The Malacia Tapestry



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  • Paperback
  • 338 pages
  • The Malacia Tapestry
  • Brian W. Aldiss
  • English
  • 26 March 2017
  • 9780755100712

The Malacia TapestryIn The Timeless City Of Malacia, A Place Swathed In Magic And On The Brink Of War, Lives A Young Man Named Perian De Chirolo A Free Spirit, A Fearless Lover Who Embarks On A Harrowing Odyssey With Dramatic Consequences For Himself And All Malacians This Is A Gripping Tale Of Wonder, Lust And Destiny.


About the Author: Brian W. Aldiss

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10 thoughts on “The Malacia Tapestry

  1. says:

    Charmed Malacia In the wilderness beyond its fortress walls, in dreary chasm, tangled forest, or endless mountainside, the forces of many kinds of evil struggled for supremacy Within our winding streets serenity seemed to prevail seemed is the key word in this brief introduction to the marvellous Renascentist city of Malacia Indeed, at first glance, following the lovable young rascal Perian de Chirolo down its winding alleys, the city is full of vibrant colours and exotic characters, bursting at the seams with life and the promise of adventure My horoscope isn t profitable today There s women in it, but not just yet apparently Saturn is proving difficult, while all the entrails are against me I m too hard up even to get my amulet blessed by Throat Dark It s marvellous not to be troubled by money In the company of his best friend Guy de Lambant, another out of work young actor, Perian is in search of gainful employment, of romance and of a good meal, or any meal at all At a street corner, a ragged alchemist The crannies of Malacia held as many magicians and astrologers as spiders promises that Guy s luck will change, and pretty soon de Lambant finds a leading role in a new play and falls in love with the prettiest girl in town, a rich heiress from a powerful political family named Armida Underneath the glitter and the witty repartee Malacia is r...

  2. says:

    This book shouldn t work And sometimes it doesn t It has issues with bloat and pacing and the plot on occasion meanders, though this latter is mainly due to the picaresque nature of the tale itself, so is perhaps not really a fault I m generally not a fan of the picaresque, but this novel has so many great scenes, a handful of great characters, and enough vibrant atmosphere that it has managed to find a place of deep affection in my heart at the same time that it doesn t quite work for me._The Malacia Tapestry_ holds a central place for me in a genre I think ought to be called urban fantasy since that s really what it is fantasy primarily concerned with the urban landscape and its unique issues and characteristics other examples would include Thunderer, Perdido Street Station, and Jeff VanderMeers Ambergris book...

  3. says:

    read during my Social Work Years I Remember an elaborate little trifle set in some kind of alternate Renaissance Italy a lively city, a fading city, a city on the rise ornate writing style, beautiful details, it s all quite luscious an extremely shallow hero within an extremely shallow narrative some wonderful set pieces very Jack Vance there is something almost bull headed in this novel s insistence on being a well written bit of...

  4. says:

    No suelo poner medias estrellas, pero para prop sitos de El Tapiz de Malacia, sta es un 3.5.Hay ciertos nichos en fantas a que son poco explorados Uno de ellos y uno de mis favoritos es el que cambia la ya no tan usual ambientaci n en la Inglaterra medieval por la Italia medieval o renacentista Tigana es un triunfo absoluto y l rico, y Las Mentiras de Locke Lamora representan una de las m s electrizantes y energ ticas muestras de la fantas a contempor nea El Tapiz de Malacia, del prol fico Brian Aldiss, fue la primera de estas fantas as, y me temo que no llega tan cerca de los dos ejemplos posteriores.Efectivamente hay una muestra de la habilidad de Aldiss m s bien un escritor de ciencia ficci n antes que de fantas a para llevarnos por un mundo fant stico chapado completamente a la antigua Aqu nos hallamos como en La Princesa Prometida y como en la tradici n cl sica de la novela de caballer as con la imagen de una Europa atemporal y anacr nica Los turcos son una amenaza, se menciona a las tierras del Orinoco y a Ragusa el Dubrovink que la hace de Desembarco del Rey, se ores , las menciones al la cultura grecolatina est n por todas partes y en un gui o obvio, hay una tierra al norte llamada Tolkhorm Adem s, es una fantas a que nos demuestra que la idea de dinosaurios conviviendo con humanos en un contexto fant stico no es una idea ni novel ni descabellada aqu los humanos descienden de las antiguas bestias , ha...

  5. says:

    Aldiss s baroque Italianate fantasia, The Malacia Tapestry , overflows with invention and strangeness It creates a unique world based on Renaissance culture and politics, minus the Catholic Church, incorporating magic and the supernatural, fantastical creatures and even an appearance by the Gods themselves The actor hero, the wonderfully named Perian de Chirolo, begins as a rogue and parasite, like a character from Machiavelli s Mandragola , but finds himself drawn into higher and darker adventures.Unfortunately Aldiss, while a writer profligate with ideas, is no great stylist His prose often struggles to convey the richness of the material although he works hard at it, and the cumulative effect is by no means unimpressive Comparisons that inevitably arise to other writers of the fantastic Fritz Leiber, Jack Vance, Michael Moorcock are rarely to Aldiss s advantage Compared t...

  6. says:

    This is a well crafted picaresque novel in a wonderful fantasy setting It follows the adventures of Perian de Chirolo, a well born but poverty stricken underemployed actor, in and around Malacia, a city doomed, or blessed, to never change in any substantial way As we follow Perian around the city we learn that what at first appears to be a typical Renaissance trading city is in truth much older and much stranger Malacia is full of winged humans, lizard people, ape men, and things very much like dinosaurs which Aldiss calls the Ancestral Beasts Perian falls in love, finds novel ...

  7. says:

    Well, I persisted through than half this book and finally gave up because no real plot seemed to be emerging and I just lost interest I would have quit sooner, but I ve always been impressed with Brian Aldiss s writing, and the quality of the writing was evident here Nevertheless I can only...

  8. says:

    The Malacia Tapestry follows the exploits of Perian de Chirolo, an actor in the city of Malacia as he looks for work, seduces women, falls in love and becomes embroiled in intrigue Malacia is a combination 16th century Vienna, and Florence, in an alternate world where dinosaurs, known as ancestral animals still roam The constant in Malacia is that there is never any change Many people see it as a curse, but the rich and powerful, for obvious reasons, strive to keep it that way.I was expecting a lot from this book Brian Aldiss is a renowned science fiction author I had read one of his books, Non Stop and thought it was excellent Also this book is on the list of the best 100 books of Modern Fantasy, but although it was well written, it was disappointing The fantasy elements, such as the dinosaurs, lizard people, were just colour, they could have been removed with no basic change in the story Aldiss might as well have set the story in real life Vienna for all the difference it woul...

  9. says:

    Boring and disappointing.Somehow, the dinosaur bits never work out properly.Everything about this book seems forced.The plot is just too pointless and vapid, the author s intention to make the play in the story mirror the story itself too transparent, the ending almost...

  10. says:

    I have mixed feelings about Aldiss, as you can see from my three star ratings of his other books He s a fine writer, but comes across as morose, sort of depressive, the kind of post 50s optimism sci fi writer that is much the reason I don t read a lot of post 50s sci fi Rather weirdly, this one kind of won me over.It seems to take place on the shores of Turkey 300 miles from Byzantium, although sometimes it s called Constantinople in or around the 17th century long after Byzantium became Constantinople , although it also references having a history of many millennia Our hero is a dissolute actor who is approached to star in what appears to be a slide show, a sort of proto movie indeed a novel thing for the time which has the potential to run afoul of the city s elders, whose job it is to make sure that nothing ever changes in Malacia.Then it seems as though the people in this world which increasingly seems Italian are descended from dinosaurs And there are still some dinosaurs afoot As well as satyrs, flying people, lizardmenand also invading turks and hot air balloons the latter being a potentially revolutionary issue Oh, and Progressives There are Progressives plotting the overthrow of the ruling class.There are magicians everywhere though no apparent magic they mostly do horoscopes and two religions which appear to be Gnosticism without Christianity and Manicheanism without Zoroastrianism There is one trippy scene where an actual wish seems to be granted, but it s...

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