Wilson has blended H. P. Lovecraft's dark vision with his own revolutionary philosophy and unique narrative powers to produce a stunning, high-tension story of vaulting imagination. A professor makes a horrifying discovery while excavating a sinister archaeological site. For over 200 years, mind parasites have been lurking in the deepest layers of human consciousness, feeding on human life force and steadily gaining a foothold on the planet. Now they threaten humanity's extinction. They can be fought with one weapon only: the mind, pushed to - and beyond - its limits. Pushed so far that humans can read each other's thoughts, that the moon can be shifted from its orbit by thought alone. Pushed so that man can at last join battle with the loathsome parasites on equal terms.
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Kildonan by the sea
There was a time when Colin Wilson was a must read for any aficionado of science fiction, he also wrote about criminology and the breaking of taboos, there is even a movie a very b movie named Lifeforce based on Space Vampires, the book was better even if the name was terrible.
Mind Parasites suffers of with the same affliction, a terrible name with an interesting story that is very much written in the style of H. P. Lovecraft this being the reason that it is still a good story, the philosophy is very dated it talks of racial memory and the sea of shared consciousness, and the infinite expanse of the human mind, some are influences of the racial ideas left by the fascist and communist of the period and some are the experimentation with drugs the sixties had fallen for, LSD was culpable of the expanded filling of very limited consciousness, and the belief that folding the mind into colorful patterns was like folding space and time just because it felt that way. Culture and race were very much interchangeable at that time so culture was described as race, there is one disparaging comment about race in the book, but it feels glaringly notorious to a person of my period and I am not a PC person by any stretch of the imagination.
The plot is well constructed but the amount of suppositions and speculation makes it impossible to maintain coherence, we are thrown from one theory to another, from one speculation to the next and all have the same value as truth as next or the next, making the narration feverish with information and possibilities but not grounded on any one idea just constant speculation.
Interesting to revisit but dated in so many ways.
This is one of my favourite books
The intrigue and author's skill at interweaving retro and futuristic elements.
Have not listened to any other examples - but this is good, and engaging.
Colin Wilson is an author who could be featured far more in the audio-book genre. The Occult, Mysteries and many of his novels would be astounding audio content. Not to mention the 'Outsider' a book still in print after 60 years!
"Great story about self awareness performed badly"
Deep philosophy integrated into a silly modern fantasy.
No. His performance completely misses the story. His beats and emotional exclamations are distracting, and give away that he is merely reading words dramatically not telling a story.
It was made into a bad movie so there's still a chance to capture the philosophy and round up the story in a more honed way through a movie.
The narrator is horrible.
"A great mind breaker"
I'm a huge fan of the three books in this series The Mind Parasites, Space Vampires and my favorite The Philosophers Stone. All three have links to archaic style of horror story that grew from the fertile, disturbing mind of H.P. Lovecraft. We can thank Robert E Howard and August Derlith for this change to the author's normally academic normal fair.
Mr Wilson's take on this style brings a meeting of logic and science to these books. For me this places it a step above many other Cthulhu Mythos stories that were popular during this time period. It is this mix that really makes this enjoyable to me, making it easier to dispel my logical interpretation of the story.
The voice actor was a great choice for this story.
Really hope we see an audio version of The Philosophers Stone!
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