Neveryona or: The Tale of Signs and Cities

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Neveryona or: The Tale of Signs and Cities

Neveryona or The Tale of Signs and Cities In the ancient fabled land of Neveryon they tell of a gleaming golden city sunken beneath the waves of historyNeveryona For Pryn a young girl fleeing her village on the back of a dragon Neveryona

  • Title: Neveryona or: The Tale of Signs and Cities
  • Author: Samuel R. Delany
  • ISBN: 9780553241778
  • Page: 341
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the ancient, fabled land of Neveryon, they tell of a gleaming golden city, sunken beneath the waves of historyNeveryona.For Pryn, a young girl fleeing her village on the back of a dragon, Neveryona becomes a shining symbol just out of reach It leads her to the exotic port city of Kolhari, where she talks with the wealthy mercahnt Madame Keyne, walks with Gorgik theIn the ancient, fabled land of Neveryon, they tell of a gleaming golden city, sunken beneath the waves of historyNeveryona.For Pryn, a young girl fleeing her village on the back of a dragon, Neveryona becomes a shining symbol just out of reach It leads her to the exotic port city of Kolhari, where she talks with the wealthy mercahnt Madame Keyne, walks with Gorgik the Liberator as he schemes against the Court of Eagles, and crosses the Bridge of Lost Desire in search of her destiny.

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    1. Algernon on said:

      The metaphysical fantasist is back, ready to guide into another exploration of the land of Neveryon, this time in a full fledged novel instead of a collection of interlinked novellas. Subtitled "The Tale of Signs and Cities", the story is everything the original cover promises: a sword & sorcery adventure into a mythical land, in the company of a brawny barbarian and a glamorous princess. But even here in the cover there are hints of undercurrents beneath appearances. Notice the role reversa [...]

    2. Nate D on said:

      Having pushed the sci-fi genre into new terrain over the first two decades of his career, Delany turned to an even more seemingly blighted genre to present his most thoughtful and theory-heavy sequence of works: the barbarian novel. If you actually dive into any of the Neveryon works, you won't be fooled for long. Delany's main conceit is to take the moment of coalescence of civilization out of hazy pre-history as the perfect test chamber in which to study the foundations for all of our societal [...]

    3. Edward Rathke on said:

      The second book and sixth story in the Neveryona series, and the first novel length story.It is the story of Pryn who leaves her northern smalltown life and world on the wings of a dragon. Her adventure takes her through the intricacies of Kolhari [the capital of this country] where she meets a powerful merchant and Gorgik the Liberator. From there she heads south, travels with smugglers, finds herself in a new small town, which she quickly leaves, to find herself working at a brewery, formerly [...]

    4. Dont on said:

      What a great read. Having already read the first Neveryon book, I was already prepared for Delany's mix of experimentation with the philosophy of language, inquiry into the confluence of race, class, gender and sexuality, and the medium of fantasy fiction. So with volume two, I was able to settle in for good long read. The narrative of the book is like a picaresque tale with the lead character moving from one set of circumstances to another, each encounter offering her a chance to dialogue on th [...]

    5. Andrea on said:

      This book has the best opening and ending I have read in ages:"She was fifteen and she flew.Her name was pryn--because she knew something of writing but not of capital letters.Who could ask for more from an opening? And the end?"Now, old city of dragons and dreams, of doubts, and terrors and all wondrous expectations, despite your rule by absent fathers, it's between us two!"Amazing. The plot is compelling too, but only when you get it. At the beginning it is utterly secondary, it must first pic [...]

    6. M. on said:

      this book, and series, is a flood of knowledge. and yet, so patient and careful with its words. not flood at all, i take that back, but a carefully constructed MAP that charts or MIRRORS (these words are in caps because there are many maps and mirrors in the series and i am making a fun inside joke) the history of writing, the production of knowledge, the shift from a barter to a money economy, and the flow of power in its various guises. all this with a backdrop of slave liberation, dragons, an [...]

    7. Cécile C. on said:

      Perhaps as puzzling as, but nonetheless more enjoyable than the first volume, if only because there is only one story with a development the reader can follow easily, instead of endless albeit very clever digressions on psychoanalysis, capitalism, gender issues etc. From here it becomes clear that the series is an attempt at defining storytelling in general, not by talking about storytelling, but by weaving a story the telling of which is intended to trigger deeper and deeper thoughts into the r [...]

    8. Geoffrey on said:

      Definitely denser than its predecessor--very little plot and much less action, not that the first volume was exactly pulse-pounding. Really, it's an intriguing hybrid between fiction and theory, but I wouldn't call it entirely smooth sailing. I know there are aspects of it that went whizzing over my head, which is okay--but then, a lot of what I DID decipher seemed perhaps overly straightforwardly borrowed from people like Derrida and Foucault. Sometimes the very lengthy dialogues mesmerize; som [...]

    9. Micah on said:

      "We fought for a vision of society, and yet we lived outside society - like soldiers fighting for a beautiful and wondrous city whose walls they have nevertheless been forbidden to enter."A swords-and-sorcery book that quotes Braudel and Kristeva, where the "magic" explored is language, power and history.

    10. molosovsky on said:

      Ich hatte die große Ehre & das noch größere Vergnügen, für die überarbeitete Neuausgabe die Übersetzung durchzusehen & zu lektorieren. Soviel für jene, die sich wundern, wie ich im Dezember 2014 bereits ein Buch empfehlen kann, das erst im Frühjahr 2015 erscheinen wird.Ich erwähne immer wieder mal mein Gedankenspiel, dass die Fantasy sich vor lauter Queste & Epik zu wenig um Alltag & die kleinen menschlichen Dinge kümmert, und eine entsprechende Frischzellenkur durch S [...]

    11. Macartney on said:

      Review is for the series: Set in a long ago time in a forgotten kingdom, Delany explores the structures of civilization in this four novel “sword and sorcery” series comprised of eleven interlinking stories surrounding Gorgik the Slave Liberator. At times privileging academic exercise over pure storytelling, the series nevertheless captivates as much as it elucidates. To be immersed in Delany’s Nevèrÿon is to watch him attempt to name the unnameable magic and spirit that makes humans hum [...]

    12. Artnoose McMoose on said:

      My friend in California gave me this book because it features a female protagonist who makes a long walking journey alone and has to make some tough decisions along the way. I haven't read any of the other books in this same world-space, so I only have the depth of character that one book can provide. Yes, it's a fantasy novel with dragons and slaves and astrolabes and gold coins. It has a compelling story however, and how often does a fantasy novel feature a quote from Society of the Spectacle [...]

    13. John on said:

      I came across the first book in the Return to Neveryon series (Tales of Neveryon) at random in a small bookstore in Stratford-upon-Avon in England. It looked interesting, so I bought it and read it on the flight back to the States. This novel sparked a love affair with the writings of Samuel R. Delany - both fiction and non-fiction, across multiple genres - that continues to this day.One of the best reasons to read the series, though, are the appendices in each book in which he shows us the insp [...]

    14. Anna on said:

      Thrilling fantasy, if you find long lectures on semiotics, capital and labor, and the fluidity of political power thrilling. (I happen to, most of the time.) Basically a loosely-plotted picaresque, elaborating on the conceptual preoccupations of "Tales of Neveryon" and reexamining some of its characters, with fewer swordfights and a few more dragons and nested stories, and one of Delany's more sympathetic female protagonists, the literate dragonrider Pryn, whose travels through Neveryon and incr [...]

    15. Katie on said:

      Self-referentially clever but not obnoxiously so, in fact, brilliantly so: like the first book, it's fantasy storytelling about fantasy storytelling. There's magic and dragons and barbarians, but there are also metafictional discussions about the value of history and fantasy and language all together. Highly recommended for fantasy fans who like to think they're smarter than most fantasy fans.

    16. Travis on said:

      Can you really mix Conan-style fantasy with high-falutin' theory? Then move the last book into the modern era & the emergence of the AIDS epidemic? Yes.

    17. Stewart Baker on said:

      There is not a strong enough word to describe how much I wish we had the newer edition of this, without Gorgik's(?) butt cheeks staring everybody down.

    18. Nathaniel on said:

      “Pryn started to speak, but a notion overtook her that no doubt overtook you several pages ago — indeed, if it took Pryn longer to realize than it took you, it was not because Pryn was the stupider; it was simply because for her this was life, not a tale; and it was all a very long time ago, so that the many tales that have nudged you to such a reading had not yet been written.”you: “I don’t understand poststructuralism.”me: read chapter 11 of Neveryóna.

    19. JuniperGreen ~✰grumpy old woman in training✰~ on said:

      In brief, the story we might have written had things been only a little different would have told of bravery, wonder, fun, laughter, love, anger, fear, tears, reconciliation, a certain wisdom, a turn of chance, and a certain resignation – the stuff of many fine tales over the ages. But in those weeks Pryn did not once think of dragons.Thus, we review them briefly.Good girls can go to heaven, bad girls are riding dragons.Neveryóna follows Pryn, neither especially good nor especially bad, a sho [...]

    20. Robert Blenheim on said:

      An excellent sequel to Delany's masterpiece, "Tales from Neveryon". The original had a character in it called Small Sarg, a character I inadvertently inspired due to a misunderstanding of views I purportedly perpetrated in the 1970's in the renowned fanzine, Khatru, when criticizing some of Delany's (and others') putdowns of men in a previous issue. I managed to stumble into debates with famous authors in the fandom world during this time (like a poor fool stumbling into a field loaded with land [...]

    21. Douglas Summers-Stay on said:

      This book is ostensibly set in 4000 BC or so. One of the characters invents writing, another invents weaving. And yet the characters are always discussing the nature of political power, semiotics, relativism, the nature of narrative. I'm sure Delany recognizes that this is unrealistic and that he is playing some deep game, but I was never able to figure out what his rules are. Also, the book has no discernable plot, which can work if you have interesting enough events and setting to sustain it, [...]

    22. Alex Jackl on said:

      Fascinating and challenging This is a difficult and interesting series. The characters are a fascinating combination of authentic grounded characters that have a reality and authenticity to them and epic characters drawn in broad strokes and part of improbable epic events and coincidences yet the story - surreal and unusual- defies expectations and is really hard to put down.

    23. Catsalive on said:

      bookcrossing/journal/1I had trouble getting into this. It didn't flow well & I didn't like the characters much. It may have helped if I'd read the earlier Tales of Neveryon, but this doesn't seem to be necessary. Perhaps it was all a bit too "academic" for me - I don't want to think too deeply about the nature of civilisation when I'm indulging in fantasy.

    24. Story on said:

      Delany examines authority, cities, systems, society here through a series of revised impressions, like breakers mold and remold a beach. Pryn's observations and reassessments a provide the very best kind of unreliable narrator: one whose thought process feels as familiar as one's own.

    25. Brittany on said:

      Started it May 2014, but it's not striking me the right way. I'll try again another time.

    26. Dawnincognito on said:

      I have finished 2 of 4 books and already want to reread them. Meta as hell.

    27. Jordan on said:

      This started off strongly, philosophizing on the natures of cities, civilization, and people. But somewhere along the line it got too didactic for me, at the expense of plot and characterization.

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