Electric Forest

The world called Indigo turned upside down for Magdala Cled one unexpected morning From being that world s only genetic misfit, the shunned outcast of an otherwise ideal society, she became the focus of attention for mighty forces Once they had installed her in the midst of the Electric Forest, with its weird trees and its super luxurious private home, Magdala awoke to tThe world called Indigo turned upside down for Magdala Cled one unexpected morning From being that world s only genetic misfit, the shunned outcast of an otherwise ideal society, she became the focus of attention for mighty forces Once they had installed her in the midst of the Electric Forest, with its weird trees and its super luxurious private home, Magdala awoke to the potentials which were opening up all about her And to realize also the peril that now seemed poised above Indigo which only she, the hated one, could possible circumvent.
Electric Forest The world called Indigo turned upside down for Magdala Cled one unexpected morning From being that world s only genetic misfit the shunned outcast of an otherwise ideal society she became the focus

  • Title: Electric Forest
  • Author: Tanith Lee
  • ISBN: 9780879974824
  • Page: 345
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Electric Forest”

    1. poor Ugly! her misshapen appearance really sticks out on the planet Indigo, where everyone is practically perfect in every way. Ugly needs to trade up! time to move into a new body, freshly made and certainly more pleasing to the eyeis is a futuristic morality tale in which Pygmalion is a beautiful, psychopathic young genius and Galatea his equally beautiful handmade toy. it is also a chilly deconstruction of independence and class with a sad-at-heart, sadistic Henry Higgins transforming, degrad [...]

    2. 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?Jacob, over at Red Star Reviews introduced me to Vintage Sci-Fi month, wherein you read any sci-fi that was written before you were born. In [...]

    3. Electric Forest is Tanith Lee's take on The Girl Who Was Plugged In/Screwtop. Read that instead, this has a particularly tacky ending.

    4. I haven't read this since I was little, but I found its take on body image fascinating then; may not hold up. The ending is absolutely ridiculous -- she clearly got there and realized there was no way to do a happy ending, so she punted to the closest thing to "It was all a dream" she could get away with.

    5. Electric Forest is classic Tanith Lee science fiction. In a world full of trilogies and 1000 page novels, 150 pages of a compact story with rich, descriptive writing is a breath of fresh air. The story itself is not very remarkable; like plenty of science fiction, it focusses on alterity investigation of what makes the "other," even when that "other" is oneself. Ugly girl in beautiful society is transitioned into a beautiful, android body by enigmatic stranger bent on some sort of retribution. I [...]

    6. Some books leave you stunned when you finish them. This was one of those for me. Conceptual sci-fi at its best. – Magdela Cled, a hideous dwarf jumps at the chance of having her consciousness transferred to a stunning new body. Little does she realise the fiendish plot hatched by her handsome Dr Frankenstein, Claudio. Amazing plot twist. Themes: • Pygmalion, Frankenstein, • Nature of “self”• Line of Sanity/Insanity• Narcissism• Love/Hate relationship Probably my favourite work by [...]

    7. I've recently borrowed a bunch of relatively obscure Tanith Lee books - I read her a bunch when I was in high school, then I fell off reading, then I started come back to it though now I read "realistic" fiction as opposed to SF/Fantasy/Speculative Fiction, which comprised most of my reading diet when I was younger. I remembered that her prose writing was lush and evocative, but it could also be taut when it had to be. Sometimes the lushness was a bit too indulgent, especially when it would cree [...]

    8. Gorgeous imagery, fascinating premisebut a very disappointing ending. Originally, I felt enormous sympathy for Magdala, the "ugly" protagonist, but once she is made "beautiful", she becomes by turns disgustingly obedient, pointlessly spiteful, and horribly indecisive. I felt that, eventually, I lost the thread of the whole thing, and only finished it to see where it was all going. I'd have given this 2 stars, but I really, really loved the writing, and the beginning, as I said, was intriguing.

    9. There were some interesting ideas in this book, but the writing and follow-through was average. Summary: Deformed girl meets mystery man who promises he can make her beautiful. She becomes more or less his property and gets involved in planetary intrigue, with a surprise twist ending.

    10. i didn't like electric forest quite as much as i loved the other sci-fi novels by Tanith Lee, although this book is really enjoyable. and there is a great twist in the end - something i certainly did not see coming. minus: some things did not make much sense for me, but hey, that's Lee.

    11. This and Tiptree's The Girl Who Was Plugged In, with essentially the same premise, published at the same time , each claiming to know nothing of the other. Premise: A supremely deformed woman with a beautiful waldo-body out in the world. Could be considered variants of The Wife of Bath's Tale

    12. A meditation on identity and beauty by the illustrious Ms. Lee.Complex narrative style meets science and robotics. Similar to the short story "The Girl Who Was Plugged In" by Alice B. Sheldon, but with a twist.

    13. Actually a decent novel but it wasn't quite what I was expecting. I did like the portrayal of the psychological impacts of the events on the characters, but I didn't like the framing device used at the beginning and end (i.e. report speak).

    14. The protagonist is a female which is described as ugly in a world full of perfectly, while genetically engineered, beautiful people. She is given the chance to become beautiful; by a man which motives aren't as benevolent as they seem at first glance.The story is quite intriguing, playing with the image of one self, the idea what really defines how we see ourselves, and how the perception of others shaped our image of ourselves. I enjoyed reading this book but it takes a while until the true plo [...]

    15. Well, Tanith Lee sort of failed with this one. The prose, as usual, is lush and compelling, but the ending is absurd to the point of unintentional hilarity. It also reads like an afterthought, a phoned in attempt to blunt the narrative's bleak (yet fitting) conclusion. Imma pretend the editor demanded a happier ending, so she deliberately chose to make it as ridiculous as possible just to subvert that request.

    16. Lee is an incredible writer. She interweaves so many different things. Mythology, religions, sexuality, legends, multiple story lines. You fall in love with the characters, but more importantly, you immerse yourself in their lives. You enter the realm they inhabit. One of those rare authors who can transport you to their worlds. I love her work.

    17. [2006-10-12] Short sf novel exploring identity and manipulation via consciousness transfer into android bodies, with the usual Lee sting in the tail.

    18. This is the worst kind of science fiction --- all ideas and no heart. I gave up about a quarter of the way in.

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