Books Read in January 2007

Books Read in January 2007

Neal Asher – Brass Man

Brass Man
Neal Asher

On the primitive Out-Polity world of Cull, a latter-day knight errant called Anderson is hunting a dragon.  He little knows that another man, more technology than human flesh, has resurrected a brass killing machine to assist in a similar hun.  When agent Cormac realises that this old enemy still lives, he sets out in pursuit aboard the attack ship Jack Ketch.

This is a continuation of the story of Mr Crane, a psychotic killing machine, the story of his redemption.  Continues the story started in Gridlinked and is set in the Polity universe.

7 out of 10 – not the best, certainly not a good introduction to his writing.  But satisfying.

Elizabeth Haydon – Rhapsody

Huge and complex… a narrative that grips throughout,  Distinguished by superior wit and intelligence, this opens what looks to be an outstanding saga.  This is one of the finest high fantasy debuts in years  Publishers Weekly

I have all the complete set and, having read the first one, am not sure I want to read the rest.  It's not that they are bad, just slightly hackneyed.  The characters are a little two-dimensional, and the story is not engaging, particularly.  But I shall probably read them all – maybe on a beach.  That would be their level of read, I suspect – where you can put down, pick up, read with a few wines inside you and still manage to follow the story.

4 out of 10 – don’t bother with these.

John Scalzi – Old Man's War

Old Man's War
John Scalzi

John Parry did two things on his 75th birthday.  First he visited his wife's grave.  Then he joined the army.  The good news is humanity finally made in into interstellar space.  The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce – and alien races willing to fight us for them are common.  So, we fight.  To defend Earth, and to stake our claim to planetary real estate.  Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades.  Now john is going to join it.

One of my first Book Token buys.  Excellent.  Resembles Heinlein in scope and subject matter, but is modern and well written.  There is a second book due, and I shall buy it.  Space opera, war and how to make 75 year-olds fit to fight.  Well worth a read.

9 out of 10 – a must if you like space opera; try if you want to see what other people see in it.

Light on Snow – Anita Shreve

Light on Snow
Anita Shreve

Walking through new-fallen snow in the forest near their home, 12 year old Nicky and her father come upon something inconceivable: there, in the pristine winter scene, an abandoned infant wails, its survival made possible only by the coincidence of their having chosen this path for their evening stroll.

Another Book Token buy.  Captivating story.  This is the first Anita Shreve I have read, so I don't know how she normally writes, but this book manages to be both slight and heavy.

8 out of 10 – Shall be giving Anita more of a try.

Justina Robson – Keeping it Real
Quantum Gravity Book One

Keeping It Real
Justina Robson

Lila Black: half robot, all attitude.  .  The Quantum Bomb of 2015 changed everything.  The fabric between the dimension was torn and now, six years later, the people of earth live alongside the inhabitants of, amongst other, the elven, elemental and demonic realms.  Magic is real and more dangerous than technology.  Elves are alien, erotic and very dangerous, elementals are a law unto themselves and demons are best left to themselves. 

Excellent – anyone who liked Buffy or the books of Kelly Armstrong will enjoy this. 

9 out of 10 – different and tantalising fantasy.  Again, will be checking out the others – I know of at least two in print right now.  Glad I managed, twice, to get the first book in the series for a change!

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One Response to Books Read in January 2007

  1. M says:

    I enjoyed Shreve's novel, Sea Glass. But I don't like all her novels, so I don't automatically pick her books up. I'll have to try this one. Thanks.

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