Angelic Eye for the Gendered-Species Individual

23:14: belated booklog, February 2012


Joe Haldeman, The Forever War; Reread. Vietnam-era classic of military SF, in dialogue with Starship Troopers. Highly recommended, though some bits of the changing mores of human society as the soldiers pass through dilated time are quite weird.

Cory Doctorow, Makers; Novel about a couple of hacker/tinkerer types in the near future, the innovations technological and social they get involved with, and the people whose lives they change, largely from the POV of a tech journalist swept up in their enthusiasm. Lots of energy, intermittently cohesive, and Doctorow's fascination with Disney gets more play than might be ideal. Recommended.

John M. Ford, Growing Up Weightless; Reread. Teenagers on a Moon colony sneak out for a long train ride and RPG session, and an economic thriller about water and sustainability takes place in the background. Compelling characters, a lovely world, and beautifully written as one would expect; very highly recommended.

P.C. Hodgell, Honor's Paradox; Concluding part of the "Jaime Goes to Military School" story, with a reasonable amount of resolution, more of the same sort of complexity and entanglements the series has had so far, and not very discussable as a separate thing from To Ride a Rathorn and Bound in Blood; highly recommended but definitely do not start here.

Robert Charles Wilson, Spin, Axis; Rereads. Spin is a justifiably award-winning SF novel in which the Earth is separated from the wider universe by a mysterious membrane, impressive on both the big idea and characterisation fronts. Axis, the sequel, takes place on a significantly smaller scale, which made it less to my taste.

P.N. Elrod, Lady Crymsyn; Ninth volume of the Vampire Files, in which Prohibition-era vampire detective Jack Fleming has finally put together enough money to open a nightclub, only to find skeletal remains while renovating the building acquired for the purpose. Amiable return to familiar characters; recommended.

Ian Cameron Esslemont, Stonewielder; Third of Esslemont's novels set in the Malazan universe, taking characters from the previous volume and a couple from Steven Erikson's main sequence to another continent and another set of complex, dangerous, and not particularly explicable sorcerous manipulations, hazards and invasions. Reliably delivers what one might expect and recommended if you like that kind of thing.


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