The Silence of the Tomes
Girl in Landscape is full of talk, but it is perhaps, at the same time, the most silent book I can easily remember ever reading.
-- John Clute, 1998
Most alternate histories – Arabian Wine is, barely, one of these – sing the wrath of change. They are all about getting somewhere by other means. Arabian Wine does not so utter. Its lips are sealed. It is the most silent work of sf I think I may have ever read.
-- Ibid., 2005