Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life

(March 2017)



I am, once more, rendered incoherent by Li's writing. I genuinely can't fathom how anyone is capable of producing anything simultaneously so precise yet so supple, so pitiless yet so profoundly humane. Just extraordinary.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Viriconium

(March 2017)
  


A full compendium of M. John Harrison’s Viriconium stories, originally published separately (as three short novels and a short story collection) between 1971 and 1985. I’ve previously written about how superb Harrison is as a stylist, and while that’s clearly evident here, I also suspect that reading all these stories together like this didn’t really do them many favours.
  

Monday, 13 March 2017

The Stars Are Legion

(February 2017)



Very good, very meaty (figuratively and literally), but I also read this with an increasing sense of déjà vu.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Monday, 6 March 2017

Norse Mythology

(February 2017)



Asgard reimagined as the prototypical frat house. Which is not such a departure from the source material, to be honest.

Friday, 3 March 2017

The Steerswoman

(February 2017)
  


Continuing what has become an impromptu ‘Competent Women’ season here on this is how she fight start, we have the first volume of Rosemary Kirstein’s long- and glacially slow-running Steerswoman series.

Monday, 27 February 2017

City of Blades

(February 2017)



Excellent storytelling; just one more chapter and suddenly it’s 3 A.M. stuff. It's also dedicated to "Sir Terry", which pretty much guarantees that I'm going to look on it favourably.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Babel-17

(February 2017)



Working my way through the canon. Slim book, fat (if not entirely watertight) ideas. Thinking of collating a Linguistics in SF list. There’s this, Embassytown, Snow Crash, and of course 1984. Any other ideas?

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Too Like the Lightning

(January 2017)



I enjoyed this book. In places I enjoyed it very much indeed. Please bear that in mind, as I’m going to spend most of what follows talking about its many faults. Though to be honest, they’re all really manifestations of one fault. It is all, appropriately enough, just a little too… a little too.