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10 thoughts on “The Mind Cage

  1. says:

    This 1957 novel is based on a five page short work titled, The Great Judge first published in 1948 It s a true novel rather than one of the many fix ups van Vogt constructed from previously published short stories It starts off very well, with a man being sentenced to death in court From there, we enter the weird weird world of van Off we go in one of van s dreamt up clunky plot entanglements, with various characters switching bodies and identities, while random others come in and out of t This 1957 novel is based on a five page short work titled, The Great Judge first published in 1948 It s a true novel rather than one of the many fix ups van Vogt constructed from previously published short stories It starts off very well, with a man being sentenced to death in court From there, we enter the weird weird world of van Off we go in one of van s dreamt up clunky plot entanglements, with various characters switching bodies and identities, while random others come in and out of the loopy narrative It is difficult to keep straight who is who and what is what, as this is a typical van Vogt mess, and I think the writing here is even sloppier than usual in some places Doesn t matter, you want to read on anyway and see how he will manage to write his way out of this tangle by the book s end only a dozen or so pages to go and how on earth is he gonna wrap this all up Well, somehow, as usual, he tacks on a couple damage control chapters and ends it What the hell have I just read you ask yourself as you tuck the book back into the shelf.Then, scenes come to you late in the night, and you think, wait a minute Was he David his son and Marin at the same time by the end Then you get out the book and start thumbing through it looking for when that was established or if at all And that girl that was the mother of his son is really his sister No way I must have gotten this thing all wrong And The Brain was that a man or machine A machine It was definitely a machine You can bet that if you re read in a year or two, it will come off as something entirely different than you remember That s the way it is with this author So so strange.It is no wonder PKD loved this guy.This review is dedicated to the memory of a very dear friend of mine Isaac Wilcott was a van Vogt devotee and creator of the site


  2. says:

    I ve read two other van Vogt novels The World of Null A and The Book of Ptath , both of which feature very convoluted plots While reading them, I realized it would take me forever to finish them if I kept rereading every time I didn t understand something, so I stopped doing that And it was fine because at the end of both of them, van Vogt ties things up satisfactorily and I understood most of what I hadn t previously The Mind Cage is a book I found out about when I was browsing eBay a few y I ve read two other van Vogt novels The World of Null A and The Book of Ptath , both of which feature very convoluted plots While reading them, I realized it would take me forever to finish them if I kept rereading every time I didn t understand something, so I stopped doing that And it was fine because at the end of both of them, van Vogt ties things up satisfactorily and I understood most of what I hadn t previously The Mind Cage is a book I found out about when I was browsing eBay a few years ago The premise was intriguing Shortly before a criminal is put to death for sedition, a friend of his, who happens to be a government official who is loyal to the monarch, is tricked into switching minds with him I happened to find it for a low price at a used bookstore and bought it a while back.I think I understood the overarching plot, but I found the internal twists and turns to be impenetrable Reading The Mind Cage felt like being in a difficult class in which you can t even ask your teacher a question on something you don t understand because you don t understand what it is about that something that you don t understand Every once in a while, van Vogt gives the reader a bit of information that s supposed to be a revelation, and you know it s supposed to be shocking, but you won t get why, or, at least, I didn t Perhaps I ll have to give it another read sometime I ve also been meaning to reread The World of Null A.I ll give van Vogt the benefit of the doubt when it comes to whether or not the plot makes sense, but one thing I can say for sure doesn t work well is his attempts at saying something profound about human nature He should ve been content to just write a pulpy sci fi novel.What I found most interesting about the novel was that I could see evidence for van Vogt s influence on Frank Herbert in it There are ideas that I think Frank Herbert expands upon in Dune, such as ancestral memories and the dangers of AI thinking machines And at one point, when a minor protagonist is told the details of the villains plots, he responds, Wheels within wheels within wheels This exact phrase and variants, like feints within feints within feints and plans within plans within plans are used in Dune.I think there was enough good stuff for the book to get 3 stars from me While I don t think it lived up to its blurb, I don t want to criticize van Vogt for having written the book he envisioned and not the one I wish it had been


  3. says:

    This may have been cutting edge, visionary hard sci fi back in 1957 and that is still arguable , but overall it fails to enthrall or entertain 60 years later, one can really only finish the last page feeling like they stepped in a dog turd whilst barefoot.On the plus side, the premise especially in the 1957 context is interesting forced mind swapping a ticking clock of a pending death sentence totalitarian governmental plots and conquest.Sadly, it never really comes together as a func This may have been cutting edge, visionary hard sci fi back in 1957 and that is still arguable , but overall it fails to enthrall or entertain 60 years later, one can really only finish the last page feeling like they stepped in a dog turd whilst barefoot.On the plus side, the premise especially in the 1957 context is interesting forced mind swapping a ticking clock of a pending death sentence totalitarian governmental plots and conquest.Sadly, it never really comes together as a functional story or enjoyable read van Vogt s writing style is clumsy, with hard to follow plot lines, gaping holes in the story, and story transitions that seem to jump without connection He also includes plot vehicles the female spy that don t actually seem to drive the story, and also miss out on suitable or necessary development of character or backstory in short they don t seem essential to the plot.Two stars is a gift, and at a used bookstore price of 0.60, I m still on the edge of feeling cheated.NOT a GoodRead


  4. says:

    A.E van Vogt is a key contributor to the golden age of SF Originally published in 1957, The Mind Cage has some wonderful creative elements, but I did not find it to be the easiest of reads It got a bit clunky at times, and there were sub plots sidetrack musings that seemed un needed, even though it is a relatively short 220 pages in paperback Not quite sure why it needed 43 chapters in that span I think it was supposed to have an underlying anti communist message but honestly I found that s A.E van Vogt is a key contributor to the golden age of SF Originally published in 1957, The Mind Cage has some wonderful creative elements, but I did not find it to be the easiest of reads It got a bit clunky at times, and there were sub plots sidetrack musings that seemed un needed, even though it is a relatively short 220 pages in paperback Not quite sure why it needed 43 chapters in that span I think it was supposed to have an underlying anti communist message but honestly I found that so muddled I am not really certain about that Some interesting ideas in there Overall entertainment value is rather ho hum for me


  5. says:

    I got about a third of the way through this book and just got bored Ahe characters aren t engaging at all and there weren t any really novel ideas here I just found it a bit boring.


  6. says:

    I love good sci fi books, unfortunately this one was boring and predictable I found myself dozing off several times and ha to force myself to finish reading it.


  7. says:

    An odd, but adventurous sci fi story of a future under what seems like absolute control, but of course there are cracks Our hero s mind is transferred to the body of someone the authorities are looking for, and he needs to save the day while trying to save himself.


  8. says:

    one of the most inconsequential and least logical books I have ever read


  9. says:

    Dnf fairly early on 3rd last try w this author Managed to get to p.98 by skimming, but I m just done w this guy Dnf fairly early on 3rd last try w this author Managed to get to p.98 by skimming, but I m just done w this guy


  10. says:

    Ecco un nuovo Van Vogt, estroso e ragionato come tutte le opere di questo affascinante autore, le cui teorie assurgono ad autentici voli pindarici, ben fondendosi i temi poetici e scientifici che reggono le fila di tutte le storie vanvogtiane Qui, in questo Cervello trappola , accanto al complesso problema principale dell uomo che si trova derubato della sua identit , e che rischia di venir condannato a morte per colpe che altri ha commesso, scorre fluida e impetuosa, come un fiume sconv


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