Urbis Morpheos [jhc]

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9781906301439: Urbis Morpheos [jhc]

Book by Stephen Palmer

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Psolilai and psolilai (differentiated only in that the first letter of one's name isn't capitalized), each dreaming of the other, seek wisdom and knowledge in a world of two ecosystems at odds; namely, the nearly forgotten natural ecosystem and the manufacturing ecosystem, which produces such horrors as narcoleptic snow. After her escape from the prison of Tall Cliff Steel, Psolilai seeks her wisdom in strange forests and searches for the ancient artifact the Constructor. Meanwhile, psolilai seeks wisdom in the haven of Mahandriana. Both eat mushrooms that provide knowledge of the world around them. When Psolilai eats from a giant mushroom that has been growing under ice for thousands of years, she begins to understand the weather patterns of a natural world. Both are aided in their quests by peripatetic mycologist Gularvhen, who knows more than he's admitting to and rides a horse with six voices and three ears. Set in an eerie world that's fascinating to visit, the story of Psolilai, psolilai, Gularvhen, and their various companions is certainly something to savor. --Regina Schroeder

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Challenging sometimes to the point of impenetrability, Palmer's first novel since 2004's Hallucinating details a far-future battle between natural and manufactured ecosystems. Like his music (with the rock/electronica group Mooch) and art (including the cover art for this volume), Palmer's writing can only be called psychedelic. The world is richly imagined, unusual, and creative, full of narcoleptic snow, plastic vultures, and living databases called wrealities, but dense prose, the choice of giving two main characters virtually the same name, seemingly random point of view shifts, and a wealth of unexplained details occasionally render the story incomprehensible. Only determined readers will make their way to the final page, but those who do will find the ending worth it. (June)
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