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turn up seem indicate that this isn t satire but it belongs to a school f sci fi that s tongue in cheek in its approach bordering n absurdism but not uite philosophically adept enough to earn that label It reads like a Saturday Night Live sketch that s 212 pages long and "has also ingested steroidsTo be clear I m not ragging n absurdist flavoured fiction I m a huge fan "also ingested steroidsTo be clear I m not ragging Il Barça on absurdist flavoured fiction I m a huge fan The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy while I couldn t uite get through Catch 22 the first time I wasnly in grade 6 so I figure I have an excuse I m going to try again soon But even absurdist literature might have a point this book does not Both its characters and its plot are utterly superfluous excise both from the book and the same story minus the fanciful names remains in its uestionable gloryMost Italian Phrase Book of Sex and the High Command is dialogue and mostf that dialogue makes no sense whatsoever I spent all my time as bewildered as the main character I spent all my time as bewildered as the main character Hansen who also has no idea what is going Lovesong (Green Creek on Normally this shared bewilderment creates a sensef empathy between reader and protagonist To some extent that s true here Hansen s probably the least worst character in the book but any hope The Countess of identifying with Hansen is scuttled in the very first chapter by the way he arrives home after his tourf duty waltzing into his house and expecting his wife and daughter to be waiting for him full Gully Dirt: On Exposing the Klan, Raising a Hog, and Escaping the South of analogies about how he runs his home like a boat Right I m aware that this is probably just the novel showing its age combined with my inability to put myself in a 1970s male mindset but I was prejudiced against Hansen from the startThe trouble is Boyd s straw men feminists pun intended are so flimsy that it s impossible to identify with them either The reader is left watching insane protagonists the de facto leaderf whom is intent Kelttiläistarinoita on nuking the continental United States and even insane antagonists The method by which the women gain power forcing the incumbent government to flee to Greenland is specious at best I m not even going to talk about how the incumbent government was planning to stay in power by conspiring to get a redneck elected president in return for finding him a virgin redneck girl to marry Only the FBI agent sent to find said girl beds her before bringing her back and then the redneck and his new bride die when their yacht sinks while they have sex Oh and a grammarian literally diesf a heart attack from hearing the redneck put four prepositions at the end f a sentenceYes it s as bad as it soundsSince the dialogue is so confusing and the actions that dialogue seems to precipitate make no sense I spent the majority f the book turning the pages and remarking This book is FUBAR Ordinarily that s not a good thing and Sex and the High Command is not Uomini ad Auschwitz: Storia del più famigerato campo di sterminio nazista onef those rare it s so crazy it s brilliant exceptions It is FUBARThematically this book is a mess I will ignore the fact Roma Noir of its anti feminism declaiming that would be futile and focusnly A History of the Crusades, Volumes I, II and III (Boxed Set) on the unrealistic portrayalf its feminist antagonists Yet another Love is the Enemy onef those pesky relativistic ualifi. N candidate for president and the perfector f VITA LERP a biological skin cr. ,Could Turn Up Seem
Reminiscent f Dr Strangelove this is fine satire Any attempt to take it seriously would indicate a faulty sense f humorMy favorite partWhere s this boy "YOU DONE BEEN SPOKE FOR TO "done been spoke for to atA thud from Steward s direction caused Hansen to glance ver and down to see that the grammarian Oglinda salvata operative had toppled from his stool In the blue lightf the radio shack Hansen could see the eyes staring into infinity and he knew that faulty grammar had killed the grammarian A heart which beat through three prepositions at the end f a sentence had been stopped by four Practically an historical artifact to me Sex and the High Command was educational even though it was not entertaining It reminded me that there s a sharp difference between books set in the Cold War written during the Cold War and books set in the Cold War written after the fact Reading it while discussing The Left Hand f Darkness in English class I was struck by the similarities in the two novels both are about gender issues and both are a product Nemico of the 1960s But that s where the similarity ends Sex and the High Command definitely reads like the sortf pulp sci
novel that made difficult for the mainstream audience to take science fiction seriously the sort Cannella e polvere da sparo of novel against which Ursula K Le Guin was campaigning both thematically and structurally when she cameut with The Left Hand f Darkness Now I haven t read much pulp sci fi That was part f the reason I elected to read this awful book I also saw it featured in an io9 triviagasm about parthenogenesis and decided to check it Every House Needs a Balcony: A Novel out I m aware there s probably much better pulp sci fi stressing that better is an incredibly relative term The description is very sparse so I ll deviate from my normal reviewer schema and give a brief plot summary It s contemporary 1970s America Captain Ben Hansenf the United States Navy is just returning home from an eighteen month tour f duty ff Antarctica While he s been away a scientist by the name DOGA AST of Dr Henrietta Carey has perfected anrgasm inducing parthenogenesis drug marketed under the name Vita Lerp and collouially called a V bomb As a result America s women are flocking to the FEM Freedom Euality and Motherhood party to support Carey as a presidential candidate and literally eliminate men as superfluous uantities Hansen falls in with several high ranking military Poems (The I Tatti Renaissance Library) officers and key cabinet members to plot how to take the United States back from these crazy manslaughtering womenYes it s as bad as it soundsLet me set the thematic elements aside for the moment and solely focusn how badly written the book is To be fair I have read worse John Boyd actually has a very good command Bleach, Volume 05 of the English language both in vocabulary and syntax It s clear he loves describing navalperations in detail he doesn t just say the ship docked but spends entire pages showing us the Gather Together in My Name 1ST Edition operation Those interested in reading naval fiction might getut Pentimento of this book than I didAs a story however Sex and the High Command severely lacks anything resembling a sensible plotr realistic character development Again my context is a littl. WOMEN'S LIB GONE WILDDr Henrietta Carey leader f the Fems was the first woma. Cations the feminist movement as we know it today was very young in that era and it s not likeFi Novel That Made
could go nline and do a couple hours research n the the non existence f the Internet was also probably an Run to the Roar: Coaching to Overcome Fear obstacle to such an endeavour And the movement was scary to those in power as change always is Still Boyd grievously misrepresents the feminist platformThe most striking example comes toward the endf the book after the women have assumed power and are making it "ever harder for men to be men and small green furry creatures "harder for men to be men and small green furry creatures Alpha Centauri to be small green furry creatures from Alpha Centauri Boyd has the women led by the Mother Presiding Dr Carey hyper feminize America And in so doing those same women are behaving like non feminist women who just happen to have homicidal urges any time theyBoyd could go nline and do a couple hours research n the
a man who t blindly docile to the New Logic The Art of Teaching the Bible: A Practical Guide for Adults of women Whereas feminism now focusesn gender euality and eliminating difference Boyd s feminists exhibit traits that modern feminism claims exist primarily because Gaudi of male dominance in society ergo in a female dominatedr gender eual society those traits would be minimized The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Vol. 2 or non existent As a result while Sex and the High Command probably stands as an interesting examplef how reactionaries viewed the fledgling feminist movement Astrología para principiantes of the 1960s it s hardly a valid critiuef that movementSo Sex and the High Command is neither an intellectually stimulating polemic nor a rousing adventure novel It has no interesting characters very little clever Amen: what prayer can mean in a world beyond belief or even cogent dialogue and a distinct absencef plot No Puedo Perderte or true resolution So already this book has managed to alienate the two largest non disjoint setsf SF readers those who seek profound themes and those who just want to relax and read a good story Only those interested in historical artifacts In Every Heartbeat or people like me who will read something that they suspect is awful just for that suspicion will find this book appealing But that may beptimism The Seraphim Code on my partBecause repetition is key yes it s as bad as it sounds Very un entertaining book The book first published in 1970 I love the back cover blurb Women s Lib Gone Wild and the author John Boyd dedicates the book to the Greek dramatist Aristophanes and the American comicsatarist Lenny Bruce an interesting choice Aristophanesf course wrote the play Lysistrata in which the women Sortemesse of ancient Athens and the restf Greece withheld sex from the men until they stopped the Peloponnesian WarHowever in Boyd s book the women want to do away with men entirely As the back page says It spelled war between the sexes I found the book disjointed in parts At times is was down right confusing There was a host La fabbrica di cioccolato of characters coming in andut Klara with A K of the book While I enjoyed the different personalities and their individual uirks I never really seemed to get to know them The endingf the book seemed rushed like Boyd had a deadline to meet One thing piled Serving Sera on another and another Again their were partsf the book that were interesting but n the whole it was a disappointment it could have been so much betterBUT the last page I did like. Eam designed to do away with superfluous men It spelled WAR BETWEEN THE SEXES. .See A Man Who
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