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Entries from Dec 2009

Glen David Gold, Sunnyside

28 Dec 2009 · No Comments

On the whole I liked Glen David Gold’s Sunnyside, even if I’m not quite sure what to make of it. It shares only superficial similarities with Gold’s debut novel, Carter Beats the Devil: like the earlier book it seamlessly blends historical and invented characters in a story fully of derring-do, heartbreak, and coincidence-fueled plot twists. [...]

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Tags: g-author · historical · s-title

Charles Stross: Wireless

20 Dec 2009 · No Comments

I finally figured out that I like Charles Stross better when he’s being funny than when he’s being preachy. His short fiction collection Wireless offers both. My favorite entries were “Rogue Farm” and “Trunk and Disorderly.” The former is a sly future backwoods noir that almost lives up to its killer opening:

It was a bright, [...]

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Tags: fantasy · s-author · science fiction · w-title

John Connolly: The Book of Lost Things

01 Dec 2009 · 1 Comment

I wanted to read The Book of Lost Things even though I disliked Connolly’s The Gates. I had an intuition that The Gates was a less well-developed book, maybe even rushed a bit to capitalize on the market created by The Book of Lost Things.
And I was right — The Book of Lost Things is [...]

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Tags: b-title · c-author · fiction