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Review: Finch by Jeff Vandermeer

Finch by Jeff Vandermeer
I’m a sucker for a good cover, and I love this cover. It’s eye-catching and interesting and different. Much like the story it contains (except for the eye-catching bit, which doesn’t really work, and leads to this horrible parenthetical digression which, really, spoils the whole snappyness of the intro paragraph… oh well.)
Ambergris [...]

Review: the Demi-Monde: Winter by Rod Rees

Let’s imagine you’re the US military. One of your brain-labs invents the uber-computer, which never experiences slow-down because it’s impossible to run more processes than it can cope with. They call it ABBA. I’m not sure why they do this, the book is obsessed with acronyms and wordplay, but I don’t remember being told what [...]

Review: Zero History by William Gibson

Zero History
Slick and interesting, Zero History turns fashion and marketing trends into the stuff of spy thrillers. This time Gibson’s hit it straight on the head, the book’s swagger and cool all seems genuine, not forced.
I’ve been reading Gibson for a long time. Not since Neuromancer was first published, obviously, I would have been five, [...]

Review: the Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi

The Quantum Thief
The Quantum Thief is a heist story; it’s a reality-warping conspiracy thriller; it’s far-future cyberpunk (were such a thing possible); it’s hard SF, but it isn’t. It may just be my new favourite book, toppling Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny from the spot it has occupied for years innumerable (well, about [...]

Review: The Eternity Artifact by L.E. Modesitt, jr.

Humanity has left the Earth and expanded into the universe. (Don’t we always). But in all the planets they have settled, they have never encountered another sentient species, they have never encountered aliens. Now one of the superpowers is putting together a clandestine operation to investigate something which might finally prove we are not alone…
A [...]

Review: The Fuller Memorandum by Charles Stross

Ok, so it’s not the review I promised you… or even the apocalyptic fiction blog… but it’s what you’re getting. So shush.
And it’s got an end of the world flavour to it anyway, what with cultists trying to bring the whole thing about… I’m not too sure if this is actually going to be the [...]

My week in SF – Iron Man 2 – Feed – Halo Reach beta.

It’s so bad not being in the habit of blogging regularly… it’s like bumping into a friend you haven’t seen for ages, there’s so much you have to say, but you don’t know where to start, and if you’re not careful the two of you will just stand there, awkwardly. Hi… So… How have you [...]

Review: For the Win by Cory Doctorow

I bumped this review up the list a little since the book has just hit the shelves here in the UK. I know it has because I put it there myself, two days ago.
Cory Doctorow is an author I’ve been meaning to read for a while: the blurbs all appeal to me, I hear good [...]

Review: The Noise Within by Ian Whates

Wow, I’m already falling behind on updates, and I promised you reviews… And, for what was supposed to be an all inclusive SF blog, I’ve been sticking to books quite a lot haven’t I…?
So, continuing in that vein…
A book review!
The Noise Within, by Ian Whates
Perhaps disappointingly for the first review on here, it will [...]

Relaunching remastered masterworks. A ramble.

You’d think that companies would work hard to make information available. That a great big publishing house like Orion, home of the SF imprint Gollancz, would be the obvious place to go to find a decent page promoting their relaunch of the classic SF Masterworks series… but no. Apparently not.
There’s a few amazon lists someone’s [...]

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