Christopher Priest

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Autor von The Prestige, Inversion und weiteren Büchern.

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Christopher Priest wurde 1943 in Cheshire, England geboren. Er zählt zu den bedeutendsten englischen Science-Fiction-Schriftstellern; seine Romane wurden mit zahlreichen Preisen ausgezeichnet, unter anderem mit dem Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis und dem Arthur C. Clarke Award. »Inversion« erhielt den British Science Fiction Association Award. Für seinen Roman »The Prestige«, der 2006 von Christopher Nolan mit Christian Bale und Hugh Jackman in den Hauptrollen verfilmt wurde, erhielt er den World Fantasy Award. Der Autor lebt mit seiner Familie auf der Isle of Bute.

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Cover des Buches Inversion (ISBN: 9783453320659)

Inversion

 (6)
Erschienen am 13.01.2020
Cover des Buches Deadpool Killer-Kollektion (ISBN: 9783741601729)

Deadpool Killer-Kollektion

 (1)
Erschienen am 27.03.2017
Cover des Buches Deathstroke: Der Tod von Deathstroke (ISBN: 9783741620515)

Deathstroke: Der Tod von Deathstroke

 (1)
Erschienen am 06.10.2020
Cover des Buches Zurück in die Zukunft. (ISBN: 9783442231331)

Zurück in die Zukunft.

 (1)
Erschienen am 01.01.1971
Cover des Buches Conan der Barbar: Classic Collection (ISBN: 9783741625732)

Conan der Barbar: Classic Collection

 (0)
Erschienen am 24.05.2022

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Rezension zu "The Separation" von Christopher Priest

Ein Krieg und sein Durcheinander
Ljuba_Kabzanvor einem Jahr

Die englischen Zwillingsbrüder, zwei Sportler, nehmen an den Olympischen Spielen 1936 in Berlin teil. Sie nehmen eine jüdische Frau, die von Nazis flieht, mit in ihr Auto, als sie von den Olympischen Spielen zurück nach England fahren. Der Bund der zwei Brüder droht auseinander zu brechen, als sie sich beide in diese Frau verlieben. Der zweite Weltkrieg bricht aus. Beide Zwillingsbrüder treffen auf die Schrecken des Krieges.

Sehr spannend geschrieben, viele Wendungen in der Handlung. Eine Liebesgeschichte mittendrin, welche im zweiten Weltkrieg mit Krisen kämpft. Die Rivalität der Zwillingsbrüder um die Frau wird sehr dramatisch erzählt, und kommt sehr emotional rüber. Dabei wird auch auf die unterschiedlichen Interessen der Zwillinge eingegangen, der eine ist RAF Pilot, der andere ist als Pazifist Mitarbeiter beim Roten Kreuz. Die Kriegsverletzungen werden durch eine Schreibweise der Halluzination beschrieben. Zum Ende des Romans dominiert die Schreibweise der Halluzination, und dadurch wird der Schrecken des 2. Weltkrieges noch authentischer dargestellt.

Fazit: Wer englischsprachige Literatur mag, ist hier genau richtig. Geschichtliches um den zweiten Weltkrieg verbunden mit einer Liebesgeschichte. Und alternativen Geschichtlichen Fakten mit einem Hauch Fantasy.  

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Rezension zu "Prestige" von Christopher Priest

SF Masterworks
Arkronvor einem Jahr

Synopsis: Two world-class prestidigitators feud each other in fin-de-siècle London. Rupert Angier is a disinherited aristocrat starting his career with lucrative séances for grieving families. Alfred Borden is his opponent, a creative working-class magician frustrated by Angier's unethical exploitations. 

The rivalry takes off when Alfred confronts Rupert in one of his seances, hurting Rupert's pregnant wife inadvertently. The duel is sometimes funny in the form of pranks or exposures, other times lethally dangerous. 

Their center piece magic trick is a teleportation act called "The New Transported Man" and "The Flash", where they both excel each other and the whole world eagerly wants to watch their performances. The effect looks similar but they don't know about the other's exact technique. Is it a double, is it a technical device based on electricity?

Review: A frame story involves the opponents' grandchildren who uncover their ancestors' mysteries mostly by reading through their diaries. 

The story is told in epistolary format, starting with Alfred's point-of-view. Then, nearly the same story is retold through Rupert's diary. Turns out, they have narrate completely different truths, as one could expect from illusionists.

None of the main protagonists is likable, both accumulate a pile of flaws, erratic behavious. Not only in their feud but also in their private lifes. 

Now, what about that strange categorization of "SF Fantasy Horror"? First of all, it starts like a fantasy story. There are magicians, right? Not the fireball-wielding ones, of course. But some of their behaviour and their ultimate trick could count as real magic indeed.

Why would Gollancz publish the novel among their SF Masterworks? That could only be explained if there weren't "real" magic involved but some technical device driving "The Flash". Also, there is a lot of then brand new technology - electricity fascinated people at the end of 19th century. In fact, electricity brought forth a huge amount of startup companies and innovations just like in our contemporary times. One of the crazier and fascinating players in the field, Nikola Tesla, gives an appearance in the story. 

The last category Horror builds up only very slowly. I won't reveal too much by saying that only towards the end, the full dimension of outrageous means is exposed. 

Priest doesn't explain everything in the involved mystery, the reader has to puzzle partly their way through the connections. Also, there are some open ends leaving much to muse after reading.

I can't praise this novel more than stating that it's comparable eye-to-eye to Gene Wolfe's best works, e.g. his phenomenal "Peace" (review). There is also a film adaption for it by Christopher Nolan with a great line-up of stars: Hugh Jackman as Robert Angier, Christian Bale as Alfred Borden; add to that Scarlett Johansson, Michael Caine, Andy Serkis, and David Bowie as Tesla. I'll have to look at that the next couple of days!

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Rezension zu "The Prestige" von Christopher Priest

Fantasy-SF-Horror Briefroman
Arkronvor einem Jahr

Synopsis: Two world-class prestidigitators feud each other in fin-de-siècle London. Rupert Angier is a disinherited aristocrat starting his career with lucrative séances for grieving families. Alfred Borden is his opponent, a creative working-class magician frustrated by Angier’s unethical exploitations. 

The rivalry takes off when Alfred confronts Rupert in one of his seances, hurting Rupert’s pregnant wife inadvertently. The duel is sometimes funny in the form of pranks or exposures, other times lethally dangerous. 

Their center piece magic trick is a teleportation act called “The New Transported Man” and “The Flash”, where they both excel each other and the whole world eagerly wants to watch their performances. The effect looks similar but they don’t know about the other’s exact technique. Is it a double, is it a technical device based on electricity?

Review: A frame story involves the opponents’ grandchildren who uncover their ancestors’ mysteries mostly by reading through their diaries. 

The story is told in epistolary format, starting with Alfred’s point-of-view. Then, nearly the same story is retold through Rupert’s diary. Turns out, they have narrate completely different truths, as one could expect from illusionists.

None of the main protagonists is likable, both accumulate a pile of flaws, erratic behavious. Not only in their feud but also in their private lifes. 

Now, what about that strange categorization of “SF Fantasy Horror”? First of all, it starts like a fantasy story. There are magicians, right? Not the fireball-wielding ones, of course. But some of their behaviour and their ultimate trick could count as real magic indeed.

Why would Gollancz publish the novel among their SF Masterworks? That could only be explained if there weren’t “real” magic involved but some technical device driving “The Flash”. Also, there is a lot of then brand new technology – electricity fascinated people at the end of 19th century. In fact, electricity brought forth a huge amount of startup companies and innovations just like in our contemporary times. One of the crazier and fascinating players in the field, Nikola Tesla, gives an appearance in the story. 

The last category Horror builds up only very slowly. I won’t reveal too much by saying that only towards the end, the full dimension of outrageous means is exposed. 

Priest doesn’t explain everything in the involved mystery, the reader has to puzzle partly their way through the connections. Also, there are some open ends leaving much to muse after reading.

I can’t praise this novel more than stating that it’s comparable eye-to-eye to Gene Wolfe’s best works, e.g. his phenomenal “Peace” (review). There is also a film adaption for it by Christopher Nolan with a great line-up of stars: Hugh Jackman as Robert Angier, Christian Bale as Alfred Borden; add to that Scarlett Johansson, Michael Caine, Andy Serkis, and David Bowie as Tesla. I’ll have to look at that the next couple of days!

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