lukas, August 22, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
This collection of interconnected stories is about the evolution of the universe. I only know that because it's what it said on the back cover. I like Calvino, but admit sometimes he's a little too esoteric for me and this, along with its companion book, "t zero," is over my head. It has to do with space, dinosaurs, planets, and something named Ofwfq. Right. Both books are available in one edition called "The Complete Cosmicomics." ". . .in the darkness of the pupils, the mirrored hall of the retinas, in our true element which extends without shores, without boundaries."
Kayla Derbyshire, September 23, 2011 (view all comments by Kayla Derbyshire)
I have to say this is one of the best collection of short stories that I've read in a very long time. The stories in this book take these incredibly complex scientific ideas about the universe and turn them into beautiful narratives that leave you wanting more each time you finish. As I was reading through it I was trying to figure out which story was my favorite, and I kept jumping back and forth between two of them (Games Without End and How Much Shall We Bet) until I finally reach "The Light Years". That story just absolutely and completely blew me away. The characters in this book, though most definitely not human, have such human characteristics that sometimes you forgot that you're reading about something distinctly non-human.
Honestly, this was just a beautiful book. I would recommend it in a heartbeat. The one thing I would say? Take your time reading it. Savor each story before you move on to the next one, because they all have so much to offer. This is one of those books that I'm going to come back to again and again, because I already know that I'll get more out of it every time I read it.
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The definitive edition of the cosmicomics, Italo Calvino's short stories exploring natural phenomena and the origins of the universe. The Complete Cosmicomics brings together all of these enchanting stories — including some never before translated — in one volume for the first time.
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