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Entries from Jan 2008

William Browning Spencer: The Ocean and All Its Devices

24 Jan 2008 · No Comments

William Browning Spencer’s fiction often features ancient alien creatures inimical (or at best, indifferent) to humanity, and as a result I don’t think I’ve ever seen a review of his work that didn’t mention a certain author whose name isn’t quite Howard Phillips Adoreart. Like many facile comparisons, it strikes me as unfair. For one [...]

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Tags: fantasy · horror · o-title · s-author · science fiction

Neal Stephenson: Cryptonomicon

05 Jan 2008 · 3 Comments

Cryptonomicon has several attributes that will be familiar to readers of other Stephenson novels like Snow Crash and The Diamond Age. There’s the crazy see-saw between action that’s basically naturalistic and surreal, exaggerated sequences. If Cryptonomicon were a movie, I feel like most of it would be live action, but many of the scenes [...]

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Tags: c-title · historical · s-author · thriller