November 30, 2013

Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, November 2013

Attention conservation notice: I have no taste.

Ken MacLeod, The Restoration Game
Science fiction? A spy story about the continuity of empire, capitalist and Communist? A meditation on recurring historical patterns and the dream of mastering them? A contemporary story about how hard it is for a female Scottish game-designer to find a decent boyfriend? Somehow it's all of the above, and glorious. (I think only Comrade MacLeod could embed a historical dialectic of class struggle into an epic fantasy and make it work.)
Joe Hill, NOS4A2
Mind candy: in which an alcoholic artist from New England and Colorado attempts to rescue her innocent child from the transdimensional horror that is Christmasland. It reads like a good (i.e., edited) Stephen King novel, which I gather is not altogether a coincidence.
Zoe Sharp, Killer Instinct
Mind candy: crime thriller on the mean streets of Lancaster, with an emphasis on detailed fight scenes. I saw two plot twists coming, but not a third. I'll definitely look up sequels.
Caitlin R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl
Mind candy: horror novel in which a mentally ill painter becomes haunted by an encounter with a woman who may or may not have been a sort of mermaid, or a sort of werewolf, or just a reflection of the narrator not being very good about taking her meds. Very little actually happens, and it's still remarkably creepy.

Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur; Scientifiction and Fantastica; Pleasures of Detection, Portraits of Crime

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