Who says women can't write hard SF? I found the first thirty or so pages hard going as I became accustomed to the gender usage, but after that I was lo...moreWho says women can't write hard SF? I found the first thirty or so pages hard going as I became accustomed to the gender usage, but after that I was loathe to put the book down. I love the world and characters that Leckie has brings us. Highly recommend this to lovers of SF.(less)
In The Company Articles of Edward Teach, Dyer takes the body swapping trope in a different direction. While it is...moreThe Company Articles of Edward Teach
In The Company Articles of Edward Teach, Dyer takes the body swapping trope in a different direction. While it is about wish fulfilment, it isn't jealousy and misunderstanding of another's life. Rather it is about two teens, wishing they were anyone else. Both raised in orthodox families - Layla, a Muslim, resenting the dominance of her father, the control others have over her life. Avi, Jewish, and railing against the future his mother has mapped out for him.
A chance encounter sees their wishes fulfilled, not by swapping with each other, but by both being thrown into bodies in a different time and place. and explores the effect on the psyche.
The story tells the struggle of the teens to hold onto their identities, and to survive in a time of violence and sickness, as they try to implement and practice and hold onto what they know, understand and believe, when it isn't compatible with the thinking of the time they are in.
Well told and fast paced, the story captures the brutality of the time period it is set in, and does a good job of portraying the confusion a modern teen would feel if they were confronted with this situation.
Overall I found this an enjoyable quick read.
The Angælien Apocalypse
I’m always a little bit terrified when I read a story that utilises biblical elements. I think there’s always a possibility when you read stories that dwell on premises that are at the core of your belief that you’re going to get offended. Maybe because an author has seized on just a few points that they think they know, but they’ve failed to understand, or because they take the story into the realm of the blasphemous. This doesn’t mean I don’t read stories that contain those elements though. I might read them, but my stomach will stay balled up and my breathing will be shallow because I’m tensed, waiting to see how things play out, unsure whether I am going to be offended or upset. I was a bit apprehensive when I started reading “The Angælien Apocalypse”. Actually, that’s not quite correct. I’ll be honest, I didn’t really have any idea what it was about when I started, but within the first few pages I was getting the idea. The story is set in the near future and looks at the imminent return of Jesus, together with the rise of the Anti-Christs, and the warring factions behind the return. There was one point in particular where it very nearly lost me, providing an either/or scenario that I couldn’t come to terms with, but as I continued, albeit with some apprehension, this resolved itself. All in all I enjoyed what Chrulew did with this story, weaving numerous aspects from various parts of the bible into a cohesive and entertaining story.(less)