stumble over Shepard's stream-of-consciousness 100-word sentences. As an occasional device, this could be excused; but not as a habit, especially when they appear in the internal narrative of a character who otherwise presents as an "ordinary bloke". There were also a lot of elements in this story which seemed to have been lifted wholesale from Peter Hyams' 1981 film Outland.

Two of the stories weren't remotely science fiction; one, Beast of the Heartland, a boxing story, might qualify as borderline fantasy, or fantastic realism. Interestingly, both of these stories first appeared in Playboy. Of the others, one (All the perfumes of Araby) is set in the aftermath of the first Gulf War, and although it refers to an early 21st century that never quite happened, it does reflect the current real-world political concerns of the Middle East in a recognisable way, including war in Syria (although Shepard's knowledge of the practice of Islam is a bit lacking). For me, this story and Human History were the stand-out stories of the collection. Human History relates a story of a marginal settlement in Arizona in the aftermath of a (historical) socio-environmental catastrophe. Shepard leaves the backstory open to speculation, which was probably the right thing to do even if I found it mildly unsatisfactory.

The Sun Spider seems to be about a pop philosopher/physicist who discovers life on the surface of the Sun, but is also about interpersonal relationships and revenge. Set on a space station in a close solar orbit, the story has a creepy and villainous administrator who runs the station as a personal fiefdom without anyone turning a hair; in any case, the station seems more like a posh hotel and the whole thing does not convince. And there is a nasty tale, A Little Night Music, which uses a science-fictional idea (a resurrection process for the recently-dead which has the side effect of making the resurrectees into strange jazz musicians) as a framing device for an urban tale of infidelity which turns into misogynistic violence.

Indeed, much of the writing seems to be predominantly masculine, and some modern readers will have difficulty with this. For me, two good stories out of seven doesn't make for a ringing endorsement.
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½
 
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RobertDay | outras 5 resenhas | Aug 5, 2023 |
If one can imagine Coppola's Apocalypse Now, dressed up in a sci-fi garb and with the level of insanity cranked up, that's the best way I can think of describing Life During Wartime. It is a(n almost) plotless, unpredictable, ethereal nightmare that nonetheless paces itself well (at least during its beginnings) and sucks you deep into the allure of its horror.

There's some really nice writing, and I think it was originally published under the label of "literary fiction"; which is interesting because I think the genre elements really swallow it as the book goes on, and in a way that even made me cringe a bit. I did like quite a lot about Life During Wartime - initially I was drawn to its trippy, war-time atmosphere - but I was less keen when more plot entered the scene and it almost began to feel like a sophisticated, adult X-Men. The more it drifted into its themes of psychological warfare the more disinterested I became, because I just didn't find the whole "war within a war" element compelling at all. I also thought the development of the romance was poor, especially as the main character just seems like a moody git who wants to screw anything that walks (the forced eroticism gets tedious). Funnily enough, by the end it almost seemed like a core theme of the book was "love" and that it was perhaps intended as some kind of romance novel in part. That didn't really work for me either.

Not a bad book, and possibly worth reading, but ultimately it felt a bit messy and unsatisfying. Joe Haldeman does much better with "military sci-fi meets romance" with his novel, The Forever War.
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TheScribblingMan | outras 10 resenhas | Jul 29, 2023 |
La asamblea celebrada en el castillo Banat aquella noche de 1860 llevaba más de tres siglos planificándose, aunque sólo se había dedicado un esfuerzo mínimo a los aspectos ceremoniales de la reunión. No: la mayor parte del tiempo y la energía se había invertido en la crianza y cruce de determinadas líneas de sangre mortales con el fin de producir la más excepcional de las esencias, una cosecha de inigualable sabor y buqué: la Dorada. Los miembros de la Familia habían acudido desde todos los confines de Europa con el objeto de participar en la Decantación. Entre ellos, Michel Beheim, antiguo detective de la policía de París recientemente vampirizado, que tendrá que recurrir a sus talentos humanos cuando un crimen inimaginable sacuda a la comunidad de los no-muertos.… (mais)
 
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Natt90 | Mar 30, 2023 |

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