Category Archives: fiction

Margo Lanagan, The Brides of Rollrock Island (2012)

I have always been fascinated by the origin stories of evil sorceresses – what were they like when they were young? Is there perhaps a traumatic event that, while it does not justify their villainous behavior, may go some way … Continue reading

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Ken McLeod, The Restoration Game (2011)

This book was sold to me as a techno-econ thriller about the nature of virtual reality, and I think that’s a pretty accurate summation. It sounds like a fascinating concoction of things relevant to my interests – which, again, it … Continue reading

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Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel (2010)

Sometimes I remember that Cassie Clare exists and that she can be relied upon to turn out reams of entertaining fluff. The book is on loan from my fifteen-year-old sister, who is a huge fan – she owns the “Mortal … Continue reading

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Eva Ibbotson, A Song for Summer (1997)

Well, this is it, I’ve finished Eva Ibbotson’s YA ouvre. Eva Ibbotson writes romance novels set in the early twentieth century, and they are invariably heartwarming, brimming with sensational goings-on and dramatic reversals. My god, I make it sound like … Continue reading

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Peter Hamilton, Great North Road (2012)

It’s a space opera. With clonesssssss. Which starts off as a police procedural? I liked that part actually. It got me invested in the story a lot sooner than this 900-page doorstopper had any right to expect. Here’s this middle-aged … Continue reading

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Connie Willis, Doomsday Book (1992)

I’m coming to Connie Willis from Blackout (2010) and All Clear (2011), the duology everybody agrees does not constitute her best work. That one was about time-traveling historians stranded in London during the Blitz. This one is about a time-traveling … Continue reading

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Mira Grant, Feed (2010), Deadline (2011) and Blackout (2012)

“Newsflesh” is a trilogy about a pair of bloggers and a zombie apocalypse. The zombie apocalypse happened 20+ years ago, and the human race has more or less survived. By “more or less” I mean that the Indian subcontinent is … Continue reading

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