Author Archives: thewaxenpith

A Diamond Age Lexicon

I recently reread The Diamond Age (here is a link to a post on my previous reading). First: I really really like that novel. Second: I was struck by the particular delight in words that Stephenson takes here.  He always … Continue reading

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Catching Up 1: Comics

My last post, until recently, was published on 15 Nov 2014. This was, not coincidentally, just before the birth of my first child.  Reading has continued over the last 14 months, but writing about reading took a back seat (in … Continue reading

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Cyteen

So, it’s about a teenage cyborg, right?…   Unbelievably, this is not the case.  Instead, Cyteen (by CJ Cherryh) is about a few individuals at the heart of a community of exceptional scientists (located on the eponymous planet). Foremost amongst these … Continue reading

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This Magnificent Desolation

Thomas O’Malley is an Irish writer living and working in America.  It’s hard to say how much my perception of his writing is coloured by his name and Irishness, but the book, it has to be said, does seem to … Continue reading

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The Furies of Calderon

I read Jim Butcher’s first Dresden Files novel, Stormfront, some time ago.  It wasn’t to my taste.  It was urban fantasy cum hard-boiled detective story, but didn’t have the mythological power of the best urban fantasy.  Nor, to my mind, … Continue reading

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Shards of Honour

…or, if you like, Shards of Honor, is the first novel published in the Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold.  I’d come across her name several times on the Science Fiction Mistressworks blog, and seen that she’s won a Hugo … Continue reading

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A Madness of Angels

When someone in my book group mooted Kate Griffin’s A Madness of Angels, my immediate reaction was skepticism. “Didn’t we already read something by her?” I thought, “and wasn’t it terrible?”. It turned out that, no, what we’d read was … Continue reading

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