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Bookworm 2013: Crunchy Collections

Much as Strahan’s collection of short stories was a hit-and-miss affair, leaving an overall sour taste (the hits came early, the misses later, for a downward spiral effect), Anne C. Perry’s The Lowest Heaven collection of stories set around the Solar System was, for the most part, absolutely brilliant. The stories are arrayed in a more-or-less linear […]

Bookworm 2013: Neither Here Nor There

Like many others, I grew tired of steampunk relatively quickly and was weary of delving into Lavie Tidhar’s The Bookman fearing it to be more goggles-and-brass spot-the-celebrity fanfic. Well, to an extent I was wrong, and to an extent I was not. The book deals with the adventures of Orphan, our unnamed protagonist, as he meanders his […]

Bookworm 2013: Not Quite Right

Occasional excursions outside the genres are good for vigor, but on average, for every Ulysses or To the Lighthouse, I run across one Hunger by Knut Hamsun or The Man Who Was Thursday  by G.K. Chesterton. These two are books (as I’m told) that were once revolutionary and brought something thoroughly new into the craft of writing, but they have aged […]

Bookworm 2013: Continuations

There were quite a few series I’ve continued this year, either because I decided to set aside the time and get invested into thousands of pages of a world, such as Joe Abercrombie’s First Law series, or simply because the latest sequels or parts of x-ologies happed to come out this year. The ones listed below are […]

Bookworm 2013: Hype Machine

I’d like to say I’m mad at Warren Ellis for Gun Machine, but it wouldn’t be true. I am disappointed, though. It was a book seriously hyped last year, and I grabbed a copy as soon as one was available. The beautiful trailer, the weird concept, the intriguing opening chapter – all of this promised something […]

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    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
    From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time
    The Ophiuchi Hotline
    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
    Green Eyes
    Crackpot Palace: Stories
    The Fractal Prince
    The Fecund's Melancholy Daughter

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