From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes"
Subject: Re: (urth) Crowley, then ... Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2003 09:11:49 -0700 Alga, Thanks -- this is probably the single most helpful response of the many this (as always) generous group has provided. As it happens, I'm _not_ up on Victorian faery-lore; my attitude towards such has always run in the general direction of Tolkien's, who generally loathed it: though I don't go as far as he does in thinking Shakespeare made a travesty of Faerie. The books of "fairy" stories (as opposed to fairy-stories) I was given as a child either annoyed or terrified me. I preferred the latter, and still do. My taste wrt Faerie is for the pre-Victorian, even pre-Elizabethan, style, a twilit and parlous place, the Faerie of "Tam Lin" and "Thomas the Rhymer." >It would be interesting if you told us what you did not like. I can tell >you >that I did not like the Russell Eigenblick subplot, though I admit that he >managed to fit it into the conclusion better than I expected. Well, to tell the truth, there was nothing I did not like, or at least nothing I disliked. It was just that I was disappointed; after all the commendations of Crowley in general and _Little, Big_ in particular by -- well, especially by yourself and Mantis, both of whose tastes I have come to respect very highly -- I was expecting something blindingly revelatory, rather like the first time I read _tBotNS_, _The Silmarillion_, _The Moon is Down_, or _Carrion Comfort_. Instead I got something ... pleasant but uncompelling. The obvious point of comparison to Wolfe, I suppose, is that the writing is quite dense in places -- _Little, Big_ took me quite a while to get through, which was only compounded by its failing to grab me by the throat and make me read it. Shrug. Certainly not enough to put me off Crowley, but enough to decide me not to tackle the copy of _Aegypt_ that's been sitting on the shelves for I don't know how long. (Who was it that wanted a copy? We can talk.) _Especially_ if it's heavily dependent upon alchemy, a subject to which my general reaction has been "Life's just too short for this." I think I'll try the collection, though. _Novelty_ I think. --Blattid _________________________________________________________________ The new MSN 8: advanced junk mail protection and 2 months FREE* http://join.msn.com/?page=features/junkmail --