Embassytown, by China Miéville

I am in awe of China Miéville’s world-building talents. His SF presents concepts and ideas that are thought-provoking, engaging, and just plain impressive (in the “I wish I could have come up with this” category). However, I wish he would put as much effort and ingenuity into his story and character motivations. More on that […]

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What’s the current state of the SF/F genre?

What’s the current state of the SF/F genre? Where’s it going? My answer: nobody knows. However, I hope to get some insight into this next week at Renovation, the 2011 World Science Fiction Convention. Lately, I’ve been feeling my genre “presents” like a case of Multiple Personality Disorder (to use House diagnosis-speak). The publishers appear […]

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Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson

I’ve had a few people recommend this book to me over the years. Then, after my husband read Anathem, by Neal Stephenson, I figured I should read something by this giant of SF. But, after I’ve finished, all I can say is, “Meh.” That’s it. Everything averaged out to… average. Any opinions?Illuminating (0)Interesting (3)Useful (2)Ho-Hum (2)

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Deliverer, by C. J. Cherryh

This is the final book of the third series of C. J. Cherryh’s "Foreigner" saga (see my entry on Pretender, the second book). I’ve already talked about Ms. Cherryh’s wonderful ability to create mindsets, as told through the human ambassador Bren Cameron, called the paidhi by the atevi. Bren Cameron, the latest paidhi, has helped […]

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Pretender, by C. J. Cherryh

C. J. Cherryh has done three series of three books on the "Foreigner" series, so perhaps it follows that three is considered a felicitous number by her seven-to-eight-foot-tall aliens, called the atevi. I’ve always been in awe of Ms. Cherryh’s ability to create alien mindsets and the atevi are a wonderful creation. They are so […]

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