The Jewels of Aptor (2020)

The Jewels of Aptor Samuel R. Delany The Jewels of Aptor One of the most universally acclaimed first novels in science fiction by the man who become one of the most stellar writers in the genre s history On the orders of Argo the White Goddess an itineran
  • Title: The Jewels of Aptor
  • Author: Samuel R. Delany
  • ISBN: 9780575071001
  • Page: 108
  • Format: Paperback
The Jewels of Aptor Samuel R. Delany One of the most universally acclaimed first novels in science fiction by the man who become one of the most stellar writers in the genre s history On the orders of Argo, the White Goddess, an itinerant poet and his three companions journey to the island of Aptor Their mission to seize a jewel from the dark god Hama and bring it back home With this precious stone ArgoOne of the most universally acclaimed first novels in science fiction by the man who become one of the most stellar writers in the genre s history On the orders of Argo, the White Goddess, an itinerant poet and his three companions journey to the island of Aptor Their mission to seize a jewel from the dark god Hama and bring it back home With this precious stone Argo may defeat the malign forces gathered against her and the land of Leptor But, as the group presses deep into the enigmatic heart of Aptor, easy distinctions between good and evil blur, and somehow the task seems less straightforward For Argo already owns two of the jewels, and possession of the third would give her unqualified power.And, as the four friends already know, power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
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  1. Nate D

    I ve been reading a lot of fairly abstracted stuff lately, so it was actually totally refreshing to read something composed of pretty much straight narrative by a deft storyteller Even at age 20, when this debut was published, Delany has a fully satisfying storytelling voice and plot sense And though as a kind of fantasy adventure novel there s some standard journey through strange and dangerous lands stuff that s a little hard to get excited about at this point, much of the narrative actual cen [...]

  2. James Chatham

    As his debut, this novel is not as polished or philosophical as Delany s later material However, as a fairly straightforward quest fantasy, it s great Even his debut shows off Delany s fantastic narrative voice, and the plot is great, albeit a tad predictable It s definitely not a book I would recommend as someone s first Delany, but if you ve enjoyed other books by him, it s worth the read

  3. Bill

    The novel describes a post apocalyptic civilization a number of centuries after an atomic big fire The action occurs on two islands or continents, one with a dark age civilization Leptar, where the highest technology are sailing ships and swords the other the radioactive island Aptor populated by mutant flora and fauna as well as humanoid scientist populations who have kept or rediscovered the old knowledge and technology, two opposing groups forming priesthood like enclaves, keepers of tech and [...]

  4. Fred

    An interesting first novel, but clearly the work of an apprentice in the craft Delany was that rare author with the brilliant idea to marry an editor, thus helping to grease the wheels for this novel written at age 19 It is not a great novel, but the willingness to jump in and grapple with philosophical ideas foreshadows Delany s later work In this piece the narrative is clunky, and the characters motivations unclear There is a lot of psionics, always a turnoff, and goofy aliens The battle betwe [...]

  5. Thom

    After the characters are introduced, the chapters feel very episodic mostly self contained, but adding a little information to the world The last two chapters shatter this in a finale that brings all the knowledge together With a few caveats, this would make a good sci fi TV series.Those caveats This is post apocalyptic atomic big fire war 1500 years previous and some civilization has recovered A certain elite group has some electronics left over Not well described Without spoilers, I can say t [...]

  6. Derek

    You come away from the book, and especially its ending, feeling like the author is starting to grapple with themes and ideas which he apparently develops through subsequent novels Here the repeated themes of duality eventually wind up coming out of the characters mouths, which made it all very chatty with explanations and discussion.Still, I thoroughly enjoyed the writing and devoured the whole thing trying to figure out what was going on and how it all connected together.

  7. Daniel Petersen

    The following review is cross posted from my blog They Have Pulled Down Deep Heaven On Their Heads To be honest, if it weren t for the fact that the 19 year old who wrote this novel went on to become an icon of New Wave science fiction, I m not sure the book would still be remembered The Jewels of Aptor 1962 shows promise, but I m not sure how truly distinguished it is in the mountains of skiffy out there Don t get me wrong, though I thoroughly enjoyed aspects of this novel and it truly shines i [...]

  8. Skjam!

    This is the first novel by Samuel R Delaney, published in 1967 He was one of the first successful African American science fiction authors, as well as one of the first openly gay SF writers, and certainly the most successful person so far to be both He s associated with the New Wave movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s, although this particular novel is closer to the old model of SF.Geo, a poet, his sailor friend Urson, and a Strange One thief nicknamed Snake are recruited by the White God [...]

  9. Jenne

    First line Afterwards, she was taken down to the sea I decided to actually start reading some of my collection of pulp novels which I mostly collect for the covers I didn t realize this was his first novel, but it makes sense he certainly came a long way in the 22 years between this one 1962 and Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand 1984.The tone of the story is kind of a combination of H Rider Haggard and Motel of the Mysteries part gruesome adventure story and part archaeology of the present [...]

  10. Rhys

    Delany is one of my favourite living writers, one of my favourite writers full stop in fact This is his first novel and was published when he was only twenty Although it s probably the weakest of his books, it s still an enthralling and engaging work of fiction I first read it when I was about 17 years old and for some reason didn t like it I found the story confusing But after this re reading I am baffled as to why I thought that Analog described it in a review as gorgeously implausible and tha [...]

  11. Simon

    I do not think this was a great introduction to Delany Reputedly one of the greats of the genre and I ve only now gotten around to trying one of his works This is one of those far future post apocalyptic SF stories where knowledge and understanding has declined leaving the populace in a faux medieval condition Relics of their technological past linger but are indistinguishable from magical artefacts as far as most of the populace are concerned.There was also quite an emphasis on the philosophica [...]

  12. Gabriel

    In a few ways, this reads like a first novel In a few ways, this reads like a Delany novel It s never fully in one camp or the other, and that s part of the charm It s a fun little adventure with a little theology and brain science thrown in Very much akin to Babel 17 in that manner, although Babel 17 showed Delany playing with language a little .The other comparison point for Delany readers is Nova both are first and foremost adventure novels The only difference being that Nova is considered wi [...]

  13. Morris Nelms

    This was Delany s first published work, completed when the author was 19 Most of what he would later do with his fiction is evident here He has a way of being unexpectedly profound and poetic, often in the middle of an adventure story that feels a bit like been here, done that He s always worth reading, and he is continually provocative and surprising He, than most sci fi writers, is not really writing about what he s writing about on the surface This is a story about a post nuclear Earth, four [...]

  14. Olethros

    Un gran viaje empieza con un primer paso, por muy dubitativo que sea G nero Ciencia Ficci n con toques fant sticos, sin la menor duda Lo que nos cuenta En un mundo que hace mucho tiempo sufri un apocalipsis y en el que de los restos de la civilizaci n ha comenzado a desarrollarse una nueva sociedad y cultura, Geo joven poeta , Serpiente un mutante mudo de cuatro brazos y Ursus un gigante hedonista , acompa an a una sacerdotisa en un peligroso viaje hacia Argo para hacerse con el resto de una ser [...]

  15. A. D. Jameson

    I like this little book than I probably should, but it s the perfect intersection of pulp and philosophical science fiction Delany plays so many clever games with limited perspective and elided narration to investigate epistemological limits, and I love him dearly for it I wish I, too, could write a book like this in one month

  16. Ben Loory

    2.5 Delany s writing is, as always, fluid and hallucinatory, but then somewhere along the way it was like the whole thing fell asleep

  17. JT

    I ve always had problems with Sam Delany They undoubtedly stem in part from attempting to read Dhalgren while I was still struggling with homophobia i.e I don t care if that s what you want to do, but it s still icky, and I really don t want to read about it The other thing is that, like many spec fic authors considered the best of the best , he s too clever by half, which can lead to endings that are super insightful if you ve never recognized the thing that he s trying to get across, and somet [...]

  18. Mel

    I read Dahlgren a couple years ago and it was one of the best books I ve ever read Oddly I totally failed to get any other books by Delany afterwards But I saw this one in a 2nd hand book shop and snagged it It was his first novel and that does show a bit The most interesting thing about this was it was a fantasty adventure, with magic and religion and monsters, but it was a post apocalyptic setting, so in fact it was all technology, mis remembered myths and radiation Which was a very enjoyable [...]

  19. Kira Gold

    I read this in my teens and loved it Now the early sixties sci fi descriptive prose seems dated, even clumsy in places, but the story itself has impact, with the speculation and portent of science and religion corrupting one another.I love Delaney s characters and their equality the Black man s words have no less import than the white, the boy with the physical mutation has his own agency, the poet is not seen as weak.Quick and very enjoyable.

  20. Dean Simons

    Not a great book and not entirely awful It s just excruciatingly dull and I m not sure what the point of this pulp style adventure was I m sure Delaney has done better given what I ve been told but this was a terrible starting point.

  21. Flabbergasted

    Caveat I couldn t finish this book I made it to page 87 of an Ace edition in what appears to be a 70s reprint.I picked this up from a second hand shop thinking I ve never read a Delany novel I didn t like Well now I ve found one The first twenty pages or so are quite promising and built up some expectations, but it has taken me over two weeks to plod through nearly 90 pages I know it s his first novel and I was willing to cut him some slack But, honestly, it s just awful The book seems in the v [...]

  22. Roddy Williams

    Was their leader a mistress of science or a witch of mutants QUEST AMID FUTURITY S RUINSWhat was the strange impetus that drove a group of four widely different humans to embark on a fear filled journey across a forbidden sea to a legendary land This was Earth still, but an Earth of a future terribly changed after a planet searing disaster, a planet of weird cults, mutated beasts, and people who were not always entirely human As for the four who made up that questing party, they included a woman [...]

  23. Steve Stuart

    I first read this several decades ago I m currently reading The Motion Of Light In Water, which has sent me back for a reread.The younger me devoured it quickly, reading it purely for the story, and not even thinking to look beneath the surface I had already discovered Delany, and was a big fan So I certainly savored the descriptive writing and admired the poetic language But I treated it as disposable fiction, not literature, and it didn t make any lasting impression.Now, bringing context and [...]

  24. Kiv

    So, I woke up this morning February 28th with the plan to fit one book into February, and ended up not getting the chance to read until around 7 pm _ So, I figured I should go for something short, that I had read before, and I picked up The Jewels of Aptor by Samuel R Delany I had read this book once before, about four years ago, and honestly, didn t remember much about it I figured it was a good bet, though, seeing as Samuel R Delany is one of my all time favorite authors I was right One of th [...]

  25. NobilisGughy

    Il romanzo si svolge tra una quindicina di secoli, dove la Terra ben diversa da come la conosciamo Nuove razze di uomini mutanti si muovono in libert , popolando le tenebre come gli incubi gremivano il sonno dell umanit antica noi, gente di oggi La religione padroneggia ed fondata sui ricordi della scienza del passato, ripresentata sotto forma di rito e magia In questo scenario si muove Geo, un poeta, Urson, un burbero omaccione, e Serpe, un ragazzo mutante dalle capacit telepatiche La loro miss [...]


    Samuel Delany is in my top 5 favorite SF writers there s much to him than that He might ve been around 19 when he wrote this so it s pretty damned precocious but his later writing s so much better that I have to acknowledge this as somewhat immature Brilliant, but obviously written by someone who has a long way to go Delany s one of those people who sets just about anybody s stereotypes on their heads by being such a free thinking, strong minded individualist I remember reading something by him [...]

  27. Bad-at-reading

    After being baffled by Dhalgren and intimidated by Triton, but appreciating the colossal talent behind them, I was eager to read something conventional from Delany, especially in light of the fantastic shorts The Star Pit and Prismatica Jewels of Aptor may be conventional, a relic of a time when it only took 150 pages to save the world, but it has its own baffling and intimidating moments to contend with Delany s distinctly comic booky dialogue is fully developed even this early in his career, [...]

  28. Chris

    Generally a passable sci fi novel I enjoyed reading it, and although the characters were rather generic, some of the ideas were quite good As Jewels was the debut work by one of sci fi s most important authors, it was interesting from that standpoint as well.That said, it was only okay The only other book I ve read by Delany is Dhalgren, which is a masterpiece, so this was somewhat underwhelming There are glimpses of the stylistic genius that elevates his later prose above so much of the rest of [...]

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