This weekend I read The Intern's Handbook and Hostile Takeover by Shane Kuhn, and Glow by Ned Beauman. They made for a fun weekend, indoors, as I have been avoiding the heat wave outside. 96 degrees! Impossible. Shane Kuhn is in show business, apparently, which makes sense. The premise of the novels is a corporation … Continue reading Threefer
Book two of the Southern Reach Trilogy takes place outside of Area X, the creepy setting of Annihilation, in the bowels of Southern Reach itself, the government agency perched on the border of Area X, and tasked with researching the phenomenon at their doorstep. Unfortunately, bureaucracy in fiction is generally just as dull and frustrating … Continue reading Authority by Jeff VanderMeer
Just released in hardcover is Wesley Chu's newest, Time Salvager (Tor Books, July 2015), featuring a convicted criminal and addict for a hero, time travel, and human colonization of the outer planets of the Solar System. Chu's last book was The Lives of Tao, which I keep meaning to read, but I haven't quite excavated … Continue reading New Books New Books New Books
Many years ago, when I was merely an egg, I decided I would read all of HP Lovecraft. It was a rude chore. I enjoyed the first story or three--I must have, because they made me decide to read the rest--but I quickly wearied of his idiosyncratic, relentless style, and the undeniable fact that all … Continue reading Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
What day is it, again? I seem to have lost track. I was whizzing around the globe with LT Shelley and his unit. Things kept exploding, and I just, what is happening, OMG, did they really just...? Whee! And hey, look, book two, The Trials, is available on Kindle. Bye, y'all! ETA: A lie! A … Continue reading The Red: First Light by Linda Nagata
So, I'm rereading Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century, Vol. 1 - Learning Curve (1907-1948), because now that I own both books, I feel the need to refresh my memory before starting Volume 2. Second reads are always interesting. Sometimes, the suck fairy has paid a visit, but generally, I find that if … Continue reading WWHD?