Hugo novels

Jul. 1st, 2011 04:27 pm
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So I've worked my way through the novel shortlist, and I've a pretty good idea that I will be actually marking 'No Award' above one particular book. If it had been a physical volume, I'd have thrown 'Blackout' against the wall. After 150 pages, Willis still hadn't engaged me one way or the other.

All four of the other volumes are worth reading. I'm putting 'Feed' in fourth place, because I disliked the setting and I exceedingly disliked Grant doing one particular thing (and I can't even begin to discuss what she did without extreme spoilers). However, although it was at least 100 pages before I got over that initial dislike, the story did affect me emotionally and I will probably go buy the second book at some stage.

In third place goes Jemisin's 100,000 Kingdoms, which I enjoyed but found slightly less memorable than the rest.

Second place goes to Bujold's Cryoburn which is yet another Miles Vorkosigan story. However, it does posit interesting questions as to what would actually happen if cryogenic freezing of people became widespread. It does suffer slightly from the 'the whole world is the same' effect of the examined world, but it's allowable for all that. This takes place on a different planet because it needs that separation for it to work politically.

And first place goes to McDonald's The Dervish House, in which he takes on near-future Istanbul and brings a city to life so well that I now want to go there. It rightly received the BSFA award, and I'd consider it a worthy Hugo winner too. Oddly enough, I suspect that if it gets beaten, it'd be by Feed.

(And just how, please, did Mira Grant/Seanan McGuire get last year's Campbell for Best New Writer, yet already have 6 novels in print, and another 2 already ISBNed?)

Retromancer

Nov. 5th, 2010 09:38 am
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I finished reading Robert Rankin's latest pbb last night, and was amused at the Tuckerisation of [livejournal.com profile] lproven, but also by the presence of a young lady in a straw hat playing anachronistic music on steel drums.

I wonder who that might be based on.

The third connection is its use of Bletchley Park as a setting. Which reminds me: A few tickets left for tomorrow: Schneier and Diffie! And fireworks.

Retromancer

Nov. 5th, 2010 09:38 am
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I finished reading Robert Rankin's latest pbb last night, and was amused at the Tuckerisation of [livejournal.com profile] lproven, but also by the presence of a young lady in a straw hat playing anachronistic music on steel drums.

I wonder who that might be based on.

The third connection is its use of Bletchley Park as a setting. Which reminds me: A few tickets left for tomorrow: Schneier and Diffie! And fireworks.
bellinghman: (Gro)
Flora Thompson: Lark Rise to Candleford

Paperback: 528 pages
Publisher: Folio Socienty
ISBN-10: (The Folio Society doesn't do ISBNs)
Category(ies): Fiction, Social History

The review ) I will be rereading this. My sister Dorcas (not to be confused etc.) apparently does so every couple of years.
bellinghman: (Gro)
Flora Thompson: Lark Rise to Candleford

Paperback: 528 pages
Publisher: Folio Socienty
ISBN-10: (The Folio Society doesn't do ISBNs)
Category(ies): Fiction, Social History

The review ) I will be rereading this. My sister Dorcas (not to be confused etc.) apparently does so every couple of years.
bellinghman: (Gro)
Richard Morgan: The Steel Remains

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Gollancz (7 Aug 2008)
ISBN-10: 0575077921
ISBN-13: 978-0575077928
Category(ies): Fantasy

The review ) Recommended, if you're not squeamish.
bellinghman: (Gro)
Richard Morgan: The Steel Remains

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Gollancz (7 Aug 2008)
ISBN-10: 0575077921
ISBN-13: 978-0575077928
Category(ies): Fantasy

The review ) Recommended, if you're not squeamish.
bellinghman: (Gro)
Howard Tayler: Schlock Mercenary: The Teraport Wars

Softcover: 224 pages
Publisher: The Tayler Corporation (October 2008)
ISBN-13: 978-0977907410
Category(ies): SF/Humour/Comic

The review ) Now awaiting Book 5: Out From Under New Management.
bellinghman: (Gro)
Howard Tayler: Schlock Mercenary: The Teraport Wars

Softcover: 224 pages
Publisher: The Tayler Corporation (October 2008)
ISBN-13: 978-0977907410
Category(ies): SF/Humour/Comic

The review ) Now awaiting Book 5: Out From Under New Management.
bellinghman: (Gro)
Vernor Vinge: The Collected Stories of Vernor Vinge

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Saint Martin's Press Inc.; 1st Orb Trade Pbk. Ed edition (30 Aug 2002)
ISBN-10: 0312875843
ISBN-13: 978-0312875848
Category(ies): SF

The review ) Recommended.
bellinghman: (Gro)
Vernor Vinge: The Collected Stories of Vernor Vinge

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Saint Martin's Press Inc.; 1st Orb Trade Pbk. Ed edition (30 Aug 2002)
ISBN-10: 0312875843
ISBN-13: 978-0312875848
Category(ies): SF

The review ) Recommended.
bellinghman: (Gro)
Many Happy Returns to [livejournal.com profile] slovobooks. Have a great day.

Next year in Northampton?
bellinghman: (Gro)
Many Happy Returns to [livejournal.com profile] slovobooks. Have a great day.

Next year in Northampton?
bellinghman: (Gro)
Robert Rankin: The Da-Da-De-Da-Da Code

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Gollancz (10 Jul 2008)
ISBN-10: 0575082275
ISBN-13: 978-0575082274
Category(ies): Humorous SF

The review ) If you like Rankin, you probably already have this.
bellinghman: (Gro)
Robert Rankin: The Da-Da-De-Da-Da Code

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Gollancz (10 Jul 2008)
ISBN-10: 0575082275
ISBN-13: 978-0575082274
Category(ies): Humorous SF

The review ) If you like Rankin, you probably already have this.
bellinghman: (Gro)
Toby Frost: God Emperor of Didcot

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Myrmidon Books Ltd (2 Sep 2008)
ISBN-10: 1905802242
ISBN-13: 978-1905802241
Category(ies): Humorous SF

The review ) pleasant enough, and rarely makes me wince.
bellinghman: (Gro)
Toby Frost: God Emperor of Didcot

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Myrmidon Books Ltd (2 Sep 2008)
ISBN-10: 1905802242
ISBN-13: 978-1905802241
Category(ies): Humorous SF

The review ) pleasant enough, and rarely makes me wince.
bellinghman: (Gro)
Gardner Dozois (Ed): The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 21

Paperback: 768 pages
Publisher: Robinson Publishing (11 Sep 2008)
Language English
ISBN-10: 1845298284
ISBN-13: 978-1845298289
Category(ies): SF

Review forthcoming in Vector. Short summary - high quality, and a lot of content.
bellinghman: (Gro)
Gardner Dozois (Ed): The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 21

Paperback: 768 pages
Publisher: Robinson Publishing (11 Sep 2008)
Language English
ISBN-10: 1845298284
ISBN-13: 978-1845298289
Category(ies): SF

Review forthcoming in Vector. Short summary - high quality, and a lot of content.
bellinghman: (Gro)
Toby Frost: Space Captain Smith

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Myrmidon Books Ltd (6 May 2008)
ISBN-10: 1905802137
ISBN-13: 978-1905802135
Category(ies): Humorous SF

The review ) A promising debut. I bought the sequel.

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