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A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin – Review
Published on Monday, January 11, 2010 by Review Written by Harpy Convair This is probably one of my favorite fantasy works of all time. Martin masterfully handles multiple story lines and points-of-view. This story is an epic fantasy, yet the magical elements very much take a backseat to the characters and the plot. In fact, Martin's style gives it the feel of historical fiction rather than fantasy. M...
Hardwired by Walter Jon Williams – Review
Published on Monday, January 11, 2010 by Review Written by Harpy Convair Welcome to Hardwired, Walter Jon Williams' world of super corporations, hard-wired skills, and smugglers. This is an extremely fast-paced, classic cyberpunk novel. The opening of the book gets your heart racing. We meet Cowboy, our protagonist, as he is driving his car to his mountain hideaway. It does great job of introducing...
She Murdered Me With Science by David Boop
Published on Monday, January 11, 2010 by Review by Harpy Convair She Murdered Me with Science is David Boop's first novel. It combines historical fiction, sci-fi, and detective noir. Boop often plays for humor, and I think he does it well. I love the liberal sprinkling of period slang, though I admit my knowledge and taste of it come from "Casablanca", bits of "The Maltese Falcon", and Shirley Temple ...
The Scar by China Mieville – Review
Published on Monday, January 11, 2010 by Review Written by Harpy Convair This review is long over due, sorry for the delay. My masters class on school law has taken up most of my time. Though I hate to use the term, because of the often negative connotations, The Scar is a spin-off of Perdido Street Station. Reviewed here. Reading the original story isn't necessary to understand or enjoy this story; ho...
The Gunslinger by Stephen King – Review
Published on Monday, January 11, 2010 by Review Written by Harpy Convair The Gunslinger is the first book in "The Dark Tower" series by Stephen King. "The Dark Tower" is King's magnum opus that has been written over the course of the last 25 years. He was inspired by Robert Browning's "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came." The series ties most of King's works into a single universe. This book takes us...
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski – Review
Published on Thursday, December 24, 2009 by Review Written by Harpy Convair House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski is a truly unique book. When I first discovered it, it was on the shelf in the horror section at the bookstore. Then next time I saw it, it was on the literature shelf. It seems that no one quite knows how to classify this book. Once you read it, you will understand why. This book truly defies...
Soft Ware By Rudy Rucker – Review
Published on Thursday, December 24, 2009 by Review by Harpy Convair This was my first novel by Rudy Rucker.  Though I wasn't sure what to expect, I knew that this book would take a different approach to cyberpunk than I have encountered before. Our main character is Cobb Anderson, he is an elderly scientist, living in disgrace. The cause of his disgrace is the robot revolution that was brought about ...
Un Lun Dun by China Mieville – Review
Published on Thursday, December 24, 2009 by Review by Harpy Convair Un Lun Dun is China Mieville's first young adult novel. As indicated by the title it is set in an alternate version of London. It has been compared to Louis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, though I can not speak directly to this as I have yet to read that work, I can see why the comparison has been made based on the movie adaptations. ...
John Dies at the End by David Wong – Review
Published on Thursday, December 24, 2009 by Review by Harpy Convair This book is a dark comedy/horror by David Wong. David Wong is the pseudonym for the head editor of Cracked.com. It is another book, among a growing number, that was originally published online and is now gracing the shelves of our favorite bookstores. The set up is this, David and his best friend are reluctant paranormal investigators. ...
The Eyre Affair Review
Published on Thursday, December 24, 2009 by Review by Harpy Convair I read this book years ago and enjoyed it, so I thought I'd read it again with my Second Life® book club. I had forgotten much about the book since I last read it. Jasper Fforde weaves a tale about a police detective, Thursday Next, who specializes in literary crime. Most of the time it is a very dull job, at least for most of the Li...
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