About Pierce Brown: "So while trying to make it as a writer, he worked as a manager of social media at a startup tech company, toiled as a peon on theAbout Pierce Brown: "So while trying to make it as a writer, he worked as a manager of social media at a startup tech company, toiled as a peon on the Disney lot at ABC Studios, did his time as an NBC page, and gave sleep deprivation a new meaning during his stint as an aide on a U.S. Senate campaign."
Unfortunately, none of this fueled his skill at writing and I am impressed he was able to eke out an entire trilogy. Sadly, I will not be reading the next two installments.
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Occasionally a book will come along that is so amazing and overwhelmingly powerful, it becomes a challenge to describe it. Using small, brief annotatiOccasionally a book will come along that is so amazing and overwhelmingly powerful, it becomes a challenge to describe it. Using small, brief annotations is a disservice. In it's stead, I present to you the words of Niall Alexander, Scottish reviewer for Tor.com
"But this is a big picture to behold: bolstered as it is by a complex protagonist, an engrossing, high-stakes story and a truly transcendent setting, The Dark Forest is by every measure a better book than The Three-Body Problem—and The Three-Body Problem was awesome."
Inventive, interesting premise and highly compelling with one of the most magnetic 'cat characters' you will ever encounter. Mort(e) is a unique blendInventive, interesting premise and highly compelling with one of the most magnetic 'cat characters' you will ever encounter. Mort(e) is a unique blend of science fiction, fantasy and mystery. Most of it works, some parts didn't but Repino is an extremely skilled storyteller that kept me turning page after page. For readers who like something a 'little bit different'.
In the near future an influenza-like global pandemic has left one percent of the population of the world with complete paralysis of the voluntary nervIn the near future an influenza-like global pandemic has left one percent of the population of the world with complete paralysis of the voluntary nervous system and sensations resulting in ‘lock-in’ Twenty five years further into the future, the world is shaped by this medical issue called Haden’s syndrome. Integrators loan their bodies to Hadens for temporary important face-to-face interactions. Long-term use is carried out through mechanical robotic beings called ‘threeps’. Rookie FBI agent Chris Shane and his veteran partner Leslie Vance are assigned to a Haden related murder at the Watergate Hotel where of the suspects is an integrator. This story is how they eventually solve the crime. Scalzi touches on many contemporary issues with his narrative, health care costs, protests of cutbacks, corporate and pharmaceutical corruption, political complexities, technical advancements and virtual presences. The author presents some interesting ideas for those who like their mysteries with a science fiction twist or those who like sci fi with a mysterious element.
This is the story of Sunny, Maxon and their son Bubber. Sunny is born with Alopecia. She and Maxon meet as children and eventually marry. Sunny wantsThis is the story of Sunny, Maxon and their son Bubber. Sunny is born with Alopecia. She and Maxon meet as children and eventually marry. Sunny wants to live a normal life with her husband and her son, evidenced by her decision to wear a wig and paste eyebrows and eyelashes to her face. However despite those efforts her life begins to unravel. She is pregnant with her second child, her mother is terminally ill and her genius engineer husband is on a NASA mission to the moon to program robots for colonization. As Sunny tries to navigate all these areas of her life she learns that life is more about embracing our flaws than in trying to overcome them. She begins to understand that humanity manifests itself in our flaws everyone is flawed in some way. She comes to the realization that we are all special possibly because of our imperfections.
Netzer’s narrative is told from multiple points of view in lovely prose and alternates back and forth in time. Through her rich, vibrant characters, she reminds us that we are harder on ourselves than anyone else could ever be. At its core, Shine Shine Shine is about the power of love to heal no matter how we ourselves try to subvert it. ...more
There is a lot to like in this third installment of the Priscilla Hutchins' series, but there are a wee bit too many flaws as well. In the words of oneThere is a lot to like in this third installment of the Priscilla Hutchins' series, but there are a wee bit too many flaws as well. In the words of one reviewer, 'had me, then lost me"....more
When most dystopian literature is post-apocalyptic, Ben Winters has written a pre-apocalyptic thriller that includes an asteroid heading straight forWhen most dystopian literature is post-apocalyptic, Ben Winters has written a pre-apocalyptic thriller that includes an asteroid heading straight for earth. In the first installment, The Last Policeman, we meet Detective Hank Palace in the last six months of the life of the earth. People are leaving their jobs, joining the church, going off to complete their bucket list and going off to die. Suicides are huge. Hank Palace comes upon a suicide that looks suspiciously like a murder. As he investigates, his colleagues wonder why he bothers. Who is going to prosecute? How long will he actually be in prison since the earth only has six months to live? But Hank Palace perseveres because of the moral code he has set for himself. Countdown City continues with three months to go and another mystery that Hank cannot help himself to try and solve, as does the third and final installment World of Trouble. Many trilogies struggle to make the third story interesting but Ben Winters conclusion is the best of the three and well worth the investment. Paul Constant says Trouble “is a rare case where the final book improves the books that came before,” but it’s the character of Hank Palace as well that carries us through. His philosophical view of mortality and inherent morality give us hope in a world without it. ...more
Robert Silverberg: in a word – original; in another word, genre bender. Blending elements of both science fiction and fantasy he has shapedOmigosh!!!
Robert Silverberg: in a word – original; in another word, genre bender. Blending elements of both science fiction and fantasy he has shaped the familiar themes of both into a fresh, innovative and exciting narrative. His characters have depth and personality and warmth. His pacing is masterful. The slowly evolving story only heightens the tension.
Philosophical issues that we all grapple with are laid bare for us to continue to ponder through the protagonists and many of the other characters that populate Silverberg’s novel.
I was especially drawn to the world of Majipoor and the diversity of beings. More than anything I feel he was making a point that we are all different yet we can get along, work together and yes actually like and appreciate one another.
Gulliver Foyle has been marooned in outer space after an attack on his space ship. When he is ignored by another space ship passing by, he vows to punGulliver Foyle has been marooned in outer space after an attack on his space ship. When he is ignored by another space ship passing by, he vows to punish the ship that left him to die. Foyle in fact lives and his obsession with that one goal alters the universe irreparably. Think revenge with a capital “R”.
Bester's world building is impressive. The female characters are well drawn with depth and authenticity – finally! His narrative is compelling, creative, inventive, terrifying and totally unpredictable. You are unprepared for whatever happens next in the story and are generally surprised. “Did he really do that?” The last fifty pages are mind bending and are reinforced by his extraordinary manipulation of prose.
What would The Count of Monte Cristo look like if it were set in the twenty-fifth century? This incredible novel just might be a close approximation. ...more
Those of us who read Among Others are aware that Jo Walton has read a “bit “ of speculative fiction and has a fair amount of authority when writing abThose of us who read Among Others are aware that Jo Walton has read a “bit “ of speculative fiction and has a fair amount of authority when writing about the genre. Much like Nick Hornby’s writings in McSweeneys, this is a collection of Walton’s reviews of the vast reading she’s done in speculative fiction. As I am new to the genre, I experienced little confluence with much of the writing. There are thirteen reviews of the works of Steven Brust (never heard of him), thirteen of books by Lois McMaster Bulold (only read one) and several on C.J. Cherryh (?) and Samuel ‘Skip’ Delaney (Nova). With that said, I was impressed and elated with reviews of books that I knew and had read, some of them not science fictiony at all.
Her review of George Eliot’s Middlemarch warmed my heart. What a pity she couldn’t have single-handedly invented science fiction!
“So the most common failing of genre fiction is that you get shallow stories with feeble characters redeemed only by the machinations of evil wizards, or the fascinating spaceship economy or whatever. What I want is stories as well written and characterized as Middlemarch, but with more options for what can happen. That’s what I always hope for, and that’s what I get from the best of SF.”
She made me want to re-read and purchase my own copy of The Bone People by Keri Hulme so I could read it as many times as I like, when I like. Having just finished The Left Hand of Darkness, I thoroughly enjoyed her assessment of Le Guin; Gender and Glaciers. We both loved Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell and wonder why Susanna Clarke’s novel wasn’t more influential. Walton and I are kindred souls over Octavia Butler’s Kindred who got ‘time travel’ right. And finally she most makes me want to read Fire On The Mountain, by Terry Bisson, who I’ve also never heard of but want to.
An interesting and comprehensive collection of reviews that is a must for all readers of science fiction and fantasy. ...more
An anthology of science fiction short stories complied by the Great Books Foundation with an excellent representation of the wide range of authors affAn anthology of science fiction short stories complied by the Great Books Foundation with an excellent representation of the wide range of authors affiliated with this compelling genre. They include Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, PKD, E.M. Forster, Le Guin, Vonnegut, James Tiptree, Octavia Butler, Karen Joy Fowler and Connie Willis to name a few.
A good resource for those new to science fiction literature....more