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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: Even Quieter Wars

It’s really hard to write about Paul McAuley’s Gardens of the Sun as a singular book, since it is, effectively, the second part of a novel that was split into a duology – or at least that’s the impression I got from reading it. The first book does kinda wrap things up,  but the story is really […]

Bookworm 2012: Oh So Quiet

Most of you will not like Paul McAuley’s The Quiet War, and probably shouldn’t even try to read it. I am not aiming for condescension, but simply the mindset when I say there is a lot of science in his fiction and most of it well and truly fictional. This opinion is borne out by […]

Bookworm 2012: In a Maze of Twisty Little Passages, All Alike

If you eat your favourite cake all the time, after a while you’ll grow sick of it. So every now and then, I make a break from my usual reading material (as described here, starting at “The book must have…”) and read some non-fiction, a classic, or a recommended book. But as soon as the […]

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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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