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  • Thin Air

    Thin Air was Richard K Morgan’s return to science fiction, after his fantasy Land Fit For Heroes series, which I could never get into. It’s another scifi noir (see also: Altered Carbon) but without people about to upload their consciousness into USB sticks, and set on Mars.

  • The Light Brigade

    I found The Light Birgade on my Kindle the other week, but couldn’t for the life of me remember buying this book. Eager for a break from Space Marines, I picked this up… Only to find it was more Space Marines, just this time Heinlein style starship troopers instead of Games Workshop licensees.

  • Dogs Of War

    My wife bought me Dogs Of War, a book by Adrian Tchaikovsky, for Christmas. It’s about Bioforms, cybernetically enhanced animal solders, who start the book unwittingly committing atrocities for their masters, and gradually gaining awareness and then some sense of freedom as the book goes on. So a bit like Flowers For Algernon crossed with […]

  • The Last Jedi

    Tonight we gave the kids to our babysitter and went to the cinema to see The Last Jedi, the sixth-no-seventh-no-eighth episode in the Star Wars series.

  • Artemis

    For my birthday, my wife gave me a very nice pair of shorts, which should last me a long time, and a copy of Andy Weir’s second novel, Artemis, which I read over the course of two days and hence hasn’t lasted me very long. So on average, well, averages turn out to be an […]

  • Visible Misery

    I’m going to begin with a massive generalisation which oversimplifies things far too much, but does at least save time, and we’re all busy, right? Here goes: Americans love visible misery, whereas British people are the exact opposite. Examples of this: the old joke about a Brit who goes to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting on […]

  • Caliban’s War

    Unable to sleep between 2 and 4 this morning, I finished reading Caliban’s War, the second novel in The Expanse series. So now I’m one third of the way through.  Structurally it’s a little inferior to its predecessor. Perhaps it’s the Game of Thrones influence that made the writers think people love nothing more than […]

  • Leviathan Wakes

    My wife and I have just finished reading Leviathan Wakes, a sci find space opera welded to a pulp boot, written by a couple of George R R Martin’s assistants. It took us each about three days to read it from beginning to end: an oddly compulsive few days of late nights.

  • Diamond Dogs

    I can’t remember quite why I was recommended to read Diamond Dogs, but I think it was somewhere on Charles Stross’ blog, and I bookmarked it and then didn’t get round to downloading it until I was on my way to Bangkok last week. It’s one of two stories (the other, Turquoise Days, I find […]

  • Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits

    Last night I finished reading Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits, a novel by a Buzzfeed writer that would have been a lot more enjoyable if it had been just the first chapter. There’s some interesting ideas in there and some wilfully amusing abuses of science, but pretty quickly the plot degenerates into this-happened-and-then-this-happened-and-then-this-happened, as though […]