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The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster – Review
Published on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 by This book is not my typical genre, it was recommended/requested by one of the members of my book talk. It is a series of detective stories. It feels like the old detective movies and pulp fiction, especially the second story, which uses last names like Blue, White, and Black. The first story, "City of Glass", is about a man named Daniel Quinn. He is a writer th...
Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
Published on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 by Review by Harpy Convair I wasn't going to write a review for Perdido Street Station by China Mieville, because of how busy life has been due to the start of the school year, and reading the next book for our book talk group. In the end, I couldn't resist. This book is wonderful. It falls into the science fiction genre, under the sub-genre of steampunk...
Neuromancer by William Gibson – Review
Published on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 by Review by Harpy Convair Neuromancer was written in 1984 by William Gibson, his first novel and the beginning of the Sprawl trilogy. His prior projects were short stories, including one co-authored with Bruce Sterling. It is known as the most famous early cyberpunk novel and for winning the three top sci-fi awards. The hero of the piece is Henry Case,...
Monster Nation by David Wellington – Review
Published on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 by Reviewed by Harpy Convair I just finished reading Monster Island by David Wellington. It is the first novel in a trilogy, originally written on the internet. The book is a bit scattered, jumping back and forth between characters, which takes a bit of getting used to. I think that it was easier to follow online, as each entry dealt with a single character. T...
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman – Review
Published on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 by A Discovery Channel programme, “Life After People,” that I watched a few weeks ago, posited the theory of what would become of our main cities and works of civilisation if humankind was to literally disappear overnight. Computer generated animation showed the progressive fall of our subways, streets, buildings, bridges and monuments over days, weeks, year...
The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks – Review
Published on Monday, January 11, 2010 by Review of The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks Reviewer : Harpy Convair I started reading Max Brooks earlier this year, with his second work, World War Z, his history of the worldwide zombie outbreak which almost caused the extinction of the human race. I found the survivors' accounts gripping. The most gripping part for me was the story of a girl that ...
Review of Huckleberry Hax’s Novel – AFK
Published on Monday, January 11, 2010 by by Zoe Parness I defy anyone who loves Second Life® not to enjoy this novel. The truly great novels all have a strong sense of place. So much of the pleasure of reading this work came from the feeling of being immersed in Second Life®. It unashamedly describes the whole experience. The ‘physical’ reality, the impact of the quirks of the technology, t...
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson – Review
Published on Monday, January 11, 2010 by Reviewed by Harpy Convair This is my second read through of Snow Crash, this year. This time I chose to listen to the audio book, due to my very busy schedule. It was read by Jonathan Davis, who did an excellent job. Expressive tones, unique voices for all the characters (even Y.T.), etc. I originally read this on a recommendation of a friend, and shortly after...
The Road by Cormac McCarthy – Review
Published on Monday, January 11, 2010 by Review Written By Harpy Convair Wow, all I can say is WOW! I actually finished this book over a week ago, but I had to take a step back from it. This was one of the most raw and intense stories I have ever read. It's the story of a father and son after a horrible worldwide disaster. We never learn exactly what it was, but the description of the day suggests a n...
The Nymphos of Rocky Flats by Mario Acevedo – Review
Published on Monday, January 11, 2010 by Review by Harpy Convair Nymphos is an unusual read for me, though it's technically horror. The author, Mario Acevedo, was at my first book talk in Second Life® and suggested his book. I figured, why not? Trying new authors can be an adventure, and it fits in well with the theme of the group. Plus, part of the mission of The Guild of UK Writers is to promote ...
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