So the Rereleased M. John Harrison’s a Must Read Then?

SF Site: “Read from cover-to-cover in a short amount of time, Anima feels less like a book than an assault, a wound, an onslaught of dream-killing mirrors, a battalion of bloodthirsty words, an epidemic of images that burrow into the readerly brain and claw their way through the murk of accumulated wistfulness and self-delusion until all that’s left is the petrified carcass of desire.”

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  1. That’s an apt description of Harrison, although perhaps it’s more suitable to Light. Of the two novels that make up AnimaSigns of Life and The Course of the Heart – I’ve read the first and while it is quite good, it’s not as good as this paragraph makes it sound (although I’ve heard fantastic things about Heart).

    If you want a taste of Harrison, check out Isobel Avens Returns to Stepney in the Spring, the novelette on which Signs of Life is based. I found it superior to the book – tighter and more involving.

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