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Entries from Feb 2011

Alan DeNiro : Total Oblivion, More or Less

25 Feb 2011 · No Comments

DeNiro’s first novel (following a well-received string of short stories) presents a transformed near-future America: the nation is beset by anachronistic invaders, ravaged by a mysterious plague, and technology stops working. DeNiro pulls off the neat trick of making his surreal world feel internally consistent, largely because it’s grounded by the narrative voice of Macy, [...]

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Tags: d-author · fantasy · satire · t-title

Eduardo Porter : The Price of Everything

21 Feb 2011 · No Comments

There are a lot of intriguing concepts in The Price of Everything, but I was bothered throughout by logic that seemed sloppy. But on the other hand, I mistrust my judgement a little bit because I had a vehement, irrational, negative emotional reaction to some of the book’s content.
Porter’s key concept is that [...]

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Tags: economics · p-author · p-title · sociology

Alexander Jablokov: Brain Thief

14 Feb 2011 · 2 Comments

The short version: Brain Thief absolutely floored me. If you think you’d like a post-modern noir that’s dark and funny, packed with quirky characters and hair-raising thrills, and has some near-future science fiction flavor, it’s run-do-not-walk time. Bernal Hayden-Rumi works for a wealthy eccentric who funds oddball research projects, something is going identifiably wonky with [...]

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Tags: b-title · j-author · mystery · science fiction

Mark Chadbourn : Age of Misrule – World’s End

06 Feb 2011 · No Comments

World’s End felt throughout like a book I expected to like, and I wonder if I might’ve liked it better if I’d encountered it earlier. It’s a heroic fantasy of the magic-returns-to-the-modern-world variety. Chadbourn clearly knows a lot about the myths and legends of the British Isles, and this was what I enjoyed most in [...]

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Tags: a-title · c-author · fantasy · w-title