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When I bought some omnibus editions of scifi authors last year I was hoping to read some stories which went into strange explorations of possibility which reimagine the universe and do scifi as something beyond futuristic western, thriller, etc This is the first of the stories by holdstock, and I m happy that it fulfilled the hope I had Set on a distant planet, the key mystery is the time wind, an event which transforms a central rift each time it blows through, leaving artifacts from histor When I bought some omnibus editions of scifi authors last year I was hoping to read some stories which went into strange explorations of possibility which reimagine the universe and do scifi as something beyond futuristic western, thriller, etc This is the first of the stories by holdstock, and I m happy that it fulfilled the hope I had Set on a distant planet, the key mystery is the time wind, an event which transforms a central rift each time it blows through, leaving artifacts from history, or the future, for the colonists to investigate Local biology, other human trajectories bioengineering and some kind of future civilization feature in the background A commercial approach would have taken this world and the story into a three part epic, but instead, the larger landscape is left as cameos This limits character development and perhaps leaves the flow a bit disjointed, but it enables strange to remain a focal point The outcome puts a nice orthogonal spin on the preceding events, cleverly illustrating that there is much we assume about our own existence which may not fit with the universe at large Probably a 3.5 overall, rounded up for the strange factor Disclosure I m a massive Holdstock fan, everything from Mythago Wood on is pretty perfect in my opinion So I come to this book from a strange place.From a fannish perspective this is an fascinating spin on his ideas, on the subconscious, alienness, love and quest And I can t judge it apart from that context If I try I would say it s odd, pulpy not necessarily a bad thing , and a bit too heavy on meaningful monologues My biggest disquiet was the way the plot driven need for revelations reve Disclosure I m a massive Holdstock fan, everything from Mythago Wood on is pretty perfect in my opinion So I come to this book from a strange place.From a fannish perspective this is an fascinating spin on his ideas, on the subconscious, alienness, love and quest And I can t judge it apart from that context If I try I would say it s odd, pulpy not necessarily a bad thing , and a bit too heavy on meaningful monologues My biggest disquiet was the way the plot driven need for revelations reversals events meant the protagonist was unbalanced all surface to start, all interior by the end.With a bit of rearrangement, I could see this making an awesome space horror film If only A rather strange sci fi story that looks like it s about time travel, but isn t Seems rather full of itself, and is definitely distracted from where it s going. An early, mostly worthy effort by Holdstock I read this because it is a tie in to his wonderful Tour of the Universe The situation that he imagines is very unique and evocative, and, it turns out, deceptive the time winds of Kamelios are not what they seem to be On the other hand, the narrative is verbose, and at times baroque, but without the texture and harmony required to make such prose delightful In typical Holdstockian style, it is often difficult to tell if events are real or imagine An early, mostly worthy effort by Holdstock I read this because it is a tie in to his wonderful Tour of the Universe The situation that he imagines is very unique and evocative, and, it turns out, deceptive the time winds of Kamelios are not what they seem to be On the other hand, the narrative is verbose, and at times baroque, but without the texture and harmony required to make such prose delightful In typical Holdstockian style, it is often difficult to tell if events are real or imagined, as the characters internal monologues are written in the third person, and frequently stray far afield from the actual events of the story Holdstock perfected this voice in Mythago Wood, but in this earlier work it can lead the reader astray Nevertheless, it is a worthwhile read, and compliments any Holdstock collection E un pianeta unico in tutta la galassia oggetti del passato e del futuro si materializzano all improvviso come fantasmi, portati dal soffio di quelli che sembrano veri e propri venti del tempo Obbedendo allo stesso principio, cose e manufatti del presente possono scomparire da un momento all altro dove Scienziati e ricercatori, avventurieri ed esploratori arrivano sul pianeta dei venti del tempo con la speranza di risolverne l enigma o di arricchirsi come nessun uomo si mai arricchito E un pianeta unico in tutta la galassia oggetti del passato e del futuro si materializzano all improvviso come fantasmi, portati dal soffio di quelli che sembrano veri e propri venti del tempo Obbedendo allo stesso principio, cose e manufatti del presente possono scomparire da un momento all altro dove Scienziati e ricercatori, avventurieri ed esploratori arrivano sul pianeta dei venti del tempo con la speranza di risolverne l enigma o di arricchirsi come nessun uomo si mai arricchito prima Ma qual il segreto di questo mondo perduto fra le stelle Robert Holdstock ricostruisce la sua fisionomia, le sue leggi, i suoi segreti con tanta abilit che anche per noi diventa un mondo vivo. |FREE EBOOK ♸ Where Time Winds Blow ⚇ A planet where eerie time displacements, like winds, can dump alien artefacts from the past and future into now, or sweep things away from now into anywhen A planet that attracts both scientists and fortune hunters, rummaging among the strangenesses, risking oblivion, carrying with them their own hang ups, desperations, odd urges and searches You won t easily forget this haunting, fully realised world TRIBUNE