March 30th, 2005
I just realized I've been very remiss in updating my books list.
Here's my latest reads that I can remember off the top of my head:
Author: Alastair Reynolds
Books (3): Revelation Space, Chasm City, Redemption Ark.
Pro Review quote: "Gonzo cybergoth space opera: intensely compelling; darkly intelligent; hugely ambitious" - Paul J McAuley
I dig this author, and the above quote is pretty accurate. It's space opera-ish in a way that hasn't been seen since the authors of yore (poul anderson and co.), and manages to be almost cyberpunk-ish in some respects as well. I can see the gothity connection but I hadn't made it myself. Picked the first one up on a whim and I'm very glad that I did. There's a fourth one that was released recently, they don't have a copy at my nearest book store though so I'm going to have to hunt for it.
Definitely recommended to all hard sci-fi fans. They go in order, start with Revelation Space and move on if you like that one.
Author: Jeff Moon
Title: Automated Alice
Comments: Fun light read, a revisit to Alice of "Through the Looking Glass" but in a decidedly new story. I liked it well enough, but wasn't blown away.
Author: Pete Hamill
Comments: Meg's been trying to get me to read something other than Sci-Fi, and this was a successful attempt. This is an awesome book, I liked it a whole lot. I knew how it was going to end from about half-way through, but that didn't make me enjoy it any less. An Irish Immigrant to New York becomes immortal, lives through the history of NY City. Well written, interesting subject and material, what more can you ask for?
Highly recommended for any New Yorkers out there (or city/history buffs), just plain recommended for everyone else.
I'm sure there were others, but I can't remember them right now and it's lunchtime. More once I've checked out the bookshelves at home.
I read that Forever on the sly... got about halfway through before giving up on it.
and we won't discuss how a certain Neuromancer has sat bedside at page 134 for the last 3 months....
i just realized, as i was posting the reply, that it seemed awfully negative or even judgmental. but you know i don't mean it that way!!!
i think if i'd had an uninterrupted stretch of time, i'd have enjoyed Forever--it has a lot of elements that i enjoy in a story. Neuromancer--all i can say is i TRIED. i really, really tried, and i just can't get into it. on the one hand, i want to say that book sucks. on the other hand, i feel like i'm missing out on something. it's that latter hand that wins, too, btw.
what do you expect, though, from someone whose literary interests typically sit on the 20th century brit/irish novel side of things?
fair enough. Point ceded.