Friday, November 18
Zendegi, Greg Egan
Meh. Lost interest, stopped reading.
Snuff, Terry Pratchett
Not his best. But then, his best is very, very good.
The Children of the Sky, Vernor Vinge
The long-awaited sequel to the classic A Fire Upon the Deep disappoints. Some interesting parts, but the villain of the piece is petty, stupid, and dull. Doesn't measure up to the original or the prequel.*
The Atrocity Archive, The Jennifer Morgue, The Fuller Memorandum, Charles Stross
I like most (not all, but most) of Stross's work, and these are some of his best. Think computational linguistics meets British spy thriller meets H. P. Lovecraft. Snow Crash meets Declare. Recommended if you like any of those things. (I was re-reading those after I tossed Zendegi on the eight deadly words pile.)
The Clockwork Rocket, Greg Egan
Has potential, still reading. It's about an amoeboid alien chick from another universe who is her species' Einstein-analogue. The science is laid on a bit thick at times - what I'm looking for is more of Egan's brilliant last-third-of-Schild's-Ladder** and so far this is intriguing but not quite it.
* Mind you, both of those won the Hugo award for best novel, so it had a lot to live up to.
** The first third wasn't bad either; the second third plodded, but the last third took wing and soared.
Posted by: J Greely at Saturday, November 19 2011 03:33 AM (2XtN5)
Posted by: Mitch H. at Saturday, November 19 2011 04:23 AM (jwKxK)
I agree that The Fuller Memorandum was the weakest of the three, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it, and it never ticked me off the way those parts of the Family Trade books do.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, November 19 2011 08:14 AM (PiXy!)
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at Saturday, November 19 2011 09:06 AM (pWQz4)
Posted by: Mitch H. at Tuesday, November 22 2011 05:29 AM (jwKxK)
Honestly, I've never read the Flashman stuff.
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at Tuesday, November 22 2011 06:34 AM (GJQTS)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Wednesday, November 23 2011 02:11 AM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wednesday, November 23 2011 10:46 AM (PiXy!)
Children of the Sky was one of those books that seemed to be born out of inertia, it just didn't go anywhere or do anything new. It should have ended with the Blighter fleet in orbit. And FFS, (spoiler!) how do they not kill Nevil at the end? I mean, come on.
At any rate, I have high hopes for Trent Zelazny and Tony Daniel, and I am firmly resolved to avoid learning of any political views they might have.
Posted by: TallDave at Sunday, November 27 2011 04:05 PM (lNW+B)
Posted by: Mitch H. at Wednesday, December 07 2011 04:52 AM (jwKxK)
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