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Bleak History by John Shirley
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Oct 13, 10

bookshelves: science-fiction, fantastic-fiction
Read from October 05 to 13, 2010

Stunning. Shirley grips the existential horror of fantastic fiction by the balls and trods on its toes with both feet.

He plays a symphony to celebrate its defeat. Maybe there's champagne; maybe not. But the music is sweet, mathematical, warm, and sears your heart with all the rhythmic brutality of heavy metal and the tonal subtlety of Miles playing Porter.

And when it's over you wish he'd left you at the station so you could still be looking forward to the ride.
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