Not the most original book in the world, but entertaining none the less. Evaline and Mina are interesting characters to get to know, and their steampuNot the most original book in the world, but entertaining none the less. Evaline and Mina are interesting characters to get to know, and their steampunk London is an intriguing and well-realized world. Some aspects, such as the inclusion of Irene Adler, seem a bit forced, but others, such as Miss Holmes unintentionally giving Bram Stoker inspiration during the writing of his novel are clever and amusing. It also has the advantage of being a young adult novel that doesn't talk down to it's audience. So, while it is hardly ground-breaking literature, I look forward to the next installation in the series, and I hope the series grows in assurance along with its heroines. ...more
The Man in the High Castle - A wonderful alternate history about Germany and Japan winning WWII and an author who wrote a book called The GrasshopperThe Man in the High Castle - A wonderful alternate history about Germany and Japan winning WWII and an author who wrote a book called The Grasshopper Lies Heavy about the Allies winning. I fairly quick and easy read, Dick's alternate past presents interesting contrasts between Japanese society and German society at the time of the war, even highlighting differences in the cultures of the separate parts of the former USA that they control.
Ubik - Well-written and disturbing. How Dick comes up with some of the things he writes is beyond me. It's one of those works that messes with your sense of reality and suggests some disturbing ideas about a half-life between life and death. I highly recommend it if you don't mind some mind-bending creepiness in your sci-fi.
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch - It's Dick. That says a lot. There's messing with your sense of reality. There's musings on what it means to be human. There's a surprising amount of meditation on God and religion. There's an ambiguous ending with no firm resolution. It has many affinities with Ubik, though I think I liked this one slightly more. It always takes me by surprise how beautiful his writing is sometimes. I found it very worth the read....more