Muse by Craig Ranapia

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Muse: The Disappearing of Paradise

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  • Craig Ranapia,

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    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

    Yay, and book blog. This sounds great. Do you think it would be suitable for a young reader fresh from the Divergent series?

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to JacksonP,

    Do you think it would be suitable for a young reader fresh from the Divergent series?

    I'll give you a heavily qualified "yes" on that. Mann is a very dense level up from standard YA prose, but definitely worth the effort. If you're looking for entry level Mann, I'd say get the little boogers hooked on Master of Paxwax -- it worked for me.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    I don’t know that Eleanor Catton got much press until she’d actually won, did she? Books not being interesting unless we beat the world with them. <sigh>

    I’m grateful for your heads-up Craig – I look forward to reading this. :-)

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3887 posts Report Reply

  • Martin Lindberg,

    So why, as far as I can tell, hasn’t this gotten any mainstream media attention at all?

    I’m guessing because it’s genre fiction. It doesn’t belong in the nice drawing rooms of literary fiction. (Not my own opinion I’ll add). And while there may occasionally be a story on Eleanor Catton in mainstream media it’s only because she won the 2013 Writers’ World Cup or something.

    Stockholm • Since Jul 2009 • 802 posts Report Reply

  • The Other Andrew Smith,

    There is also the radio version where Dick Weir narrates both Master of Paxwax and The Fall of the Families in their entirety with voices. It still gets played at ungodly hours on Radio New Zealand Nights. Still available from Replay Radio. A bit pricey, but so tempting!

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2007 • 10 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    I’d say get the little boogers hooked on Master of Paxwax – it worked for me.

    Thanks for the recommendation. :-)

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

  • TracyMac,

    Eleanor Catton did get press when nominated, but definitely not as much as compared to when she won.

    I think it's appalling, really, although I wonder if there would have been more publicity if he'd been nominated for a Hugo. As an SF reader, I have to admit I have greater awareness of those nominees (also, in terms of what my friends follow as well) than the A.C. Clarke awards. Although I certainly think it's prestigious enough to be picked up by NZ media.

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 701 posts Report Reply

  • Julian Melville,

    I'll have to admit to being woefully ignorant of Phillip Mann. I've got no idea why, but I'll fix that sharpish. I do think that SF generally gets pretty short shrift as "genre" fiction rather than "real literature", whatever that is, maybe that's why it hasn't been mentioned.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 199 posts Report Reply

  • Soon Lee,

    Thought I'd seen that name before. You can still stream the reading of his story "Wulfsyarn" from the RNZ National site.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2013 • 141 posts Report Reply

  • Matt Pitt,

    I have tested your recommendations - a post of yours over at io9 put me on to Alif The Unseen - and I like the results! I will now be searching out Phillip Mann, thankyouverymuch.

    New Zealand • Since Sep 2013 • 6 posts Report Reply

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