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Otherwise: Three Novels by John Crowley

Otherwise: Three Novels (original 1994; edition 2002)

by John Crowley

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Title:Otherwise: Three Novels
Authors:John Crowley
Info:Harper Perennial (2002), Paperback, 560 pages
Collections:Sci Fi/Fantasy/Horror

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Three Novels: The Deep; Engine Summer; Beasts by John Crowley (1994)



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The Deep
The world of the Protectors is divided into Black and Red factions with the seemingly never-ending struggle between them sometimes turning into war. Protectors are potential targets for a group of assassins calling themselves the Just. A strange, sexless, not quite human, being lands in the midst of one battle and is wounded in the head. He knows he came with a mission, but must learn what it was.

I did lose the thread of this sometimes, forgetting who was who and how they fitted into the various factions and sub-factions. But my curiosity kept me going, to learn what the Visitor's mission was.

In the 2070s the United States has split up into different regions and free cities, owing nominal allegiance to Washington, if that. The leos are a genetically engineered hybrid between humans and lions, the only mammalian hybrid that is not sterile. But can they find a place in human society other than as the tool of politicians scapegoating or supporting the leos to win themselves popularity?

Good story with fascinating descriptions of the world as experienced differently by hawks, leos, a solitary fox-human hybrid, and an enhanced dog.

Engine Summer
Rush That Speaks grows up in Little Belair, a warren which survived the long-ago collapse of civilisation brought about by a disaster known as the Storm. Curious about the world outside he goes off travelling, hoping to find a saint and a girl who previously left Little Belair.

I got a bit frustrated with this sometimes trying to relate it to the present, or rather the 1970s when it was written. There were definitely times when the characters were under the influence of mind-expanding technology when I really didn't understand it all. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Jul 9, 2015 |
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The Deep

In a twilight land, two warring powers -- the Reds and the Blacks -- play out an ancient game of murder and betrayal. Then a Visitor from beyond the sky arrives to play a part in this dark and bloody pageant. From the moment he is found by two women who tend to the dead in the wake of battles, it is clear that the great game is to change at last.


It is the day after tomorrow, and society has been altered dramatically by experimentation that enables scientists to combine the genetic material of different species, mixing DNA of humans with animals. Loren Casaubon is an ethologist drawn into the political and social vortex that results with Leo -- a creature both man and lion -- at its center.

Engine Summer

A young man named Rush That Speaks is growing up in a far distant world -- one that only dimly remembers our own age, the wondrous age of the Angels, when men could fly. Now it is the "engine summer of the world," and Rush goes in search of the Saints who can teach him to speak truthfully, and be immortal in the stories he tells. The immortality that awaits him, though, is one he could not have imagined.

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