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So, I’m giving it a final rating of 4 stars for the fact it got better and better as I got more into it, culminating in a very enjoyable read I couldn’t put down, and, call it material reasons if you will, for all the beautiful imagery I got in my head while reading it, along with the gorgeous paintings and artwork associated with this novel.

I like here SF better than her other novels. Yet if we do, that is still just the first step in an epic, epic journey. That’s fine – except nothing about the book is strong enough to carry it as a fantasy, either. However occasional forays across the fence have rewarded me richly.

The writing is clunky. Because Gren questions Toy’s decisions, she banishes him from the tribe, and another young woman, Poyly, sides with Gren. In Aldiss this is a theme that is there also in Earthworks and most richly expressed in The Helliconia Trilogy. Like HelliconiaHothouse is redolent with Gaian themes.

Hothouse – Brian Aldiss

After a power-struggle, Gren leaves the tribe with his girlfriend Poyly, also taken over by the morel. This is a letter I will always treasure. I rather liked this one even if it there was a little character development…we reallly never got the chance to bond with the characters…but the novel is so widly imaginitive that it is hard not to remember it.


But a morel – a brain fungus with the knowledge of a sage – parasitizes both of them and helps them successfully negotiate all challenges. They had no idea what their destination was. Aldiss tries to raise the ante in the final pages, and reaches towards a grand, cataclysmic conclusion—in which his main characters must choose between acceptance of hkthouse Earth’s impending destruction or embark upon a once again implausible plan of rebirth and regeneration.

In the novel, Earth now has one side constantly facing the sun which is larger and hotter than it is at present so it has become a veritable hothousewhere plants have filled almost all ecological niches. Yes, this sounds ludicrous. There’s one more thing.

PD James was accused of plagiarism over The Children of Men, which had hothoue almost identical plot to a much earlier Aldiss novel of which it was eventually accepted she had been unaware. It’s less like a novel and more like a furious struggle for survival, everyday hazards in an alien future.

Yes, we also have talking fungus. Just the same as the created societies in good sf novels affect the characters and influence their stories. Might try this one too. Living with Climate Change: This novel is fantastic in every sense of the word. More info in it: I very much enjoyed it, though I can understand why others might not.

Some plants can see, though none can hear. Too bad it has some structural weaknesses.

The characters are not “deep” but they are believable, the weird plants tend to have oddly whimsical names in spite grian their deadliness, and the whole thing is written in very nice literate English prose. Almost at once the paperwing turned grey as its small nourishments content was sucked out. Plants and vegetable reign supreme, and I seldom reread books because there are too many interesting unread books in the world to catch up with but some books just haunt me, demanding to ohthouse reread because I have forgotten too many details.


One of the paperwings alighted fluttering on a tuft of emerald foliage near the watchers.

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Not in the way of many golden-age SF books, with nubile alien slave girls and sexy sorceresses – I love those! I suppose Non-Stop may be a better novel, but I found this one more enjoyable and memorable.

With greatly reduced intelligence and a simple, tribal lifestyle, hothoues struggle to stay alive long enough to maintain their population. The last remnants of humanity are fighting for survival, terrorised by the carnivorous plants and the grotesque insect life. Have you read Cloud Atlas? Note that I wrote innot with.

But each succeeds in making the atmosphere into a major protagonist in its unfolding drama, with all the potential for paranoia and claustrophobia implied by such a state of affairs. The Sun has swollen to fill half the sky and, with brixn increased light and heat, the plants are briqn in a constant frenzy of growth and decay, like a tropical forest enhanced a thousandfold.

The aggressive environment reminds me of hotthouse action-packed Deathworld 1 by Harry Harrison long-time collaborator of Brian Aldissthe aforementioned The Day of the Triffidsand – strangely enough – my favorite computer game Plants vs. Some passages were very repetitive, both in words used lie there quivering on the quivering greencemented into place with the cement distilled So we better get used to it.

In other words, they have become all kinds of big, ungly nastiness and have developed a hankering for human-ka-bobs or ka-Ricks, ka-Dans, or ka-Marys for that matter.