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Steven Erikson – The Crippled God (2011) Review

9/10 After 1.5 years of reading and 3.3 million words, The Crippled God (2011) ends the Malazan Book of the Fallen. Erikson writes this finale in his own subversive, Eriksonian way, in which he uses the tropes of epic fantasy, … Continue reading

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Contingency and Convergence: Toward a Cosmic Biology of Body and Mind (2020), by Russell Powell

Behind the abstract title and the stuffy academic cover of this book lies a world of deep thought and wonder. Written by one person, Rachell Powell (formerly Russell as it still says on the cover), a book like this is … Continue reading

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William Gibson – Burning Chrome (1986) Review

9/10 This short story collection showcases William Gibson’s first work before he won all the awards with Neuromancer (1984). And from the very first start of his career he shows himself to be a tremendously talented writer.  Fellow SF writer … Continue reading

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Michael Moorcock – Elric of Melniboné: The Elric Saga, Vol. 1 (review)

Comprising: Elric of Melniboné (1972) The Fortress of the Pearl (1989) The Sailor on the Seas of Fate (1976) The Weird of the White Wolf (1977) 7.5/10  – A rather exhaustive, rambly review: Michael Moorcock’s Elric stories are recognised as … Continue reading

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Thomas Pynchon – The Crying of Lot 49 (1965) Review

DNF at 40%. I made some notes. This is my first Pynchon – but it is not Pynchon’s first Pynchon, that happens to be the novel V. (1963) but The Crying was his second. It is only 140 pages long … Continue reading

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Michael Swanwick – The Iron Dragon’s Mother (2019) Review

9/10 Swanwick produced us another sparkling, prickly novel. Finalist for the 2020 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel, but nobody read it. Professional acclaim from peer authors isn’t the problem for Swanwick and he has an impressive list of awards … Continue reading

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Philip K. Dick – Dr. Bloodmoney (1965) Review

7.5/10 Dr. Bloodmoney, Or How We Got Along After the Bomb is the full title of this novel. (Although the full title of my edition seems to be Dr Bloodmoney One of the Most Original Practitioners Writing Any Kind Of … Continue reading

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Steven Erikson – Dust of Dreams (2009) Review

7.5/10 I was so blown away by Toll the Hounds (2008) that it is hard to grasp that there is still more storytelling to follow. But Toll the Hounds was only the penultimate chapter of this giant tale. Yes yes, … Continue reading

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Robert Sheckley – Untouched by Human Hands (1954) Review

8/10 Robert Sheckley was one of the giants of science fiction in the 1950s and 60s and wrote about 400 short stories and a bunch of books, but nobody remembers him now. A shame, because his work is very entertaining … Continue reading

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William Gibson – Neuromancer (1984) review

8.5/10 William Gibson’s Neuromancer (1984) is nowadays known as the novel that started or invented cyberpunk. That’s only partially true. Gibson started using the word ‘cyberspace’ in Neuromancer, but the subgenre of cyberpunk has roots that go back much farther, … Continue reading

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