Monthly Archives: October 2010

Feersum Endjinn, Iain M. Banks (Orbit)

Feersome Endjinn is a wholly enjoyable book, but may not be for everyone. It is a wonderfully imagined and brilliantly written book is occasionally difficult to read. This is not only due to the complex multi-perspective post-post-modern form that the book takes, but also because part of the book is written in a quasi-phonetic form that approximates a working class British accent (e.g. the title of the book might have been spelled Fearsome Engine). As one reads on, however, what began as a headache becomes one of the best elements of the book. I highly recommend Feersum Endjinn to anyone who is looking for a intellectual teaser wrapped inside a good solid adventure. Continue reading

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Carlucci, Richard Paul Russo (ACE Books, 2003)

Carlucci is a collection of three intertwined cyberpunk detective stories that manage to blend all aspects of both genres beautifully. I highly recommend this novel if you enjoy either cyberpunk or gum-shoe detective stories. I’d also consider it worth your while if you like any form of either Science Fiction or Mystery.

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Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer (Disney-Hyperion, 2001) (Audioversion: Listening Library, 2004) Narrated by Nathaniel Parker.

Artemis Fowl is a solid piece of mid-grade comic crime fiction placed in a modern fantasy setting. The protagonist is twelve year old criminal genius who begins his crime spree by taking on an elite division of the fairy police force: the LEP Recon. Sound like a ridiculous premise, even for a mid-grade reader? It is, and that is part of the fun… Continue reading

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Changing Planes, Ursula K. Le Guin (Harcourt, 2003/Audible Audio Edition) Narrator – Gabrielle De Cuir

Changing Planes is a delightful collection of vignettes by Ursula K. Le Guin bound tightly together by the premise of a travel book for those who want to visit alternate planes of reality. These alternate planes can be readily reached by anyone who is waiting in an airport lounge between flights. It is delightful, funny and thought provoking and I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys any kind of literature.

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