Author: Samuel R. Delany
Page Count/Review Word Count: 196
This book was an interesting one, because it got meta at times – the protagonist is investigating a strange, alien language, and Delany uses some interesting tricks to bring this language to life. They work well!
The story line is a difficult one to explain, because it’s occasionally difficult to follow – let’s just say that it’s set in space in an unusual universe where the dead don’t necessarily stay dead. At times, it’s easy to understand what’s happening – at other times, you’ll be scratching your head and wondering what the hell is going on.
Still, Babel-17 is a lot of fun, if only because of its linguistic innovation. That’s why it was recommended to me by one of my friends, and that’s why I enjoyed it enough to give it an 8/10. Other than the interesting concept of Babel-17, where complex thoughts can be simply expressed in just a few words, this is pretty much just a bog standard sci-fi book. But I should be clear – I’m not saying that that’s a bad thing. Make of it what you will!