The Stone Gods

The Stone Gods

Jeanette Winterson / Jan 25, 2020

The Stone Gods Playful passionate provocative and frequently very funny Jeanette Winterson s The Stone Gods is a story about Earth about love and about stories themselves On the airwaves all the talk is of th

  • Title: The Stone Gods
  • Author: Jeanette Winterson
  • ISBN: 9780151014910
  • Page: 334
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Playful, passionate, provocative, and frequently very funny, Jeanette Winterson s The Stone Gods is a story about Earth, about love, and about stories themselves On the airwaves, all the talk is of the new blue planet pristine and plentiful, as our own was 65 million years ago, before we took it to the edge of destruction Off the air, Billie Crusoe and the renegade RoPlayful, passionate, provocative, and frequently very funny, Jeanette Winterson s The Stone Gods is a story about Earth, about love, and about stories themselves On the airwaves, all the talk is of the new blue planet pristine and plentiful, as our own was 65 million years ago, before we took it to the edge of destruction Off the air, Billie Crusoe and the renegade Robo sapien Spike are falling in love Along with Captain Handsome and Pink, they re assigned to colonize the new blue planet But when a technical maneuver intended to make it habitable backfires, Billie and Spike s flight to the future becomes a surprising return to the distant past, and they discover that everything is imprinted forever with what once was.

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        Novelist Jeanette Winterson was born in Manchester, England in 1959 She was adopted and brought up in Accrington, Lancashire, in the north of England Her strict Pentecostal Evangelist upbringing provides the background to her acclaimed first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, published in 1985 She graduated from St Catherine s College, Oxford, and moved to London where she worked as an assistant editor at Pandora Press.One of the most original voices in British fiction to emerge during the 1980s, Jeanette Winterson was named as one of the 20 Best of Young British Writers in a promotion run jointly between the literary magazine Granta and the Book Marketing Council Her novels include Boating for Beginners 1985 , published shortly after Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit and described by the author as a comic book with pictures The Passion 1987 , twin narratives following the adventures of the web footed daughter of a Venetian gondolier and Napoleon s chicken chef Sexing the Cherry 1989 , an invented world set during the English Civil War featuring the fabulous Dog Woman and the orphan she raises and three books exploring triangular relationships, gender and formal experimentation Written on the Body 1992 , Art and Lies 1994 and Gut Symmetries 1997 She is also the author of a collection of short stories, The World and Other Places 1998 , and a book of essays about art and culture, Art Objects, published in 1995 Her novel The PowerBook 2000 she adapted for the National Theatre in 2002 Jeanette Winterson s work is published in 28 countries Her latest novel is The Battle of the Sun 2009 She has also edited Midsummer Nights 2009 , a collection of stories inspired by opera, by contemporary writers, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Glyndebourne Festival of Opera She adapted Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit for BBC television in 1990, and also wrote Great Moments in Aviation, a television screenplay directed by Beeban Kidron for BBC2 in 1994 She is also editor of a series of new editions of novels by Virginia Woolf published in the UK by Vintage She is a regular contributor of reviews and articles to many newspapers and journals and has a regular column published in The Guardian Her radio drama includes the play Text Message, broadcast by BBC Radio in November 2001 The King of Capri 2003 and Tanglewreck 2006 are children s stories Lighthousekeeping 2004 , centres on the orphaned heroine Silver, taken in by the keeper of the Cape Wrath lighthouse, Mr Pew, whose stories of love and loss, passion and longing, are interwoven in the narrative Her most recent book is The Battle of the Sun 2009 Jeanette Winterson lives in Gloucestershire and London In 2006, she was awarded an OBE.


    1. When I bought my copy of The Stone Gods, the bookseller told me two things: it had received strong reviews, and “It’s science fiction, you know.” I parried this last one with some fuzzy comment that much of Winterson’s fiction violates expectations, and we left it at that, both sounding smart and not having said much.And then I started reading: sure enough, page after page, the thing read true to the sci-fi genre. And not just in the details: it sounded like sci-fi, it thought like sci-f [...]

    2. Okay, okay. This is tricky.We all give ratings to books (and everything) within their genres. I do anyway. Five stars for this thing is not the same as five stars for that thing. But the problem with that is that the genres have to mean something. And be identifiable. I have real thing for Jeanette Winterson. It dates back to Gut Symmetries, which I read at an impressionable time (maybe 17, though all my times are fairly impressionable). It was just beautiful and expansive and different and sent [...]

    3. So, I’ve finished reading The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson, and my reactions are mixed, to say the least. My primary reaction was one of intense sadness: she really does believe that she’s braving new territory. She is completely unaware that she’s hacking through a jungle right next to a long, well-trodden road and the crew that’s building it is far, far ahead of her, and her course takes her away from the best conclusions. She’s off in a strange, dualistic universe in which robot [...]

    4. As she did in "The Passion", Winterson displays her gift for punching the reader in the face, then kicking you in the heart, and you still come out of the experience saying, "Can someone read this to me, out loud?"It's a critique of the modern world, a critique of the future (extrapolated from the modern world), a re-vamped look at the past, and then another critique of the future. Seriously.Oh also? It's fantastic. Bleak, beautiful, poignant, hopeless, hopeful and definitely not for the faint o [...]

    5. The bad news: If you haven’t read Jeanette Winterson yet then your life has been, hitherto, a waste.The good news: Not to worry; it’s not too late. There’s plenty of her work around and you can get started putting your life in order right away.More good news: Her work is short. Generally, her books run 150-200 standard sized pages. In these days of children’s books with five or six times as much verbiage, that’s quite brief. However, her work isn’t a quick read. Oh, I’m sure you co [...]

    6. Auuugh this book is a mess. The pitch must have been something like, "I'm thinking Robinson Crusoe but scifi and with androids, and also post-WWIII dystopia, but also space exploration and Easter Island and dinosaurs. Okay, and I also wanna get Nietzsche's eternal return in there, and what it means to be human, and nature vs nurture, and adoption. Ohhh and none of it will connect except through really obvious hung lanterns like calling the protagonist of each section Billie/y, and how awful huma [...]

    7. I must have a special talent in finding really weird books. Really, really weird. This particular one is not only weird; it’s also kinky, almost pornographic. But the story behind all these peculiar things it will shatter your heart; it will depress and break you to pieces.It’s also the most acid attack on today society I ever encountered in a story. It has so much virulence in those words that you’ll feel them like a slap in your face.Up until about 30% I found it somewhat amusing and I t [...]

    8. I am a car in neutral with my wheels in a metal track, covered in the mud and salt and grime of the roads that scar Orbus, Planet Blue, Earth. I am dragged into position; the chemicals hit my shell. Acidic, corrosive, an unsubtle back and forth to knock loose the corruption I've picked up in my travels. The wash cares not at all about delicacy. It shoots it fine mist of torture and hustles me into the frame. Once in that frame, that frame of hanging, dangling mitters, multi-coloured tassels, twi [...]

    9. I've liked some of Jeannette Winterson's books in the past - most notably Oranges Aren't the Only Fruit and her more typically surreal (and admittedly a little schmaltzy) The Passion. There were some really interesting ideas in this book that were sort of shallowly explored. I love the idea of a 'Robo sapiens' - the first of its kind perhaps - falling in love for no particular reason. But there really was no particular reason, other than falling in love with the sort of main character is the eas [...]

    10. Yeah. What to say.On the plus side, the last chapter has some funny parts, and the protagonist sort of gets a happy ending.On the minus side, from beginning to end this reads like a bunch of liberal hand-wringing about sexism, government/corporate control, and the exploitation of nature and of other humans. Don't get me wrong, I'm a liberal, and I do plenty of hand-wringing myself, but this was a little over the top. Really, the characters were pretty uniformly flat and uninteresting, though tha [...]

    11. Maybe I just didn't get this book, but I definitely didn't enjoy it.The start was somewhat promising, it had potential to be a good story with a powerful message but I feel like after the halfway point the author sort of dropped the ball. The book then became confusing and disjointed for me.I also felt like there was a little too much time spent on the message the author was trying to put in and too little on the story. I didn't feel connected to the characters and neither did I feel like I ever [...]

    12. Winterson leaves me astounded. Her prose is simply fantastic - I am amazed at how she makes the simplest observations read like poetry, and what could be a very fatalistic narrative is instead deeply seeded with hope. Early on in this book, I was thinking I would rate it four stars, since I felt that though truly engaging, and in her wonderful style, her book, "The Passion" was a superior work. I've changed my mind. This is as good as "The Passion". Wholly different, but just as good. It almost [...]

    13. Here's the thing: science fiction is alwaysALWAYS heavy handed social commentary. It was designed that way by the early pioneers: Zamyatin, Orwell, etc. This is why so much science fiction is dystopian: because the author's only see negative outcomes from the actions of people today. When I started reading The Stone Gods, I was ready for it, and Winterson includes the usual suspects: abuse of the planet and natural resources, suspicious wars against technologically weaker races, the hubris of ma [...]

    14. "One day, tens of millions of years from now, someone will find me rusted into the mud of a world they have never seen, and when they crumble me between their fingers, it will be you they find."Hopefully someday I can review this book better, hopefully someday I'll be able to find the words and the thoughtfulness that it deserves. For now all I can say is 1) I'm immeasurably thankful that everything fell into place to allow me to be someone who can read and appreciate Jeanette Winterson, and 2) [...]

    15. This book strikes me as a very good example of a mainstream "literary" fiction writer experimenting with genre, and failing horribly. Winterson is a highly respected, award-winning English author, and many friends of mine love her writing. However, this foray into speculative fiction ventures into thematic territory (namely the essentially destructive nature of humanity, both with regards to each other and the natural world) that's been deeply explored, and displays all the traits of the worst k [...]

    16. eanette Winterson's latest novel, the Stone Gods, is a dark mix of 1984, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and the Cloud Atlas. Despite the fact that her characters state they don't like science fiction and she herself says she hates it in this interview, the book is very much a science fiction novel. It is fixed on ideas, but would be comfortably shelved in either the literature or the science fiction sections of the bookstore.The book's principal idea is that human society is pre-disposed to [...]

    17. A very pleasant surprise. Wonderfully written and a joy to read.It is a hard book to say much about without spoiling major parts. I will say that if you are reading this because it is "science fiction", don't give up on it too quickly. The first part of the book is pretty clumsy in the SF department but that is to be expected from someone who makes it clear that she is not a science fiction fan. Just keep reading until the end and trust me that it will all make sense.

    18. A sort of mystical collection of interrelated stories about love and how humans are destroying our planet and ourselves, a bit preachy but still lovely. Billie (human) and Spike (robo sapien) in some stories, Billie and another human stranded on a hostile island in another story (where the stone gods are). Very sad, even if the author probably meant them to be uplifting in a way.

    19. What a daunting task, writing a review of a Jeanette Winterson book, and this book is so prolix, I may just start with a few paragraphs and then add on as ideas begin to formulate.Let's start with form: it is a sci-fi, anti-Utopian, satire, biography, lyric poem. Here's my synopsis of the plot, maybe. Part I is called "Planet Blue" and the characters are aboard a spaceship leaving Orbis (Earth) which has finally succeeded in annihilating itself. Planet Blue is populated by dinosaurs, so the Miss [...]

    20. My local library has this shelved in the Sci Fi section. The bookstore where I work at one point moved this to Sci Fi (my section to maintain), but I moved it back to the regular fiction section. Why? I'll stand by my determination that I don't think this is a work of genre fiction - it uses the tropes, and it uses the fantastic, but in essence it's still a work of Jeanette Winterson's dreamy, ephemeral fiction. We live in a sci fi world - much of which is explored in this book - where we can't [...]

    21. This satirical, sad, and often poetic presentation of the human condition is described in three short stories (or three and a half), all linked by a protagonist of the same name, though the three time periods (past, present, future) are far from each other. The author chooses the name Billie Crusoe for the protagonist in all three(female in the first and last, male in the second), and the famous castaway’s dilemma of survival hovers behind it all, with even a “Friday” character as a guide [...]

    22. "Everything is imprinted for ever with what it once was" is the final line in this stunning novel.So, Winterson would tell us, Read closely. Planet Blue, Easter Island, Post-3 War. There is a connection between these three scenarios-these three apocalyptic tales-these three love stories. Life is repetition. Can humans learn from the mistakes of the past? Winterson unfolds all at once, a cautionary tale, a survival story, and a complicated, exquisitely written novel on what it means to be human, [...]

    23. November 2017Reread this to make a bunch of notes for essays and my bachelor paper. Still as wonderful, if not more so <3October 2017FuckMeSideways--I finished this late at night because I'd been dying to get to the end for way too long.The Stone Gods is a novel in 4 parts, jumping perspectives and time frames. The main story is that humans have exploited the earth to such a degree that it's not possible for them to live there anymore. Luckily, they've found a new planet, which they expect to [...]

    24. There are some books you love because the story is so good, and others because the writing is so beautiful. And some have both! This book isn't really a gripping page-turner, but it's beautiful and sad and lovely. Jeanette Winterson is fantastic.The premise of the novel is repeating history - how the same thing can happen over and over again, in different times and possibly planets. Humans never seem to learn from their mistakes. In each part of this novel, a character with the same name (differ [...]

    25. Very minor spoilers. Not quite sure how to rate this one. The first ~100 pages are great — unique and fast-paced — but the second half is somewhat confusing until the very end. The timeline switching is an interesting strategy, but my attention still slipped for a while in the middle. I do like how complete the ending feels, and I'm a big fan of the writing, which is what brought it to 4 stars for me.

    26. Winterson writes an engaging set of loosely interconnected stories and ends up seducing the reader as she has done in the past. In The Stone Gods, her protagonists-Billy/ie (s)- seek, stumble or find love in a variety of different places and time.Throughout the novel, W. introduces various worlds and the themes of love, loss and humanity's seemingly inescapable yearning for violence appear with mixed results.If you are a Winterson fan, think of the novel as a mixture of Written On The Body and T [...]

    27. The prose in the book could be really beautiful at times. The story jumped around a bit more than I needed. I would've enjoyed it more if it was a bit more linear but overall the commentary on mankind and technology was really well executed and there was some wonderful descriptive moments in the book. A good read if you like the futuristic sci-fi quasi-distopian thing.

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