Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, April 2006
Attention conservation notice: I have no taste.
- Naomi Novik, His
- Mind candy. Read on the recommendation of Henry Farrell, who, while
accurately describing the Hornblower-meets-Pern setting as sounding
exquisitely repulsive, said it was actually a lot of fun: which it is.
(Cf. Cheryl Morgan's
in Emerald City.) Annoyingly,
the first book in a trilogy; less annoingly, the sequels are coming out this
summer. — Sequels: 2, 3, 4
- Adam Gopnik, Paris
to the Moon
- Cute to charming (though, really, there is such a thing as being
too concerned with food). Fulfills any desire I might have to actually live in
- Jane Haddam, Hardscrabble
- Mind candy. Mystery novel about a right-wing talk radio idiot caught with
an addiction to prescription painkillers --- but who is not Rush
Limbaugh, if only because there's obviously a large admixture of Bill O'Reilly.
(Similarly, "Jig" Taylor seems to be a cross between Linus Pauling and Noam
Chomsky.) As always with Haddam, the delight is in the characters and the
dialogue; she should do more with politics.
- Karin Slaughter, Faithless
- I did not need to stay up all night with this before lecturing
transitivity. But, well, read that first page...
the World: A Scientific Romance
- This is a lot of fun — as MacLeod always is: a human genration
starship makes first contact with the first known alien intelligence, a species
of bat-winged humanoids who are in the throes of their own industrial
revolution. Complications ensure. About half of the book is told from the
contactee's perspective, and that reads like an old-fashioned golden-age-of-SF
story, or even (cf. subtitle) something out of Wells. (For that matter,
compare MacLeod's aliens to the moon-bats of
the Great Moon Hoax of
1835.) And the other half of the book, largely from the
perspective of a teenage girl aboard the starship ("Learning the World" being
the name of her blog) seems like some kind of friendly settling-of-accounts
with Heinlein, perhaps by way of Alexei
of Passage... But it's all, unmistakbly and gloriously, MacLeod.
- Phil Rickman, The
Smile of a Ghost
- Another novel in the Merrily Watkins series, which, amazingly, shows no
sign of fading... Also, for once the rational explanation is entirely
satisfying, given that one of the characters is very deeply twisted (which is
abundantly established in the book), yet not completely unsympathetic.
Books to Read While the
Algae Grow in Your Fur;
Pleasures of Detection, Portraits of Crime;
Scientifiction and Fantastica
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