Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Name of the Wind

This, Patrick Rothfuss’ first novel, came highly recommended to me by a couple of friends.  General consensus seemed to be that here we had the next big thing in fantasy writers (certainly the encomiums on the back of the book … Continue reading

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Surface Detail

I read Iain M. Banks’ previous novel, Matter, some time ago, and remember enjoying it but being immensely disappointed in the conclusion, which ought to have been thrilling, but which was, instead, a void. An act of elision and sleight … Continue reading

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The Diamond Age

Bang! It’s another Neal Stephenson. This one’s a beautiful melange of cyber and steampunk. Steamberpunk. Cybeampunk. Umm… Anyway…In the not too too distant future, the nation state is dead and gone.  In its place we have ‘phyles’ – a new … Continue reading

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