Recent, current and near future reading
Posted by That Other Mike on 10/01/2008
AKA, Watch Me Being Literary. With linkage for full benefit. A lot of scifi and fantasy lately, for some reason.
Revelation Space, by Alastair Reynolds. Hard scifi; watch as it flexes its intellectual muscles. Grrr!
Winterbirth, by Brian Ruckley. A good old-fashioned sword-swinging dark fantasy romp. Slightly uneven in patches, and it could go a little better with the pace, but it’s still definitely worth a go.
The Edible Woman, by Margaret Atwood. Her first novel, which established her as a writer to keep reading. Sharp, witty and exploratory, it displays confidence but not as much comfort with writing as her later works, and is even more desirable a read because of that. Any flaws, I can forgive, because, well, it’s Margaret Atwood, damn it!
The Stone Gods, by Jeannette Winterson. Good so far; I’ve only just started it. It seems to be intelligent and meaningful in the way that all scifi/specfi tries to be but which so few manage to attain.
Spirit Gate, by Kate Elliott. Nearly finished this one. It’s good, with interesting characters and fantastic elements which are truly original, but, like some of her other stuff, it could be a little shorter. Nevertheless, an enjoyable read for all of that.
The Night of The Triffids, by Simon Clark. A sequel to John Wyndham’s Day of The Triffids.
This Sweet Sickness, by Patricia Highsmith. Because I adore Highsmith. She describes creeping insanity, frailty, doubt, paranoia, insane passion and moral turpitude without peer. She was cranky, misanthropic and doubtless cracked in the head, but she was touched by genius, and I will always be a Highsmith-ite.
Plus some others, probably.