Angelic Eye for the Gendered-Species Individual

08:48: ever-more-belated booklog

John Barnes, Finity; Reread. Thriller with odd alternate timeline stuff. Mostly unmemorable save for some gratuitous nasty bits. Not recommended.

Jon Evans, Beasts of New York; Heroic young squirrel from a Central Park colony goes on far-ranging adventures to find ways of dealing with looming evil empire. A superior talking-animals book with an effectively grim tone. Recommended.

C.J. Cherryh, Wave Without a Shore; Another odd early Cherryh, this one dealing with aliens that are socially(?) invisible on the planet they share with humans. Recommended.

Elizabeth Hand, Pandora's Bride; By the packaging, one of a series of novels riffing on characters from the Universal Studios monster movies of the 1930s; this one follows the first-person POV continuing adventures of the Bride of Frankenstein in a Kim Newman-esque Berlin. Recommended, in an entertainingly light sort of way.

Michelle Marquardt, Blue Silence; What starts off as interesting SF about space stations at the Lagrange point between Earth and the Moon, where events are disrupted by the return of a starship thought lost, carrying strange humanoids, turns out to be more interested in resolving its political and personal-scale plot than resolving its world-building, which makes it less to my taste.

Ben Aaronovitch, Midnight Riot, Moon Over Soho; Entertaining urban fantasy in which PC Peter Grant, after meeting a ghost during a murder investigation, is assigned to the staff of the only remaining wizard on the Met's payroll. A very nice fantastic London with an engaging and precisely-observed voice. Highly recommended, and thanks to mrissa for the recommendation.

Robert Heinlein, Starship Troopers; Reread. Not sure there's much more to say about this, beyond that I still do not like it and want a "post follow-up" key at the end of many pages.

Steven Erikson, Toll the Hounds; Reread. Book eight of the Malazan Book of the Fallen; huge and lumbering (even the ox has a POV) with one of the best climactic endings of the series so far, but even by Erikson standards, slow to get there.


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