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Entries from Sep 2011

Philip Reeve : Predator’s Gold

30 Sep 2011 · No Comments

Mortal Engines left me so eager for more that I scoured all three bookshops in the town we were staying in for a copy of the sequel, Predator’s Gold, even though I suspected I was setting myself up for disappointment. Sequels aren’t usually as good, perhaps particularly in genre fiction, in part because the critical [...]

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Tags: p-title · r-author · science fiction · young adult

Barry Lyga : The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl

25 Sep 2011 · No Comments

Lyga’s descriptions of what it’s like to be an unpopular, un-sporty, picked-on high school sophomore match so many specific details of my own memories that it’s uncanny. Big ugly bruises on the arm where punches land every day? Check. Lurid homicidal revenge fantasies? Check. Narrator Donnie has an escape hatch, though: he’s secretly working [...]

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Tags: a-title · l-author · young adult

Libba Bray : Going Bovine

24 Sep 2011 · 1 Comment

At the outset of Going Bovine, Cameron Smith, a quintessential teenage underachiever, finds out he’s under an unusual death sentence: he’s contracted Mad Cow disease. With some supernatural aid, he breaks himself out of the hospital and goes on a whacky road-trip to save both himself and the universe — or then again, maybe he [...]

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Tags: b-author · fantasy · g-title · satire · young adult

Philip Reeve : Mortal Engines

23 Sep 2011 · No Comments

Reeve’s young adult steampunk novel is set in a dystopian future where steam-powered cities literally roam the blasted earth on enormous tractor treads, devouring each other in the practice of “municipal Darwinism.” After you get past the willing suspension of disbelief required by the premise, Reeve’s world-building has a lot of lovely little details. There’s [...]

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Steve Brezenoff : The Absolute Value of -1

12 Sep 2011 · No Comments

High school: Noah loves Lily, Lily loves Simon, Simon loves pot; Noah deals pot. I was lucky enough to never be a vertex in a warped little quadrilateral precisely like this, but the geometry of misery feels plenty familiar and accurate anyway. Brezenoff lays it out in first-person narration from the three principles, with [...]

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Vernor Vinge : The Peace War/Marooned in Realtime

06 Sep 2011 · No Comments

It seems a little odd that I never read anything of Vinge’s before; several of his books have won or been shortlisted for major SF words, and the second half of this volume — written way back in ‘86! — is apparently the first explicit reference to “technological singularity” in the modern sense — a [...]

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Tags: m-title · p-title · science fiction · v-author