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posted by [personal profile] purplecthulhu at 10:41am on 07/08/2017 under
The Age of Scorpio, by Gavin Smith

Ultraviolent space opera with storylines over three epochs including apocalypses in the iron age, the rough present and the far future. A mixed bag - seemed almost formulaically killing off viewpoint characters at first but also oddly compelling. Not sure it was compelling enough to get the next 2 volumes though.

Moskva, by Jack Grimwoord (or John Courtenay Grimwood as he's known in SF circles)

Nice cold war thriller, well told and well written. Interesting to see JCG working in a different genre. He does it well!

Infidel, by Kameron Hurley

Sequel to God's War, with the Belle Dames seizing control and Nyx fighting back. Lots more insect action in this weird but fascinating world.

Who Killed Sherlock Holmes?, by Paul Cornell

The most recent Shadow Police novel. Paul's take on London and the magic and history that surrounds it continues to develop very nicely, and the aftermath of what our heroes did in the last novel has many effects. These are not cardboard cutout coppers but people who have real problems with the strange new world of crime they find themselves in. Hopefully there's another coming soon!

Waking Hell, by Al Robertson

Sequel to the excellent Crashing Heaven, and a return visit to Station. Lots more development of the fascinating future history Al has mapped out, with the aftermath of the last novel still playing out and the addition of some very nasty new adversaries. We also find out a bit about what happened to Earth, and it's not very nice. Happy to say I provided some inspiration for some bits of this. Not sure I can forgive Al for the Kneale Pits though :-)

Eidolon, by Libby McGuigan

Got this in a BSFA raffle and a nice short read it is. Slightly reminiscent of Einstein's Bridge in that a strong plot element is the need to stop a major particle physics experiment (in this case the LHC), but with rather more mystical and conspiracy elements as well.

Going Back, by Juliet Kemp

Writing group read of a members draft novel. Developing nicely, but other than that my lips are sealed.

Into Everywhere, by Paul MacAuley

Second (last?) Jackaroo novel, in which we learn a lot more about what's going on and see more of the very weird stuff Paul has developed for it. Really good mind expanding stuff.

Predictably Irrational, by Dan Ariely

Secret Santa present from work. Not a lot new to me here but some interesting demonstrations that we are not as rational as we like to think we are, and how various groups, from business to politics, use that to manipulate us. The writer has an interesting MO where he has an idea for something, then experiments on students to see if he's right.

The Fifth Season, by N K Jemisin

I can see why this won the Hugo last year - really good fantasy world with rounded characters, believable rivalries, and some really nasty goings on. The world here is quite unpleasantly hostile in many ways, especially to our lead character.

Revenger, by Alastair Reynolds

Hard SF Space Opera! Space Pirates! Space sailing! Mysterious technologies and swashbuckling heroines! Great fun and highly recommended.

The Hanging Tree, by Ben Aaronovitch

The latest Rivers of London book, and we head back into the core narrative after a trip to the country. This time we're in the high class part of London, which means a lot of visits to Knightsbrige and Mayfair. I can see Ben has the same opinion of 1 Knightsbridge as I do. Great fun.

Aurora, by Kim Stanley Robinson

KSR's take on generation colony ships, resulting in a story that is almost as optimistic as something by Peter Watts, but also realistic, human and believable. Will set the agenda for discussion of colony ships for years to come.

Killing Titan, by Greg Bear

Sequel to War Dogs that, despite it's title, spends a lot of its time just getting to Titan where, presumably, the third novel will provide the finale. A bit of a between book, but still enjoyable and with some interesting weirdness thrown in. The simple us vs. them of book one is eroding to something much more interesting and complex, with interesting similarities between Bear's Gurus and MacAuley's Jackaroo.

Empire Games, by Charles Stross

Merchant Princes the Next Generation starts well, though the real world is trying hard to be as nasty as Stross' surveillance state.

The Corporation Wars: Insurgence, by Ken Macleod

Another Volume 2, and with some of the usual problems. We get to see more of the Acceleration here and again the good vs. bad between Axe and Rac of volume one breaks down into something more complex. Looking forward to vol 3 to see where this is going.

Luna: Wolf Moon, by Ian McDonald

Another volume 2, but I felt this pulled it off very well. The dynastic war between the Moon's five families continues, but with a new and frightening player entering the game - Earth. Very definitely recommended.
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posted by [personal profile] purplecthulhu at 12:29am on 26/03/2007 under
Books read update:

Sailing Bright Eternity Greg Benford

Vacuum Diagrams Stephen Baxter

Gateway Fred Pohl

The Clan Corporate Charles Stross

Immortality Inc. Robert Sheckly

Darkland Liz Williams

Starfish Peter Watts

Maelstrom Peter Watts

I've now tracked down the two Behemoth volumes from Peter Watts and they're on the way. The two novels of his I've read so far are really rather good. If you want to see them they're available as ebooks from:

www.rifters.com

And if you want a taster of Peter Watts you can listen to his lecture on vampire biology at:

http://www.rifters.com/real/progress.htm

(I think you can tell I've become a fan).
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posted by [personal profile] purplecthulhu at 12:29am on 26/03/2007 under
Books read update:

Sailing Bright Eternity Greg Benford

Vacuum Diagrams Stephen Baxter

Gateway Fred Pohl

The Clan Corporate Charles Stross

Immortality Inc. Robert Sheckly

Darkland Liz Williams

Starfish Peter Watts

Maelstrom Peter Watts

I've now tracked down the two Behemoth volumes from Peter Watts and they're on the way. The two novels of his I've read so far are really rather good. If you want to see them they're available as ebooks from:

www.rifters.com

And if you want a taster of Peter Watts you can listen to his lecture on vampire biology at:

http://www.rifters.com/real/progress.htm

(I think you can tell I've become a fan).
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posted by [personal profile] purplecthulhu at 04:30pm on 06/03/2007 under
I've realised that I have a problem in remembering what I've read when, so this is an attempt to keep track of the books I've been reading.

So, to start with, this is will become an expanding list of the books I read this year. Whether I do anything more with it, like adding reviews, I'll decide later.

So, books read so far in 2007:

Sailing Bright Eternity Greg Benford

Vacuum Diagrams Stephen Baxter

Woken Furies Richard Morgan - at least i think I read that this year, but I'm not sure - you see my problem!

Gateway Fred Pohl

The Clan Corporate Charles Stross

Immortality Inc. Robert Sheckly

Darkland Liz Williams

I read slowly enough that I'm unlikely to meet the 50 book challenge, but this will be an interesting list for me. Tough luck for the rest of you if it bores you!
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posted by [personal profile] purplecthulhu at 04:30pm on 06/03/2007 under
I've realised that I have a problem in remembering what I've read when, so this is an attempt to keep track of the books I've been reading.

So, to start with, this is will become an expanding list of the books I read this year. Whether I do anything more with it, like adding reviews, I'll decide later.

So, books read so far in 2007:

Sailing Bright Eternity Greg Benford

Vacuum Diagrams Stephen Baxter

Woken Furies Richard Morgan - at least i think I read that this year, but I'm not sure - you see my problem!

Gateway Fred Pohl

The Clan Corporate Charles Stross

Immortality Inc. Robert Sheckly

Darkland Liz Williams

I read slowly enough that I'm unlikely to meet the 50 book challenge, but this will be an interesting list for me. Tough luck for the rest of you if it bores you!

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