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The Malacia Tapestry by Brian Aldiss
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The Malacia Tapestry (original 1976; edition 1977)

by Brian Aldiss

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Title:The Malacia Tapestry
Authors:Brian Aldiss
Info:Harper & Row (1977), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 313 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:sf, fantasy bookmooch, ridiculouscover

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The Malacia Tapestry by Brian Aldiss (1976)

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    Helliconia by Brian W. Aldiss (ed.pendragon)
    ed.pendragon: Comparable works, where in one humanoid creatures inhabit another world and in the other reptilians inhabit the Adriatic coast.
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Pouca fantasia e demasiado enredo shakespeariano para meu gosto. Um pouco decepcionante face a umas expectativas um pouco altas ( )
  bruc79 | Jul 31, 2015 |
*note to self.copy from Al.
  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
One of the best sf novels I've ever read. It takes place in Malacia, a city that is an alternate 18th-century Italy where most inhabitants feel protected by their rulers' rejection of social and political change. The story follows Perian, a broke actor, as he cuts across all levels of society as part of a company that is presenting a play using a new process, mercurization, aka photography. This is sf's Candide and a neglected classic. If that isn't enough for you, there is also a dinosaur hunt. ( )
1 vote rameau | Feb 13, 2012 |
All the fine things others have said about this tale are true, and it makes excellent reading on several levels. But the true philosophical sting in the tail comes in the superficially light banter of the protagonists at the very end of the tale, which leave the thoughtful reader pondering time and timelessness.
2 vote owlcroft | Jan 24, 2011 |
Baroque fiction from a science fiction master. My favourite from one of the most literate of the genre writers. The almost grandiloquent prose suits the story of the roguish Perian as he attempts to wend his way up the social ladder of Malacian Society. But it is the magical and timeless city of Malacia, so affectionately detailed and so wonderfully imagined, where Aldiss' writing shines. It is beautifully written.

The Malacia Tapestry can be read as social commentary, but it stands as minor masterpiece solely on the strength of the prose. ( )
3 vote cogitno | Dec 16, 2007 |
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For Margaret time under prisms dawn and pollen clouds afloat presaging changes you are the glimpsed light in my smokey existence frail but enduring.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 042508079X, Paperback)

In the timeless city of Malacia, a place swathed in magic and on the brink of war, lives a young man named Perian de Chirolo – a free-spirit, a fearless lover – who embarks on a harrowing odyssey with dramatic consequences for himself and all Malacians. This is a gripping tale of wonder, lust and destiny.

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In a grand medieval city where all change has been outlawed, a roguish young actor tempts fate and dinosaurs, all in the name of love By law, nothing can change in Malacia-a teeming, eternal city of dukes, players, wizards, merchants, beggars, ape-men, lizard-boys, and courtesans-but that is of no great consequence to Perian de Chirolo. An out-of-work actor and unabashed rogue, he is well satisfied with his lot as long as there's coin, eager young women to bed, and the occasional adventure. Perhaps it is this thrill-seeking spirit-or simply the lure of noble beauty-that makes Perian imprudently agree to take part in a mad inventor's illegal experiments, since such foolishness will never be tolerated in Malacia. But Perian's rash actions will only lead him on to further indiscretions, winning him first fame and then notoriety, causing him to be hunted, hounded, martyred, and trapped in a fight to the death with a razor-toothed Ancestral Beast on the outskirts of the city. And perhaps most frightening of all, Perian de Chirolo will find himself in love. Grand Master Brian W. Aldiss, one of science fiction's most able and ingenious creative artists, performs a truly astonishing feat of alternate-world building, immersing the reader in an unforgettable Medieval fantasy realm rich in color, incident, invention, and peril-and of course, giant lizards. Welcome to Malacia.… (more)

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