Monthly Archives: August 2010

Ghosts of Manhattan – George Mann

I read one of George Mann’s previous novels The Affinity Bridge last year. It wasn’t particularly good, and I didn’t even find it a particularly entertaining novel. I didn’t pick it up expecting it to be a literary masterpiece, but … Continue reading

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The Blind Owl – Sadeq Hedayat

I can’t really claim any great knowledge of Iranian or Persian literature. After reading a book (this, if you’re interested) on Iranian history and culture my interest was piqued sufficiently to give some a go. Sadeq Hedayat  – who lived … Continue reading

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The Lathe of Heaven – Ursula Le Guin (SF Masterworks)

Ursula Le Guin’s 1971 novel, The Lathe of Heaven, is interesting in many ways. I do feel the need to confess that I’ve not actually read a great deal of Le Guin’s other work (The Dispossessed and The Left Hand … Continue reading

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Counting Heads – David Marusek

Not particularly up to date with this one (first published in 2005), but I’m about to read the more recent follow up Mind Over Ship and thought I’d pop my thoughts on the preceding novel here. Actually, as far as … Continue reading

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Red Plenty – Francis Spufford

Francis Spufford’s Red Plenty is superb. Spufford has produced a book which, combining real characters and events with some of the authors imaginings of what people may have thought or felt, attempts to describe and analyse the Soviet experiment at … Continue reading

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The Female Man – Joanna Russ (SF Masterworks)

As this is being republished later in the year in the SF Masterworks series, I thought that I’d review it just now. Make myself seem up to the minute, y’know? Although… “up to the minute” might be stretching it, given … Continue reading

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Terminal World – Alastair Reynolds

Not a particularly up-to-the-minute review (this was out in March and it’s been a good few months since I read it myself), but hey, there’s a paperback due out in April 2011 (at the time of writing and according to … Continue reading

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