Monthly Archives: March 2011

Consider Phlebas, Iain M. Banks (Orbit, 1987)

Consider Phlebas is one of the best Science Fiction books I have read. It launched Iain M. Banks’ Culture world/series and demonstrates that good Science Fiction can stand up to any other form of literature.

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Airborn: Matt Cruise Series – Book 1, Kenneth Oppel, Thorndike Press (2006)

Set in a steampunk world of airships and adventure, Airborn is an exciting romp through an Early-to-Mid 20th Century world that never was. A simple, fun adventure of exploration and pirates set aboard a dirigible skyliner, this was a great read, particularly for the YA audience. This is the second review I’ve given of this text: the first was of the audiobook, which sucked. Continue reading

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The Dark Door, Kate Wilhelm (St. Martin’s Press, 1988) {Blackstone Audiobooks 2006; Narrator: Anna Fields}

The Dark Door by Kate Wilhelm is part Science Fiction, part Horror and part Mystery. It is an immediately engaging book with excellent characters and an easy writing style that makes it a joy to read or listen to. Continue reading

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Arthur and the Invisibles, Luc Besson (Harpur Collins, 2006){HarpurAudio,2006; Narrator: Jim Dale}

Arthur and the Invisibles is a reasonable mid-grade reader by French Director Luc Besson that was tied into the children’s films of the same name. It is a good enough story with excellent visual descriptions that mirror Besson’s vivid cinematography. The story, however, is not terribly original, in some places seems to underestimate the intelligence of young readers, and has an air of Western European superiority clinging to it that seems out of place in the world of modern storytelling. Continue reading

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The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury, 2006)

The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories is collection of original short stories that, for the most part, make a wonderful read. One-part companion piece to Clarkes award winning Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, and one part wholly original fiction, the tales in this collection are focused on a classic 18th and 19th Century model of fairies. I found this book refreshing and new, while still managing to capture the authentic feel of fairy stories with all their dark and sinister subplots. Continue reading

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