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His courting of Mrs. Underwood is naive and sincere, and the slow emergence of his humanity is fun to watch. A lot of the appeal of An Alien Heat is the humor, and in this the novel is not dated in the slightest. The characters are strong, colorful, and interesting, and the world at the End of Time is filled with details that make it stand out.

An Alien Heat is quick, and over with just as quickly. Good thing there are two more novels in this cycle. Shelves: moorcock. An Alien Heat was absurd and hilarious! Who knew Moorcock was so funny? Jherek Carnellian is a fantastic character, Bertie Wooster-ish at times. I knew I was going to enjoy the book when the prologue said "Following is the story of Jherek Carnellian, who didn't know the meaning of morality, and Mrs.

Amelia Underwood, who knew everything about it. Jherek Carnellian falls in love with Victorian time traveler Mrs. Underwood and pursues her back to the 19th century. Hilarity ensues. It's something to behold. Here's another quote to show you how hilarious this book is: "Do you plan to have any children, Mr. Underwood cleared his throat.


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I must admit it took me a while to work it out. You know," Jherek turned to make sure Mrs. Underwood was included in the conversation, "finding what goes in where and so forth. Buy it. Read it. Quote it to your friends until they feel like slapping you. Shelves: read-in , sci-fi , britain , 70s-delerium. I think this tends not to be a favorite Moorcock series, and it's not hard to see why, since it forgoes adventure narrative for a sort of weird ethnographic comedy of manners about the expiring cultural scene at the end of Earth and perhaps the Universe , when humanity has accomplished nearly all it set out to and become bored with it, left immortal and all-controlling to invent new affectations in order to pass the time.

The pacing is weird, the story gaining focus mostly in odd character I think this tends not to be a favorite Moorcock series, and it's not hard to see why, since it forgoes adventure narrative for a sort of weird ethnographic comedy of manners about the expiring cultural scene at the end of Earth and perhaps the Universe , when humanity has accomplished nearly all it set out to and become bored with it, left immortal and all-controlling to invent new affectations in order to pass the time.

The pacing is weird, the story gaining focus mostly in odd character interactions mainly catalyzed by the appearance of a time traveler from 19th century England , and that works just fine for me, since sometimes Moorcock's "exciting" plot mechanics can become a little rote.

I'd hazard that this is roughly Moorcock as satirist, but it's mostly of a dry earnest satire where the major arc remains more important yet soundly absurd than the incidentals it explores. Blatantly conceived of as a trilogy, this all feels like possibly little more than set up, but it's hard to feel any real urgency about getting to it anyway.

Dec 07, Alison H rated it really liked it. In a future where there is no disease, old age, and the few humans left can live as long as they whant. In this future nothing is taken seriously.

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Then while at a party that hosting a alien thats been going to planets to worn the world that its going to end soon at the Dukes kingdom. The Alien is then captured by Lady Charlotina. Jherek Carnelian a 19th century specialist while at the party meet a young 19th century lady Mrs. Amelia Underwood and instantly falls in love with her. Jherek must In a future where there is no disease, old age, and the few humans left can live as long as they whant. Jherek must learn the true meaning of love and somehow get Amelia to love him.

Jherek ends up stealing the alien that Lady Charlotina kidnapped and trades it for Amelia who was currently living with Mongrove a giant that hates Jherek. Then Carnelian pledges her revenge against Jherek. Amelia than tries to teach Jherek the meaning of virtue. Charlotina then sent Amelia back to her own time.

Jherek crushed fallows Amelia and then has to find her while trying to survive at the same time. I really enjoyed this book. At first it was hard for me to comprehend but once you get into the story you really begin to enjoy it. It's a sci-fi book that even my dad read while he was in high school. It's a awesome book that I hope other would enjoy. There is minor language and some sexual contentin this book.

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It's more for a mature audience but I highly recomend this for people who like sci-fi stories. Dec 22, Charles Dee Mitchell rated it really liked it Shelves: mid-century-sf. Millions of years in the future, Earth seems to have become the equivalent of a small enclave for the super-rich, only in this case funds are superfluous. Everything in unlimited -- lifetimes, the ability to alter reality, to create new settings for your life, sexual partners. This is a playground in which one of the chief players, Jherek Carnelian, is a young man who considers himself an authority on the 19th century.

First he decided to explore "virtue" as a role, but soon he decides to fall Millions of years in the future, Earth seems to have become the equivalent of a small enclave for the super-rich, only in this case funds are superfluous. First he decided to explore "virtue" as a role, but soon he decides to fall in love. Enter Mrs. Amelia Underwood, an unwilling time traveller who has been kidnapped from her comfortable life in Bromley, And there is a newly arrived alien who announces that the universe is contracting and all will be destroyed.

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At times laugh-out-loud funny and endlessly inventive, this first volume of Dancers at the End of Time seems to be making me into a Moorcock fan. When Jherek follows Mrs. Underwood back to 19th century London, he cannot imagine that everything is anything more than a play set and he is delighted by all his new experiences, right up to the point that he is to be hanged for thievery.

But this is a trilogy, so the story is just beginning. Moorcock takes us on an absurd journey into the far future when death, birth, freedom and energy itself are settled questions. We find an earth populated with a small number of idle humans whose every whim can become reality. Into this world is thrust a time traveler from Victorian England. Jherek, himself a strange example of the human species at the end of time, decides to fall in love with her, and ends up doing so in truth. When another's revenge takes the form of sending his beloved back to Moorcock takes us on an absurd journey into the far future when death, birth, freedom and energy itself are settled questions.

When another's revenge takes the form of sending his beloved back to her own time, Jherek decides he must follow her. An Alien Heat is a fascinating and fascinatingly probable look at what the future might be like if all of our needs were truly met. It's also an excellent vehicle for the leftist, anarchist Moorcock to expose some of the foibles of Victorian England, a period often viewed by nostalgics through rose-colored glasses.

In the end, I found it a bit too predictable to be truly excellent, but I certainly did enjoy it. I plan to pick up the rest of the "Dancers at the End of Time" as well.

May 26, Jim Ritchey rated it it was amazing. Amelia Underwood. The very name brings a tear to my eye--she's 'the one who got away', or the one you never met, or the one you thank the gods for every day--that she IS or WAS in your life. It is both hilarious, and a heart-rending love story. The very definition of a 'Romance', it bridges New Wave "Once upon a time, there was a time traveler named Mrs.

Fabulous fun. I preferred her in his world, though.

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This short novel really captured my imagination and defied my expectations. Took me a few hours to read, and finished it in one sitting. Highly recommended. Jul 31, Nate rated it really liked it.