Warning, this review contains mild spoilers for the early parts of this book. Do you ever start reading a book and get the feeling that the author showed their hand too early? I was feeling that way when I started Kameron Hurley’s The Light Brigade. I had just gotten to the end of chapter two when I put the book down and thought. “Right, I think I know where we’re heading here. Hurley’s pulling a Paul Verhoeven on me. This book is going to be […]
Do you like spiders? I like spiders. I don’t believe spiders deserve the bad rap they get. Some spiders are easier to share space with than others – like the seven-legged, fly-scoffing huntsman that seem to reside in every Australian household. They are good spiders. These seven-legged huntsmen are often called Fred. Another generation, another Fred. Do you know who else likes spiders? Adrian Tchaikovsky likes spiders. He loves them so much that he made them the protagonists of his very original evolution-based novel, […]
Do you know hat time of the year it is? Yes, the Hugo nominees are out! And I’ve signed myself up again to read as many of them as possible. Going down the Best Novel list, I have already read Gideon the Ninth – which I reviewed here – and I loved the hell out of it. But now voting is going to be a bit complicated because A Memory Called Empire is another excellent, if tonally different, addition to the shortlist. And I’ll […]
It’s not that Research isn’t aware of the ethical implications of its line of inquiry. It’s just that they really don’t care.
A Canticle for Leibowitz is divided into three short novellas, the first tells of a bumbling but gentle hearted monk, who during lent pilgrimage into the desert discovers a fall out bunker. This particular bunker seems to have been the final resting place of a Jewish scientist, dead these past 600 years, who sacrificed his life to protecting books and knowledge from ignorant hordes intent on burning them in a period aptly dubbed the “simplification”. The artifacts found in the bunker allow the monastery the […]
It seems like once a year I find a book that I can’t put down because I want to know how it ends, and the minute I finish, I try to find a friend who needs to immediately read this too. This is harder to do with people who read e-books, but you know what I mean. My 2015 edition of that book is Andy Weir’s The Martian. That this book is excellent will come as no surprise to virtually anyone, given it was published […]