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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: Labyrinths

They warned me – told me very clearly – I should not read it unprepared; I should at least breeze through the Wikipedia entry to at least kind of have an idea of what’s going on. However, once I’m told something like that, I’ll do exactly the opposite, out of pride, arrogance, or simply just […]

Bookworm 2013: After Wartime

Book-wise, 2013 started off with a veritable bang. Despite Shepard’s reputation for being an absolutely brilliant, yet terribly underrated writer in the genre during the eighties, I must confess what really drew me to this book was the cover – if it weren’t so gorgeous I probably would have kept “Life During Wartime” on the […]

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: Aztecs in Space

With Captive Universe Harry Harrison proved that even when you squish together two awesome concepts you can still end up with a mediocre novel that aged like an avocado – suddenly and terribly. Exploring the generation ship trope, when I stumbled upon the synopsis it seemed like a surefire hit – interstellar Aztec colonists on […]

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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
    Pilgermann
    The Ophiuchi Hotline
    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
    Green Eyes
    Crackpot Palace: Stories
    Acceptance
    Echopraxia
    Jagannath
    The Fractal Prince
    The Fecund's Melancholy Daughter


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