Book Review: Termush, Sven Holm (1967, trans. 1969)

(Uncredited cover for the 1969 edition) 4.5/5 (Very Good) “[He] maintained that it was in fact essential to conceal what could be concealed; indeed, an inspired lie could be preferred to a malignant truth” (24). Sven Holm’s Termush (1967, trans. 1969) depicts, with stark minimalism, the psychological state of wealthy survivors holed up in a hotel shelter … Continue reading Book Review: Termush, Sven Holm (1967, trans. 1969)

Book Review: The Committed Men, M. John Harrison (1971)

(Chris Yates’ cover for the 1971 edition) 4.5/5 (Very Good) Entropic visions of decay and despair inhabit M. John Harrison’s first novel The Committed Men (1971).  Possessed by destructive melancholy, the inhabitants of a post-apocalyptical UK–where political powers have sunk into oblivion–attempt to recreate a semblance of normalcy.  Clement St John Wendover, teeth long since rotted, still administers to the skin diseases and ailments … Continue reading Book Review: The Committed Men, M. John Harrison (1971)

Book Review: The Hieros Gamos of Sam and An Smith, Josephine Saxton (1969)

(Jack Faragasso’s cover for the 1970 edition) 4.5/5 (Very Good) The Hieros Gamos of Sam and An Smith (1969) is an experimental (but approachable) science fiction fable set in a world which, at least on the surface, is very much like our own.  The buildings remain, food dispensers still dispense food, and undisturbed store shelves are fully … Continue reading Book Review: The Hieros Gamos of Sam and An Smith, Josephine Saxton (1969)