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Electric Forest av Tanith Lee
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Electric Forest (urspr publ 1979; utgåvan 1979)

av Tanith Lee, Don Maitz (Illustratör)

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Tanith Lee's sci-fi classic of a woman's quest for acceptance through the transfer of her consciousness to an artificial body.In the futuristic world of Indigo, reproduction is controlled by the government, guaranteeing that every baby is happy, healthy, and beautiful. But mistakes happen, and a rare few babies are accidentally born biologically, like Magdala Cled.Because of her natural-born features, Magdala is an outcast in society--abandoned at birth, abused in the orphanage she grew up in, and branded with the cruel name "Ugly." But Magdala's world turns upside down when she's approached by Claudio Loro, a wealthy scientist who has created a beautiful artificial body. When he offers to transfer Magdala's consciousness into the body, she cannot refuse the priceless opportunity for a new, beautiful life.However, unbeknownst to her, Claudio has crafted her new body to resemble Christophine del Jan, his rival scientist and former lover. Now Magdala must impersonate Christophine to infiltrate high society, court Claudio's advances, and decide whose side she is truly on--all while maintaining her real body lest it die...and she die with it.… (mer)
Medlem:EdBramblett
Titel:Electric Forest
Författare:Tanith Lee
Andra författare:Don Maitz (Illustratör)
Info:DAW (1979), Edition: 1st Printing, Mass Market Paperback, 159 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Tanith Lee is one of the authors I should always be reading more of. The cover is fantastic and the synopsis along the lines of one of Lee's themes -- a society where people can basically create designer bodies -- except this book focuses on a character without the good fortune to have had even basic genetic selection, and is considered a monstrosity.

Or so we're led to believe. This book is entirely impossible to discuss without spoilers because of the massive reveal at the end. The revel did answer some reservations I'd had about the plot and about Magda herself -- particularly how easily she seems to adjust to how people treat here in her new beautiful body, after spending basically her entire life protecting herself from the notice of others to avoid their negative reactions. At the same time, I was disappointed. I was hoping for more societal critique, but the big reveal turned it more into a sci-fi Mission Impossible.

Still, there was a great deal of cleverness to the novel, and I love Lee's style. ( )
1 rösta greeniezona | Mar 25, 2018 |
A strange book that perhaps tries to do too much twisting & turning. The summary report at the end clarifies many preceding incongruities in character behavior but it wasn't quite enough to salvage a higher overall rating.

This was the first Tanith Lee book I have read. I plan to check out more of her work at some point as I did enjoy her writing style. ( )
  ScoLgo | Aug 3, 2016 |
Magdala Cled, known only as “Ugly”, lives in a world where people are bred to be beautiful, healthy, normal. But she was born by a natural birth and is seen as a genetic mistake among the perfection of her peers. When a man shows up at her table one day during lunch, Magdala is presented with an opportunity that changes her entire life, but at what cost?

There’s just something about Tanith’s sci-fi (more so than her fantasy) that wraps me up completely in her worlds and characters. Her writing is so rich and I can’t help but feel what her main character feels. She packed a lot into just under 160 pages and this was a thought-provoking read. Without saying too much about the plot, Magdala is given the chance to have her consciousness transferred from her slightly deformed, ugly body, into that of a beautiful woman. Her original body must still be kept alive however, as her brain is what controls her new body. The plot becomes even more complex and the twist at the end surprised me.

I’ll be the first to admit I don’t do a lot of deep reading. Normally I don’t sit around after finishing a book to really think about it. But Electric Forest presented a world where someone could transfer their consciousness into a nearly indestructible android and control it in every way they could control their former body. Potentially, if the original body was well cared for, someone could expect to live much longer than they normally would. A tempting proposition! But of course, as the story proposes, there are a host of problems that come with this opportunity.

And of course, I think the cover art is fabulous, and fairly creepy, especially now that I know it reflects the content of the book. If you’re looking for a quick read, with a heavy dose of sci-fi themes, check out Electric Forest. ( )
1 rösta MillieHennessy | Jan 3, 2016 |
One of Tanith Lee's earlier, minor works. It is SF but still has that strange, baroque feel to it that Lee is so adept at injecting into her novels. The story is a grotesque SFnal take on the old Pygmalion myth. Its interesting, and short, but I wouldn't number it amongst her essential works. ( )
  iftyzaidi | Nov 30, 2011 |
This is a science fiction novel, which is a break from the pure fantasy ones that I've been reading by Lee. There's still a major amount of science so complicated it might as well be magic, in that a woman with a slew of "birth defects" (aka she wasn't genetically engineered to be perfect, and is usually just called "Ugly") is popped into a tank and her consciousness is transfered to a perfect and beautiful body. The man who masterminds this transfer is an unstable genius and he manipulates her to see how she reacts to various stimuli. The revelations that occur over the course of the story are very interesting and the final one had me rethinking my reactions to the events of the whole story. ( )
  silentq | Oct 17, 2011 |
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Tanith Lee's sci-fi classic of a woman's quest for acceptance through the transfer of her consciousness to an artificial body.In the futuristic world of Indigo, reproduction is controlled by the government, guaranteeing that every baby is happy, healthy, and beautiful. But mistakes happen, and a rare few babies are accidentally born biologically, like Magdala Cled.Because of her natural-born features, Magdala is an outcast in society--abandoned at birth, abused in the orphanage she grew up in, and branded with the cruel name "Ugly." But Magdala's world turns upside down when she's approached by Claudio Loro, a wealthy scientist who has created a beautiful artificial body. When he offers to transfer Magdala's consciousness into the body, she cannot refuse the priceless opportunity for a new, beautiful life.However, unbeknownst to her, Claudio has crafted her new body to resemble Christophine del Jan, his rival scientist and former lover. Now Magdala must impersonate Christophine to infiltrate high society, court Claudio's advances, and decide whose side she is truly on--all while maintaining her real body lest it die...and she die with it.

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