rachelmanija: (Books: old)
rachelmanija ([personal profile] rachelmanija) wrote in [personal profile] melannen 2017-03-15 01:47 am (UTC)

It says 'seminal.' Ha ha.

Of the more obscure books there, A Voyage to Arcturus is worth reading. It's really, really strange. I don't even know how to describe it. I think it's an allegory but I'm not sure of what. If you fuck, at least keep fucking till you actually get to Arcturus and everyone's bodies start morphing (this will continue); I vaguely recall a totally irrelevant first chapter set on Earth that is probably just there because of at-the-time genre conventions.

I like The Princess and the Goblin but MacDonald's masterwork is the short story "The Golden Key," which I would highly recommend whether you like the former or not. It starts out a fairly conventional fairytale with old-school morals like "Wash your face" (seriously) and then turns into something really amazing and powerful. The Princess and the Goblin is fine but not his best work.

I have made multiple, determined attempts at The Worm Ouroboros and have never gotten very far. Some day I will be in the perfect mood and possibly find it entrancing.

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