There are many books I want to read. There are thousands of books I’d like to HAVE. And there are some favourites. It’s not enough for me to have a well-read paperback of, say, Dune. I’m looking for a perfect version.
Well, I’m not in position to spend hundreds of credits on signed first editions. And I’m not looking for an investment. It’s just that I want to have nice looking copies of the books I love.
I got it covered, mostly. I’m just waiting for somebody (Folio? Subterranean?) to publish an ultimate edition of Zelazny’s Amber. Because ultimate Dune I already have. Arrived last week from The Folio Society.
It’s mu turn and I really wanted it to be a review. But I couldn’t, yet again, finish my review of “Fatale” graphic novel series, and I’ve found something I want to share. So today’s post goes into the “wyszperane” (“found in the net”) category. My source is, as usuall, /r/Fantasy, where Mark Lawrence’s “When the language flexes its muscles” was recommended (with entry entitled “Get your stinkin’ poetry out of my fantasy book!” 😉 ). The initial purpose of this category of posts was not to write big texts, but rather link interesting and thought-provoking essays, add a short commentary and maybe initiate discussion in the „comment” section.
First – I generally agree with the author. Two important quotes:
„A lot of people say they hate poetry. That’s fair enough – the school system bears a considerable responsibility for that.” – amen to that, it almost killed my interest in poetry.
„Poetry is a distillation, the highest concentration of linguistic content, and like all strong flavours it won’t be for everyone at every stage in their life.”
I’ve read and enjoyed my share of simple, action-oriented novels, where language was almost reduced to its utilitarian function. But literature is more than a description of a sequence of events and the beauty of a fantasy/sf masterwork is in its language as well as its plot or characters.