Douglas Thompson’s Sylvow racked up a couple of nice new reviews. It seems that each new reader has a different take on the book.
First, at Warpcore SF, Ros Jackson praises the moral ambiguity about Nature, where Regina de Burca (Future Fire) had wanted a clearer ecological answer to mankind’s problems. Ros is the first person to notice how adultery is used as a metaphor for environmental destruction.
One of her comments:
“Although there’s a section in the middle where Douglas Thompson seems to be on the verge of reiterating a few trite platitudes about respect for nature and man’s blindness to natural beauty, he soon expands the debate into something much more wide-ranging and ambiguous in its conclusions.”
Next, at Exaggerated Press, Terry Grimwood praises the strength of the character development, and sees Nature’s onslaught not necessarily as pessimistic (in the way Regina did) but as an evolution and transformation.
One of Mr. Grimwood’s comments:
“This novel is reminiscent of the disaster stories of J G Ballard, the most obvious comparison being The Crystal World. However, Douglas Thompson is very much his own man and the style, imagery, and the sheer surrealism of the novel’s latter segments (with piratical raiders controlling great swathes of the ravaged city) are most definitely products of a very fertile imagination.”