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Entries from Nov 2012

Christopher L. Bennett: Only Superhuman

25 Nov 2012 · No Comments

I had very ambivalent reactions to Only Superhuman.
I really liked the central concept. Bennett starts with a fairly optimistic future in which, a century hence, there are hundreds of space habitats in the inner- and mid-solar system. The environment is rife with social schisms and empire/colony-ish tensions. The novelty is in Bennett postulating that [...]

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Tags: b-author · o-title · science fiction

Caitlin R. Kiernan: Trilobite

09 Nov 2012 · No Comments

I loved Threshold and it scared the bejeezus outta me, but I’m not sure that I completely got it. It’s a bit of a puzzle box. It’s not the sort of book where one version of “objective reality” is an applicable concept, and it’s about the unknowable more than about the unknown. But throughout I [...]

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Tags: autobiography · fantasy · horror · k-author · t-title

Joe Gores: 32 Cadillacs

03 Nov 2012 · No Comments

32 Cadillacs opens with a preface in which Joe Gores claims that the bones of the titular scheme, in which hapless Bay Area dealerships are confidence-tricked out of a boatload of caddies, are rooted in his real-world repoman experiences. And he cautions the easily offended that they’ll find plenty of fodder, but that he can’t [...]

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Tags: #-title · g-author · mystery

Diablo Cody: Candy Girl

03 Nov 2012 · No Comments

Before Cody became the screenwriter of films like Juno, Young Adult, and the woefully under-appreciated Jennifer’s Body, she spent a year stripping (with a little side exploration into phonesex and some other non-hooker sexwork). Her unflinching memoir displays the same sort of acerbic wit her characters wield. She satisfies my long-standing morbid curiosity about the [...]

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Tags: autobiography · c-author

Catherynne Valente: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

03 Nov 2012 · No Comments

I loved this book so much that weeks later I’m still struggling to express my reactions coherently. Valente explicitly draws on the works of Barrie, Baum, Carroll, Lewis, and the folk tale tradition as represented by the Grimms and Andrew Lang’s compendia. It has a dash of post-modern self-referential awareness of its own narrative (but [...]

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Tags: fantasy · g-title · v-author