Monthly Archives: June 2012

The Cold Commands

I read this, Richard K. Morgan’s follow-up to The Steel Remains, right after finishing  Before They Are Hanged.  Each is the middle book of a trilogy.  Of the two, I found The Cold Commands to be much the more compelling … Continue reading

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Before They Are Hanged

I’m not sure why, but I found myself much less dazzled by this, the follow up to Joe Abercrombie’s The Blade Itself, than I was by its predecessor.  I think it basically boils down to it being a second novel.  … Continue reading

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The Sparrow

The Sparrow, or, as I quickly came to refer to it, Jesuits in Space, is a very interesting science-fiction novel by Mary Doria Russell.  It won, amongst other prizes, the Arthur C. Clarke award and seems to have been quite … Continue reading

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A Discovery of Witches

Oh dear… This book was thrust on me by my bookclub.  I’d never heard of the author (Deborah Harkness) before, but the title (which seemed on the suspect side) and a little bit of blurb managed to set my spider-senses … Continue reading

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MiniPost! – Address Unknown

A minipost for a ministory.  Although Kressman Taylor’s Address Unknown appears by itself here in this edition by Souvenir Press, it’s very short, and more usually appears as part of a collection.  It’s an epistolary short story (calling it a … Continue reading

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