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Demon The satellite sized alien Gaea has gone completely insane She has transformed her love of old movies into monstrous realities She is Marilyn Monroe She is King Kong And now she must be destroyed Disappointingly, the most conventional book in the trilogy surprising since it mostly concerns the build up to war with a 50 foot Marilyn Monroe avatar Varley falls back on war novel stuff, half baked politics and too much deliberate withholding of important plot points in service of the big reveal to really pull off a satisfying conclusion. I read the first two books of John Varley s magnificent Gaean trilogy, Titan and Wizard, when I was in high school, back in the mid eighties and I really enjoyed them Somehow, inexplicably, I never read the third, Demon When I began reading again in 2008 after graduating from law school and then especially when I connected with Goodreads in 2011, I remembered the trilogy and decided to finish what was started.Demon was first published in 1984 and completes the trilogy of humanity s encounter I read the first two books of John Varley s magnificent Gaean trilogy, Titan and Wizard, when I was in high school, back in the mid eighties and I really enjoyed them Somehow, inexplicably, I never read the third, Demon When I began reading again in 2008 after graduating from law school and then especially when I connected with Goodreads in 2011, I remembered the trilogy and decided to finish what was started.Demon was first published in 1984 and completes the trilogy of humanity s encounter with a living being in the shape of a 1,300 km diameter Stanford torus, inhabited by many different species such as the centaur like Titanides, living blimps, iron masters, and the god like, insane entity known as Gaea in orbit around Saturn The protagonist of the trilogy is Cirocco Jones, a charismatic but complex super hero who displays a dramatic counter figure to the deliberate antagonist of Gaea The real quality of the trilogy is Varley s wonderfully imaginative, uniquely original world building In contrast with the Tolkien inspired sub genre of fantasy series, this is a decidedly American fantasy For the most part, I absolutely love this trilogy On the idea front, it s wild with some of the coolest and strangest story combinations, from a life as a movie set to an intentionally perverse Greek Mythos setup to the enormous annihilation of humanity in the Fifth Nuclear War some twenty years after book 2 , to the fact that we re on an all out trip to overthrow a god here on the artificial moon.Cirocco Jones is something around a hundred and twenty years old at this point and she s complete For the most part, I absolutely love this trilogy On the idea front, it s wild with some of the coolest and strangest story combinations, from a life as a movie set to an intentionally perverse Greek Mythos setup to the enormous annihilation of humanity in the Fifth Nuclear War some twenty years after book 2 , to the fact that we re on an all out trip to overthrow a god here on the artificial moon.Cirocco Jones is something around a hundred and twenty years old at this point and she s completely turned on Gaia who seems to be going batshit crazy If you don t believe me, check out her children, her affair with King Kong as a 50 ft Marylin Monroe, or her myriad lies or new fascinations She s been around a long time She s also a fan of the human culture Hell, I like Gaia because she s a big fan of movie monsters and science fiction epics and doesn t mind playing around with all the creations in the world to fill her whims Cirocco Jones should have been her wizard and go between, but a lot of that sours because of that little demon that was put in her and others heads It s easy to do anything and go completely crazy as a god Especially if you re not Hints and oddities aside, not to mention outright spoilers, the outright strangeness and world building of these novels are absolutely amazing I can t do them justice in twenty pages of lists of creatures or alien oddities, and they re all great, even the ones built off of our own science fiction past The god is a fan, as is the author, and this,than anything, makes me want to scream and jump and shout at everyone to say, Hey, this shit is BRILLIANT, Yo I didn t even have a problem with the fundamental story this time It has gotten better and the shape of everything from the first to the third novel has become something rather awesome.So why didn t I give it a full 5 star Or the rest of them, for that matter I was annoyed I really don t care whether authors like to go all out with atheism or not in their text It doesn t bother me I actually found the undead Martin Luthers not Jr spouting their undead religion rather funny I didn t even find the intellectual and wild creation of the Titanides sexual congress too much It was fascinating to learn about, with time.I suppose what bothered me was the heavy and I mean heavy focus on sex and sexuality I m not particularly prudish or anything and I ve read romance novels that can make any maiden aunt blush, but the way it is explored in these novels was SF, idea exploring, theoretically uplifting and often squirm inducing It ran the whole course, from humans becoming Titanides with three sex organs to the oddities of the ians to normal couples to monster sex And he s trying to make deep points and make logical and heart felt leaps and none of it quite hits the mark.If the sex had been just a sideline part of the novel, this might not have been much of an issue for me As it was, sex, sex, sex was a huge part of the narrative, conflict, and deep discussion of all three novels And let me be clear little of it was meant to titillate or amuse or get us hot as readers It s weird how I might even have forgiven thatthan what actually happened.I m not saying it s not worthwhile, however, and some readers might be a lotforgiving in their final estimation than me And then others might just perform a handwavium exercise and forgive it all because the rest is truly a fantastic work of the imagination I was tempted I really was I almost did the handwavium thing But the balance was off It was almost perfect, but that flaw was just a bit too much.I still recommend this book even with such caveats It s a fun and easy read for all that, but above all, it s wild with ideas and imagery and a lot of the actual writing is pretty brilliant in its descriptions I m quite willing to put this up there with some of the biggest SF classics of all time even as I grumble about the parts that annoy me The weight of the good far far outweighs the bad The satellite sized alien Gaea had gone completely insaneShe held control of a complete world with her mindSee Angels,Witches,Zombies,Lesbians,King Kong,Sentient Blimps,Animated cameras,Centaur Titanides, The fountain of Youth,Whales that smash ships,Baby eating Iron Masters, A fifty foot high Marilyn Monroe,Hollywood movies of the 30 s to the 90 s,Fighter aircraft versus flying buzz bombs, With every country having the Bomb World War V Epic science fiction on a grand scaleCirocco Jones, form The satellite sized alien Gaea had gone completely insaneShe held control of a complete world with her mindSee Angels,Witches,Zombies,Lesbians,King Kong,Sentient Blimps,Animated cameras,Centaur Titanides, The fountain of Youth,Whales that smash ships,Baby eating Iron Masters, A fifty foot high Marilyn Monroe,Hollywood movies of the 30 s to the 90 s,Fighter aircraft versus flying buzz bombs, With every country having the Bomb World War V Epic science fiction on a grand scaleCirocco Jones, former astronaut, turned Wizard and now Demon, challenges Gaea, the world goddess for mastery of a living satellite Watch Cirocco collect a diverse crew, who are all determined to overthrow Gaea, and shape them into a Hollywood style army The obligatory fight sceneThere was nothing he could do to help the women There were at least six men attacking them So he would follow the man with the baby, because of all the things that could happen in Gaea he felt being sold to the Iron Masters was the worst He was already after the man when the screaming began Against his will, he looked back.It was like a tornado The women had knives in each hand, and knives in their boots, and they were whirling madly, shrieking at the top of their lungs, slashing and stabbing One man took seven wounds before he had time to fall down and start to die Another tried to hold his throat together as a second blade entered his bowels Four were down, then five, as others moved in with knives drawn.It was too bad, really It was the most amazing display of sheer, furious will to fight he had ever seen, but he didn t see how the two could hold off an army They were going to take a fine honor guard to hell with them, but they were going to die The least he could do was save the child of the older warrior Baby Adam s view of this strange new worldThe last member of the party was the happiest of the lot.He had been near death three times in his short life, but he did not know that His mother had been his first potential murderer Robin had thought long and hard on it, when she saw what she had miraculously brought forth from her troubled womb into a troubled world.Most recently he had almost been killed by a babylegger His memories of that were vague It had all been over so quickly He remembered the man who had smiled down at him He liked the man.There were a lot of new people He liked that He liked the new place, too It was easier to walk here He didn t fall down so much Some of the new people were very big, and they had a lot of legs They were many exciting colors, so bright and vivid that he laughed in delight every time he saw them He had learned a new word Tye Nye.A bright yellow Tye Nye was carrying him now He was satisfied with the ride Only two things marred an other wise perfect afternoon His ass felt wet, and he was wondering if it was about time for dinnerHe was just about to mention these points when the Tye Nye handed him to mother Mother put him on the Tye Nye s back, and he watched the Tye Nye s long, fluffy pink hair bouncing above him as his mother changed his diaper The Tye Nye turned her head around, and he found that hilarious And mother was laughing She hadn t been doing that much lately Adam was ecstatic.Robin opened her shirt, lifted him, and he found the nipple.And now the world was perfect Home made movies Gaea style the King Kong showdownGaea bit the head off a second man This one was dressed in an orange robe The first had been in a traditional priest s collar and black vestments.It was a warm up for the match with Kong The giant ape could be seen hovering in the background of some of the shots The bolex who shot them had beenconcerned with the eating of the holy men Each shot was rock steady and carefully framed.The fight began Gaea and Kong grappled Kong went sailing over Gaea s head to land on his back He seemed stunned as Gaea lumbered over and pinned him Gaea was thrown off the great beast He came after her There was a gap, and Kong was down again Gaea hovered over him, then pounced Luther a zombie priestLuther stalked the docks of a Bellinzona as empty of people as the dusty streets of the western town in High Noon, with Gary Cooper It is possible his mind made the connection, as he had recently seen the film at Pandemonium.He didn t look like Gary Cooper He looked like Frankenstein s monster after a three day bender and a car wreck Most of the left side of his face was gone, baring some jawbone and cracked teeth, part of a mastoid, and a hollow eye socket Greenish brain tissue showed through a ragged crack in his skull, as if it had leaked out and been haphazardly stuffed back in His remaining eye was a black pit in a red sea, blazing with righteous fury Sutures encircled his neck not scars, but actual thick threads piercing the skin If they were removed, his head would have fallen off.All of his body but his hands was concealed behind a filthy black cassock The hands bore stigmata which wept blood and pus One of his legs was shorter than the other It was not a deformity, but a simple mechanical problem the leg had once belonged to a nun It did not slow him down Zombie attackShe got up, yawning, padded to the window, and stuck her head out She looked down.What she saw was frozen in her memory for all time.There was a thing climbing up the outside of the house She saw its arms, which were made of bones and snakes, and the top of its head, which was covered with cracked parchment and scraps of long hair But the true terror was in its hands She could see the bare finger bones, pieces of rotting flesh, and mouths Each finger ended in a little blind snake with a wide mouth and needle teeth, and when the hand grasped the vertical wall the snakes bit into the wood with an audible crunch The thing was coming up fast, hand over hand She was fumbling for her gun, realizing belatedly that she had no clothes on, when the thing looked up It had the face of a skull Worms swarmed in the eye sockets.Nova was not easily frightened Even that horrific face was not enough to make her scream But then she turned to get her gun and was face to face with the second thing, hanging from the wall beside the window, its face two feet away from her own Above its eyebrows there was just jagged bone and a boiling mass of worms It reached for her and she screamed Dive bombing the enemyThe jet waggled its wings, dipped one, and dived It leveled out at a hundred meters or so, and now the crazy thing had a full throated roar Hard to believe it could do anything, but still, to a flock of people who had seen at least four war movies a week for years the scene had a certain nervous familiarity It had some of the flavor of those passes the F 86 s took in The Bridges at Toko Ri, or maybelike a Jap Zero skittering down toward that big scow the Arizona in Tora Tora Tora Or a hundred other air combat pictures where the plane moves in fast and hot and starts shooting, only in those pictures you mostly saw the action from the air, where everything bloomed up toward you in terrific technicolor, not from the ground, where in a few short seconds things were beyond belief.The entire row of temples went up almost simultaneously There would be a hypersonic streak of fire and the smart missiles would go right through the front door and boom, nothing but splinters and a mushroom of flame The plane was strafing, too, but instead of going ka chow ka chow ka chow and making little fountains of dirt in neat rows, these damn things twisted and turned and chased you, and went off like hand grenades when they hit.With cameos from a Sand worm, Alex Guinness, Monty Python and popular culture references this is an epic of an adventure Quotes from the producers Stupidity got us into thismess why can t it get us out Will RogersWhat we want is a story thatstarts with an earthquake andworks its way up to a climax Sam GoldwynI was always an independent,even when I had partners Sam GoldwynYou ve got to take thebull by the teeth Sam GoldwynInclude me out Sam GoldwynEnjoy

  • Unknown Binding
  • 464 pages
  • Demon
  • John Varley
  • English
  • 14 August 2019
  • 0399129456

About the Author: John Varley

Full name John Herbert Varley.John Varley was born in Austin, Texas He grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, moved to Port Arthur in 1957, and graduated from Nederland High School He went to Michigan State University He has written several novels and numerous short stories.He has received both the Hugo and Nebula awards.


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