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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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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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Microserfs

1993. Gameboys, Pentiums, Nerf guns, The Simpsons. …and of course very many other things too.  Encountering these things, which have only relatively recently lost their battle with contemporaneity but which are simultaneously as dated as sepia photographs, is a large … Continue reading

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The Blade Itself

…incites to violence. Or so says Homer, and Joe Abercombie seems to think he might be on to something.  The Blade Itself is Abercombie’s first novel, and the first volume in a series of three (The First Law Trilogy). When … Continue reading

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The Year of Our War

There are a bewildering quantity of books to borrow from even the smallest library, so I (along with most people, I suppose) tend to choose which book to borrow based on recommendations and having heard of the author.  Sometimes, I … Continue reading

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The Steel Remains

I had not heard of the book, or the author (Richard Morgan), before it was chosen by my book club.  Knowing nothing of it, I tried to keep it that way as long as possible.  I didn’t read the back … Continue reading

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Sundiver

David Brin is a venerable writer of sci-fi, most famous for his uplift series.  This novel, the first of this series, was entirely absent from my radar until it was designated as the latest book to be read in the … Continue reading

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