|Title||:||Hartmann, the Anarchist: Or the Doom of the Great City (1893)|
|Number of Pages||:||224 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Hartmann, the Anarchist: Or the Doom of the Great City (1893) Reviews
The anarchist novel that Jules Verne would have written...
A late 20C anarachist satirical take on late 19C and early 20C science fiction adventure stories. As a pastiche it really doesn't work. It reads like an overlong injoke for people who don't really know the subject they are attempting a piss-take on. The painfully bad "lost history "of the author and manuscript fails to set up the joke. There are continuous anarchronisms that prevent you from ever fully slipping into the genre and believing you are reading a contemporary of Conan-Doyle, Verne and HG Wells. The wood block illustrations are "out of place" and distract rather than add to the story telling.I could see it working a series of snippets in Viz comic, where minimal subject matter knowledge and "factoids" would make the joke appropriate to the audience. However to go through with an entire book I would have expected more effort rather than a half-assed effort.
A disappointing read, after an introduction by Ian Bone so complimentary that he implies that Fawcett provides us with better anarchist science fiction than Ursula Le Guin. Though the plot quickly drives the reader through what in essence is a short story, the writing is so-so and the depiction of anarchists as blood-thirsty villains disappointing. The best part of the book were Stanley Donwood's illustrations.NOTE: The author name has been typed into Goodreads as "Famcett" but is actually "Fawcett."
Questo libro é un ossimoro: un romanzo steampunk scritto all'epoca del vapore. E giá questo basterebbe di per se. Se poi ci aggiungete che é stato scritto da un sedicenne ed é stato out of print per un secolo, viene naturale chiedersi che strano oggetto si abbia in mano. Peccato che, al di lá di queste peculiaritá, il romanzetto qui presente non sia nulla di che.
Somewhat interesting. Now.I'd like to read the story behind the writer