Winterlong

Winterlong It is big and it is worth praising Winterlong is a dense graceful bullying book of great length and much skill it is a live tale told in a live voice by an author of muscle and drive and ambition

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  • Title: Winterlong
  • Author: Elizabeth Hand
  • ISBN: 9780061057304
  • Page: 460
  • Format: Paperback
  • It is big and it is worth praising Winterlong is a dense, graceful, bullying book of great length and much skill it is a live tale, told in a live voice, by an author of muscle and drive and ambition it shows the depth of talent available in science fiction John Clute, The Washington Post Elizabeth Hand s darkly sensual debut novel took the science fiction andIt is big and it is worth praising Winterlong is a dense, graceful, bullying book of great length and much skill it is a live tale, told in a live voice, by an author of muscle and drive and ambition it shows the depth of talent available in science fiction John Clute, The Washington Post Elizabeth Hand s darkly sensual debut novel took the science fiction and general reading public by storm and now, seven years later, it is available again in a handsome trade paperback edition Heralded as a considerable stylistic and imaginative accomplishment, as noteworthy in its way as Margaret Atwood s The Handmaid s Tale, by People magazine, Winterlong explores the disturbing remains of humanity irrevocably altered by genetic engineering run amok.Amid the ruins of a once great city, a girl and her beautiful long lost twin brother are drawn to the seductive voice of a green eyed boy whose name is Death Together they must journey through a poisoned garden filled with children who kill and beasts that speak all the while resisting the evil that compels them to join in a nightmare ritual of blood that will unleash the power of the ancients and signal the end of humanity.

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    1. dense, poetic, sensual, at times almost dizzyingly arty in its depiction of a post-apocalyptic washington dc. i much prefer elizabeth hand's trippy trilogy (of which Winterlong is the first, and the best) to her later attempts at stylish modern gothic, which came across as half-baked to me. written at the dawn of her career, her voice reminded me of tanith lee's, except she ups the sadean stakes quite a few notches. the novel is fascinating - mutated plague children, vicious dog-creatures (aardm [...]

    2. Mythical fantasy/horror clad in science fiction. In a weird post-apocalyptic world, portions of science survive: such as the Human Engineering Laboratory (HEL) where autistic children tap into patients' brains to cure their nightmares. Outside, an abandoned city is grown over with carnivorous trees and run over by bands of feral cannibalistic mutants (children caught under viral rain) and gene-engineered human-animal hybrids. Amoung them, vestiges of civilization are tended by Houses of Botanist [...]

    3. A bit of cyberpunk, a bit of mythology and a bit of horror make for a perfect mix in this dystopian novel. I've been a fan of Elizabeth Hand ever since I got my hands on a copy ofBlack Light and this, her first novel, is probably the most incredible debut I'd ever read. Hand doesn't shy away from uncomfortable subjects and is very upfront with gore and sexuality, yet managing to avoid making it obscene. A gorgeous, unsettling, perfectly-worded and -paced novel.

    4. So much potential.Here's my thoughts on pages 1-240: WTF NO, why so many gross, disturbing scenes and perversions? Where's the plot? Is this scifi or creepy porn? Also, THREE rape scenes (one with a CORPSE??)? Thanks for the nightmares, Ms. Hand.Pages 248-300: oo, maybe? There's a dreamy, chill quality as the twins' voices get stronger and the story develops--OH COME ON. more grossness? A talking skeleton? Sure, why not. Thanks for the nightmare, Ms. Hand.301-346: LOL WUT. This ending makes no s [...]

    5. A weirdly beautiful and disturbing fantasy set in a future after a disastrous bio-war, when dark gods roam the earth and animals speak. Science has created this fantastical world, but it doesn't seem like science fiction, with its pagan mythologies and tribal spirits. The story centers around two twins, an autistic girl and her beautiful twin brother. Separated and living in different cultures--she's a patient in a hospital run by shady scientists and he's a courtesan in a corrupt society ruled [...]

    6. Hand has a powerful command of prose, but her characters, plot, and underdeveloped setting leave much to be desired. For me, this was a classic case of "good idea executed poorly." I picked Winterlong up at a used bookstore because of a combination of three things: a cool cover, a cool title, and an interesting back blurb.It's books like these that I wish I didn't feel compelled to finish reading everything I start. About 100 pages through I knew it wasn't for me, but I kept pushing through. It [...]

    7. This is the first book I read by Elizabeth Hand. I was totally blindsided by it. Her vision of the end of the world as we know it and what takes its place reads like a waking dream. All sorts of strange things inhibit these pages. Intelligent Chimps, autustic prophets, decadent, intellectual societies. There are also feral children, augmented killer dogs and scattered deadly war zones. What a trip. it has been many years since I read this and I still remember my sympathy for Miss Scarlett, the S [...]

    8. This is one of the most gorgeous, lush, hallucinatory things I've read in a very long time; it's dark and decadent and bizarre, and occasionally it seems to lose its way in its own excesses, but mostly it's beautiful and terrible as the dawn.

    9. Elizabeth Hand has created an interesting post-apocalpytic future with Winterlong, and even though her writing is often maddeningly complex the narrative eventually takes hold and her usage of obscure words/phrases becomes more familiar and less cumbersome. To this point there's a mention in Hand's afterword about how her editor called her out for her use of "bizarre or archaic words", so that made me feel a little better that it wasn't just me.The main storyline takes awhile to develop, yet Han [...]

    10. Stylistically, Hand is a good writer. Yes, her characters are a bit lacking in dimension and her much of the book is unnecessary to the plot. But what really disturbed me was the gratuitous suffering she puts her characters (and walk-ons) through. It's more sadistic voyeurism than drama. Seriously, don't read this book if you have PTSD and written depictions of torture are triggering.Also, like Waking the Moon, the plot revolved around the perceived dichotomy between the Masculine Principle and [...]

    11. A beautifully crafted novel, Elizabeth Hand's "Winterlong" is nevertheless a challenge to read, as it employs biblical references, Greek myths, and even Disney's "Pinocchio" to tell a haunting post-post-apocalyptic tale. The story follows two young children---twins separated at birth, actually---as they travel the former U.S ravaged by viral epidemics and bio-genetic experiments run amok. This is an excellent thought-provoking science fiction novel. Hand's writing is poetic, even as her ideas ar [...]

    12. I want to like it. Really, I do. I love Elizabeth Hand's two books Black Light and Waking the Moon (especially the latter). Winterlong is a different sort of book.This is the type of sci-fi where you're dropped into a world you know nothing about and immediately expected to hit the ground running. I like some of those types of books if things are gradually explained. Nothing is explained about this world; it's written as though you already know everything. This is frustrating as hell, because I' [...]

    13. I really, really wanted desperately to love this book. The bones for a phenomenal story were there. They were right there waiting to be used. The characters had the potential for much depth. The society set up did as well. To me, the downfall of this book was too much emphasis on minute setting/environment description and not enough on storytelling and character development. I felt like I had just started to get to know and understand the two main characters at the end of the book.I mean the ver [...]

    14. I don't really know what to say about this book. I can't say I enjoyed it, but I can't say that I *didn't* enjoy it. I haven't often seen story elements this socially shocking handled the way they were handled here. It made the whole thing weirdly powerful, an examination of individual and cultural identity that I had not encountered before. Wendy Wanders was a severely autistic person whose brain has been modified so tat she can empathically treat other people's mental disorders by absorbing th [...]

    15. My impression of this book is not so much about the story as it is of the time and the place where it was written. Liz was working at the National Air and Space Museum in the mid-80s when this book was written, and the Washington DC setting, however transformed by her dystopian future, acts as a major character in its own right. I was living in Washington throughout most of 1986-87, and the places she describes - the Cathedral, the ruins of Metro Center, the wasted environs across the river - we [...]

    16. This is an old favorite of mine (the "date finished" is for my current read-through, I first came to this book in the late '80s). The author herself describes it as, essentially, a big sprawling earnest mess with the best of intentions (it was her first book), and I suppose that would be fair, but only if you can imagine a big sprawling earnest mess of vividly realized characters, emotions sharp as knives, completely unique concepts on the border between science fiction and urban fantasy, and dr [...]

    17. In a futuristic dystopia, siblings from entirely different backgrounds are haunted by the same alien figure. I admire Hand's intent, and I can see how it matured into Waking the Moon, which I quite enjoyed. But Winterlong is unsuccessful. It's a feverdream dystopia, frequently creative but occasionally laborious; the characters lack agency, which hobbles the plot; the setting is evocative but piecemeal; the initially haunting image of the Boy resolves into a simplistic and undeveloped archetype. [...]

    18. Set in a post-apocalyptic Washington DC this book falls somewhere between fantasy and science fiction. If I had to relate it to the work of other authors I would suggest Angela Carter, Ian Macdonald and Gene Wolfe. It is as much a fin de siècle novel as it is anything else, full of lushly beautiful prose and haunting imagery. It is not an easy read. It is not for those with sensitive stomachs or a trenchant moral outlook, in other words, the easily offended. But, if you want to read something t [...]

    19. A passable story is rendered almost unreadable by a writing style that doesn’t know when to stop.Each sentence seems in search of one more adjective. Nothing is simply stated, but must be embellished with a meandering, overwrought construction that loses its meaning halfway through. Paragraphs are filled with rare zoological names and made-up vocabulary that slow any comprehension. Okay. Fine. I can sort through that. However, the unnecessary insistent need to make every noun something special [...]

    20. This is the possible future in Washington DC when the people still living there fall into a few small groups the past has been turned into mythology or forgotten and the world is being changed by biochemical warfare and rampant genetic mutation. There's also a lot of storyline involving some primal mythic concepts and the interplay between the conscious and the subconscious that is interesting and fun. I think this read through I managed to get a lot more out of it than I have in the past, which [...]

    21. This is another used bookstore impulse buy that turned out to be a good idea. Set in a post-Apocalyptic world (you get the impression that there have been several Apocalypses, actually), Winterlong is a surreal tale of magic and old gods reawakening into a world torn and warped by science used badly. The story contains some truly unique ideas and characters and makes creative use of many concepts from various world religions and myths, all of which is made more impressive by the fact that Winter [...]

    22. 4.2 stars. "A thing of terrible beauty", this novel. Not as gross as other reviewers make it out to be; really, I have one of those "sensitive stomachs" (I cannot read Chuck P. for example, even though part of me would like to), and this one, although it definitely made me cringe several times, never reached the level of repugnance. Maybe describing vile acts in beautiful language is somehow less disturbing than doing so with coarse language? I will definitely be checking out the sequel ("compan [...]

    23. I was so freaked out by this book that I refused to read any of Elizabeth Hand's other books for years. Fortunately someone eventually made me read Waking the Moon, and I got over my Handiphobia, but I don't think I'll be revisiting this one. Cold, cruel, manipulative, sadistic - yeah, the real world is enough of those that I don't need to have my nose rubbed in it. I'll admit that portions are beautifully written, but it seriously put me off.

    24. For the style of writing, the creation of the mood, the setting, the eeriness, and bleak to the point of a spike in your head, I'd give it 5 stars. However, for the same bleak spike in your head, I'd give it a one. I'm just not the audience for dystopian fiction, unless there's a whole lot of payoff, and I didn't get that from this novel. I'll definitely read more by Hand, though.

    25. I can't remember who recommended this to me but I'm glad they did - sort of! This is the second book I've read by Hand and I'm absolutely in love with her writing (if stars were just for the writing it would be 5!) but there were a couple of things in Winterlong that disturbed me to the point I almost stopped reading a couple of times. Will look out for the sequels at some point!

    26. This is the best science fiction I've read in a very, very long time. Because it was written by Elizabeth Hand, the queen of creepy slow horror, and because it concerns itself more deeply with psychology and mythology than technology.

    27. I like this novel, but because her later novels--Waking the Moon & Mortal Love, for example--are so spectacular, I have to give it three stars, in comparison. If you like sci fi, you will enjoy this oneHand is an innovative and highly imaginative novelist.

    28. I just love this book. Every time I come back to it I love it more and for different reasons. It's weird, creepy, haunting, terrifying and best of all, Dionysian.I didn't like the rest in the series nearly as much.But this is one of my desert island books.

    29. I found this hard to follow, I love dystopia and in parts it fully met my genre, but all in all it was too disturbing with the head smacking and all. Difficult read.

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