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The site is a linked list of "Jewish Science Fiction and Fantasy." It also has links to other such sites. I haven't read a single one except for Canticle for Liebowitz which I read so many years ago I can't remember it (but want to reread it for that very reason). Some of the titles on the list look pretty intriguing!
I own an anthology of Jewish science fiction stories, Wandering Stars: An Anthology of Jewish Fantasy and Science Fiction, but I haven't read any of it.
What started out as wacky fun quickly became confusing and uninteresting. I didn’t believe in the characters and felt like the plot was very disjointed. It did not cohere into a greater work and instead became a mishmash of ideas that did not have emotional or intellectual resonance. I did not find Lea likable or fascinating, and did not believe in her character development and coming of age.
I felt that Fintushel’s worldbuilding was very weak and I would have much preferred if the book had committed to being true science fiction and convinced me that the circumstances were happening or if Fintushel made it more clearly some sort of metaphorical craziness. The book was not satisfying and I wondered what the point of it was when I had finished. I had hoped that the writing would impress me, but it was more like Fintushel was trying hard to be clever and not succeeding, and would repeat phrases like “breakfast with the ones you love” in an attempt to be deep which annoyed me.
reademwritem, I’m glad you enjoyed the book, but it was not something that I would recommend. It annoyed me so much that I wanted to tell people rather than just quietly think that it was just something that didn't work for me personally. I really enjoy Atwood, Chabon, and Stephenson, so we do enjoy some of the same authors. I really should read The Yiddish Policeman’s Union at some point, I’m sure I will enjoy that more.
"He, She, and It (1991), by Marge Piercy
A woman and her cyborg warrior lover fight to protect a free Jewish town from being taken over by a neighboring corporate city-state in this cyberpunk homage to the Jewish myth of the Golem. The most fascinating part of the book is what happens when the cyborg, who has been programmed to love combat, realizes that his pleasures are morally wrong. What would it feel like for a weapon to grow ethics?"
http://web.archive.org/web/20010802144026/http://www.tor.com/72ltrs.html . His whole collection is excellent, Stories of your Life and Others, and the first story is actually about the building of the tower of Babel. The Babel story actually has a very different style than the others and I didn't like it much, so if it doesn't appeal, I would read the other stories first. Overall the book is excellent, with great writing and ideas, and I recommend buying it or getting it from the library, not just reading the story online.
i read your comment on Blood Meridian in the Jewish Fiction group- although I don't know if this is where you wanted to post it?
I read Meridian many years ago and always remember it as a quite haunting, engrossing tale...since then I have read several of Cormac's books and do consider him a master. His use of words are unusual and I believe I saw somewhere that some of them are self-invented.
I am thinking that Cormac McCarthy is the John Coltrane of American literature. When some people hear his name (like my cousin), they fall to their knees in worship, and others (like my husband) just shrug. Look at my library; I am reasonably well-read. But I am not getting McCarthy at all.
Libby Cone aka reademwritem
you certainly raise interesting issues...i do not think his use of violence is (totally) gratuitous (see No Country For Old Men)...perhaps it is more a commentary on the history of these United States which, some would say, are built upon the the subjugation and violent oppression of Native Americans and other ethnic groups not of European stock.
THis response is immediate and not fully thought out but I do think of McCarthy as coming from the Southern vein of American Fiction- see William Faulkner, Flannery O'Conner, Harry Crews. He writes about the underside of America. Indeed, he can be quite graphic and apocolyptic (see The Road), yet in addition to his grim descriptions , one can also find a glimpse of human hope, love and comradeship.
To my liking he is a great writer who provides a unique voice and vision.
by the way, I also think John Coltrane was(is) absolutely fabulous! My Favorite Things is one of the all-time Jazz albums.
I don't know if I can read any more of Meridian to get to the glimmer of hope. I don't care about any of the characters. I am certainly glad someone is exposing this sordid side of American history, but I don't see what distinguishes these guys from SS men, who killed all day and then went back to their chess games and trysts at night. Hey, at least some of the SS guys were conflicted! Some of them secretly rescued Jews, or committed suicide. That can make for interesting reading. I don't think the cowboys can redeem themselves.
My reading of southern literature is limited, I admit. I read Richard Ford; that's about it.