Posts Tagged ‘science fiction’

52 in 52, Week 1: John Scalzi’s Redshirts

In 52 in 52, Books on June 9, 2014 at 11:08 pm


As you might have read, my partner Alice and I are doing a “52 books in 52 weeks” challenge. I’m not sure I could have picked a more different opening book than Alice did. She went with Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children. Rather humbling in comparison to my initial offering. Read the rest of this entry »


What is my “reading future”?

In Books on September 25, 2011 at 2:35 pm

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In the face of my girlfriend’s impressive and diverse reading list (to say nothing of her “100 books in a year” mission”), I’m having serious self-doubt about what I’ve been choosing to read over the past few years. I have a PhD in English Literature, so I know the value of reading “classics”…but the “life is too short to read old, boring bullshit” part of me grows stronger every year. Read the rest of this entry »

Review: Philip Palmer’s Version 43

In Books on July 15, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Say what you will about Palmer's writing, but his cover design people are doing a nifty job!

I’m still trying to wrap my head around Philip Palmer’s Version 43. Normally, I consider that reaction a good thing – a challenge, of sorts. This time, I’m not so sure.

In a nutshell, this is a story about multiple incarnations, and life after death. The book is filled to the brim with robots, people and aliens who cheat the final rest, and through various means: technological, biological, psychic, or even cultural. But cheating death, in Version 43, comes with a price: insanity, detachment, psychosis, or genocidal rage. Come novel’s end, this will have profound effects on the reader’s experience. Read the rest of this entry »