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RADIX Mass Market Paperback – Sep 1 1985


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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Spectra; Reprint edition (Sept. 1 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553254065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553254068
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,014,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I thought about reading Radix because I like to pick out older and overlooked science fiction books and I have found some gems in the past, like David Zindell's Neverness and Donald Kingsbury's Courtship Rite. But this book nearly drove me crazy. It started out all right, with the protagonist Sumner Kagan gaining revenge against various gangs. Although it didn't hook me, it was enough to keep me reading. But once the novel introduced the voors, telepathic entities, it started going downhill into an endless stream of metaphysical mumbo-jumbo. The plot, if it could be called such, veered off into a hundred different directions and I couldn't buy Sumner's development from fat, picked-on punk kid to Nietzchean superman. The novel might have been better if it just stuck to the pre-developed Sumner. And the climax and ending were so scattershot and confusing, I felt like I was reading Mad Max meets Monty Python meets Nietzche. Half the time I didn't understand what was going on. And when I did, it didn't interest me.
Reading this book was also an exercise in frustration, as a hundred different characters keep popping in and out. You need a score card to keep track. And terms. He sticks together so many words and phrases and similes that my eyes glazed over trying to read them. Psynergy, eo, Delph, godmind, voors, starglass. It's annoying to have to go back and forth trying to figure who's who and what's what. The only reason I even finished this book was because I had already read half of it and wanted to see if it got any better.

A lot of people have compared this novel to Dune by Frank Herbert. Perhaps it has a few similarities, but Dune is a vastly superior work.
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I am glad that I read the later, harder-SF "Centuries" before "Radix". Attanasio operates well as either a hard SF writer or as a metaphysical fantasist. In this, his first book, he tries to be both at once and it doesn't quite work. "Radix" is a saga of a far-future Earth in which mutation has gone rampant after a cosmological cataclysm. Daringly, lead character Sumner Kagan starts off as a screwed-up, homicidal, obese urban teenager. Through the several hundred pages, he transforms into a battered-but-charismatic hero and troubled demigod. Kagan, the divers supporting characters and some of the Big Ideas are great: I was satisfyingly creeped out by the concept of a powerful AI spying on the world through the senses of millions of synthetic "wild animals". However, the highly metaphysical treatment of the nature of once of the species, and of "life force" generally leaves something to be desired, the "Love Reigns Supreme" moral is a tad heavy-handed, and the pseudoscientific rationalisations that appear here and there are bogus enough to break belief for any reader with any scientific nous. Then there is the writing style. Later Attanasio is lyrical and reads beautifully and easily. Here, he overdoes it. Some sentences are elliptical to the point of incoherence. Pretentiously florid adjectives are piled on top of hopelessly inappropriate metaphors. The overall effect is a bit like "Covenant"-era Stephen Donaldson trying to write a Greg Bear novel by channeling acidheads from Zeta Reticuli. Appeals to some, I suppose, but I am glad he grew out of it. NB: the extensive esoteric internal dialog of some characters, and the names-dates-and-glossary appendix. I can see why some readers are reminded of "Dune"...
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By A Customer on May 31 2001
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I first read about this book on Amazon. They didn't have it. So I lookedand looked, finally I found it in the book section of my favorite storefor under 3 dollars. What a deal. This book is simply one of the bestbooks I have ever read, and my friends I have read a lot ofbooks.
Sumner Kagan has to be one of the most complex main charactersI've seen in a long time, and I still have yet to finish the book.Attanasio does a wonderful job of creating a world that is extremelycomplex and fascinating. It isn't a regular tale: characters that areintroduced and play somewhat of a large role in the story are killed offwithout thought in less than a paragraph.
I recommend this book toanyone who enjoyed Frank Herbert's DUNE series, or any other series in theSciFi/Fantasy genre. It's a classic.
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A. A. Attanasio is one of the most eloquent writers of this generation. Radix, his first novel, is a profound work not only by it's theme and poetic quality but by the origination of a unique yet classical style of fiction. It set a precident for deep theological examination that has continued in the author's works for nearly twenty years now.
My original paperback copy of Radix is a cherished momento. Though yellowed by time and falling apart I count dozens of hands it passed through: it impacted lives almost religeously. I have saught out other copies and am currently seeking a hardcover copy for a gift. It is certainly more than your usual work of science fiction and I urge you, if you have not read it, to seek it out and cherish it.
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