I loved how this future created by bio-terrorism is so plausible, and the "solutions" are grounded in science, terrifying, and heartbreaking.
WonderfulI loved how this future created by bio-terrorism is so plausible, and the "solutions" are grounded in science, terrifying, and heartbreaking.
Wonderful writing, Jane Rogers really gets into the swirling passions of the teenage mind. Told in first person by a bright girl with a resolve to do the unthinkable, I could not stop reading. The world is on the brink and Jessie and her friends all find very different paths toward a better world. One thing they all have in common is disgust at the world their parents left them.
I'm sure reading this as a teenager would have a very different impact. The father, helpless in the face of decisions of his child, well, I've been there. I had to squeeze my memory back to when I was the young one striking out on my own.
As powerful as Jessie's story is, there are other young people making they own hard choices. I ended up rooting for Sal and Lisa, not so much the boys.
This book has a three braided plot, with one braid in Brazil's colonial past, one in it's urban present, and the othAn amazing and mind blowing book.
This book has a three braided plot, with one braid in Brazil's colonial past, one in it's urban present, and the other in a strange future. The past follows a Jesuit priest set on a Heart of Darkness quest to stop a renegade Jesuit who has carved out an empire in the Amazon. The present Point of View character is a reality TV show producer who comes up with the idea to have a Reality TV trail of the goalie who lost the 1950 world cup for Brazil and cost the nation decades of self-doubt. The future gives us the world of a high tech bisexual businessman/hustler who falls in love with a beautiful quantum computer hacker.
All of the characters are well drawn and when the braid switches, you get immediately caught up in the life of the next character.
What the reader doesn't get at the start of the book, is how these threads could ever meet up. But meet up they do, so pay attention to the weird stuff, because that's where the tie-in comes from.
Some SF/F books are so subtle in their fantastic elements, you can recommend them to your friends outside the genre. Not Brasyl. This is why you read science fiction. I imagine that readers of literary fiction must feel the same way, "this is such a life altering book, but no one outside of our tribe will understand it. Poor simpletons." This is such a book for the Science Fiction reader. It is truly sad that outsiders couldn't begin to understand. Simpletons....
It's an amazing ride, but I was slightly put off by one of the ideas in the ending. Perhaps only because I had read Darwinia by Robert Charles Wilson years ago. I don't want to include any spoilers, so I'll leave it at that. Not enough of a problem for me to take off a star.
The ending was emotionally satisfying and my major disappointment what that it came to an end. If you read Science Fiction, you don't want to miss this. Ian McDonald's best work, and I like Ian McDonald....more
This is one of the best paper and pencil role playing games books I've ever read. This is the core rules of Warhammer 40k Roleplaying, and while set iThis is one of the best paper and pencil role playing games books I've ever read. This is the core rules of Warhammer 40k Roleplaying, and while set in the future, it's more fantasy than science fiction.
The flavor is gothic, and the players all work for the holy inquisition. Demons and psychic power are real and dangerous. The galaxy is populated by a variety of gothic distopias. The players must hunt down heritics, witches (untrained psychics), demons, and aliens. Science is not shiny and new, but dark, old, and works by wrote application of things set down eons before. When things go wrong, an entire planet can be lost.
Anyway, big fun. The only problem is the company (Black Industries) is being closed down in September by it's parent (Games Workshop). Get it while you can....more
An amazing read. Brings Mieville's New Weird into modern London. More of a romp than his other works, yet very serious at the same time. I love the idAn amazing read. Brings Mieville's New Weird into modern London. More of a romp than his other works, yet very serious at the same time. I love the idea of multiple armageddons scheduled for the same day. How embarrassing. The characters are quite odd, and very engaging. The more horrifying character talks nonsense in a way that is truly scary. Another is a mean spirited tattoo on someone else's back. Good craziness. Accessible yet high geek. ...more
I wasn't hooked until the first sentence: "My working relationship with Lucifer began on a rainy Monday."
Fast paced, well thought out, and very twisteI wasn't hooked until the first sentence: "My working relationship with Lucifer began on a rainy Monday."
Fast paced, well thought out, and very twisted, this may be my new favorite Urban Fantasy series. While almost all Urban Fantasy is present day + magic, this is cyber-punk + magic. A very intense dystopian future filled with passionate characters with deep backstories. Almost all of the characters actions spring from events before the book, and Lilith Saintcrow gives the reader just enough of the past to make the present come to life....more
Great space opera. Part thriller, part fargo, all in space. I've read other Culture books (they are in the same universe, but the plots aren't connectGreat space opera. Part thriller, part fargo, all in space. I've read other Culture books (they are in the same universe, but the plots aren't connected that I've noticed), so I thought I'd go back in time and read the first. In his later books I think the characters are rendered better, but this still delivers a great read....more
One of the cool things is that the reader is in the dark about what is really going on for almost all of the book, and so are the chI loved this book.
One of the cool things is that the reader is in the dark about what is really going on for almost all of the book, and so are the characters. The characters desperately want to know why they have been locked up in total quarantine, what is going on in the outside world, and so on, and so does the reader. The tension builds in small but constant increments. Each page taking you closer to the mystery at the heart of the story, but never giving it away.
I enjoyed most of the characters, with the exception of Ray, who was too two dimensional. There are big ideas and concepts here: truth, god, trust, belief... Yum.
This is the second Robert Charles Wilson book I've read ( Darwinia was the first), and it won't be my last. I'm glad a friend recommended him to me. I think I'll read Spin next....more
This is a great book for Rogue Trader games masters.
I liked Edge of the Abyss. There is enough there that is useful that will help me GM exciting RTThis is a great book for Rogue Trader games masters.
I liked Edge of the Abyss. There is enough there that is useful that will help me GM exciting RT games. My favorite bits:
Legends, myths, and lies. Great mood setters and examples of documents your players might come across. "The Breaking Yards at SR-651." What a great place to make repairs, meet pirates, and do business. The Eldar: My players love the Eldar and Dark Eldar, even if their characters do not. They want more Eldar adventures, and these four Eldar (or 3 Eldar, 1 Dark Eldar) factions will help get that kicked off. I love the light cruiser.
The Rok 'Gol: A chaos worshiping race that looks like the Geiger designed monsters from Alien? That shows up when the players are at any archeological dig site? Works for me.
The Stryxis: My players are already fascinated by this race. Enough details and fluff to use them in many encounters.
Chaos Reavers. Yes please. I'm already using the Brotherhood of the Horned Darkness as the power behind several rival rogue traders. Time to ratchet it up and bring out the big boys.
Kasballica: Great. I've already built in a shadow war between the Kasballica and the Ameranthine Syndicate.
Vaults of the Forgotten. I'll mod it before I use it, but it's a fun action / horror scenario. You could substitute the Ameranthine Syndicate for the Kasballica if that's the way your campaign is moving. And I really like the hooks. The PCs are minority investors with the control being in the hands of criminals.
Most of the rest isn't bad, just not as useful to *my* campaign. I wish they had cut all the space they devoted to rival rogue traders (there are enough in "Lure ot the Expanse") and really fleshed out the Disciples of Thule and the "mysteries" of the other worlds. Vehicles for each race would have been nice. Worlds that would have helped my campaign:
a sample Pirate haven a high tech, but non-Imperium, planet to trade with a Thulian forge world...more
This is a great post climate change book, containing three short stories and a novel, all linked.
The world building is well done, and the setting isThis is a great post climate change book, containing three short stories and a novel, all linked.
The world building is well done, and the setting is vivid. It takes place in a future Oregon which has the climate of Arizona, and more than a little of the culture of the dust bowl. There are two main characters in the novel, Carter, a commander of the all powerful Army Corps of Engineers (all water in this future US is rationed by the Corps) and Nita, an empathic mother who is searching for a missing husband. Someone is setting the soaker hose farmers and the Corps against each other, killing farmers and soldiers as people scream for revenge. Carter and Nita are drawn to each other, but water riots, agent provocateurs, and the missing husband are more immediate concerns.
The only issue I had was with the editing / typesetting by Fairwood Press. Quotation marks are totally random.