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Ninefox Gambit, by Yoon Ha Lee

Posted in Books, Reviews with tags , on March 20, 2017 by davidnm2009

I’m currently reading Ninefox Gambit, by Yoon Ha Lee.

I can’t spoil the ending, as I haven’t got there yet. But here are some thoughts…

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Slow Bullets, by Alistair Reynolds

Posted in Books, Reviews, SF with tags , , on February 20, 2017 by davidnm2009

This is a fairly short, and rather enigmatic, work. It’s as much horror story as it is science fiction.

A few thoughts under the cut…

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Foundation and Earth, by Isaac Asimov

Posted in Books, Reviews, Uncategorized with tags , on June 5, 2016 by davidnm2009

In this review, I’m going to admit to a controversial opinion. You see, unlike a lot of the fandom, I actually like some bits of this book. In many respect, F&E is a frustrating work. It has glimmerings of a genuine epic. It could have been so much more.

Instead, we got what happens at the end. To be honest, the whole book is a bit like Asimov’s version of Mass Effect 3: the potential is there, and bits of it even shine through here and there, but the end result falls flat.

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Lagoon, by Nnedi Okorafor

Posted in Books, Reviews with tags , , on November 27, 2015 by davidnm2009

Let’s face it, Africa is a topic that a lot of SF writers really don’t handle too well – particularly those of a Slushy Puppy inclination. So this is one of the reasons why Lagoon is such a welcome breath of fresh air.

Lagoon is a novel of alien contact, taking place against the backdrop provided by the city of Lagos, Nigeria. But it’s much more than that. It’s also a novel about contemporary Africa, and the challenges and choices faced by the people who live there.

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Gleam, by Tom Fletcher

Posted in Books, Reviews, Uncategorized with tags , , , on November 17, 2015 by davidnm2009

I have a soft spot for post-industrial urban wastelands. It’s why I enjoy roaming the Capital Wasteland in Fallout 3, or why some of my favourite bits of the Mass Effect series are the ones on Tuchanka. It’s also why I found Lud to be the most vivid and immediate of the places visited in the Dark Tower saga. I also like ontological mysteries – you know, those sorts of stories where you either wake up somewhere strange or where you have a bizarre world whose origin and nature are a puzzle.

So it’s no wonder that this book caught my eye.

The titular Gleam is a vast, half-ruined urban wasteland, emerging from a swamp. It’s located somewhere else – the night sky isn’t ours, containing two moons and a globular cluster-like formation referred to as ‘the Battle’. Whether that somewhere else is another planet or another universe entirely is unclear. However the inhabitants of Gleam are (mostly) human. The elite of Gleam live within a structure called the Pyramid, which is located right at the centre of the wasteland. The surrounding area is known as the Discard. Life in the Pyramid is secure, but regimented to the extreme. Life in the Discard is freer, but dangerous.

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Extinction Game, by Gary Gibson

Posted in Books, Reviews, SF with tags , on November 17, 2015 by davidnm2009

This book surprised me. I’d read Gibson’s Shoal trilogy, and vaguely enjoyed them, but hadn’t been hugely struck on them.

Extinction Game, however, was a book that instantly got under my skin.

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My Real Children, by Jo Walton

Posted in Reviews with tags , on November 10, 2015 by davidnm2009

“Now or Never?”

If you care for a book recommendation, may I suggest “My Real Children” by Jo Walton?
In particular this one might be of interest to Mass Effect and Dragon Age fans – I say that on account of its key theme of choices with wide moral and social implications.

More thoughts under the cut.

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