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Reactions to Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace by Terry Brooks

31-Aug-15

The Phantom Menace by Terry Brooks My rating: 4 of 5 stars A surprisingly good book in its own right. Of course it has to overcome the terribleness of the related film and weakness of the underlying George Lucas-generated story, but Terry Brooks’ adaptation nearly does! Brooks deftly minimizes the worst of Lucas’ characters (Jar […]

Reactions to Influx by Daniel Suarez

10-Aug-14

Influx by Daniel Suarez My rating: 2 of 5 stars Suarez’ books have been progressively less good after the genuinely intelligent “Daemon” – unfortunately “Influx” continues the trend toward late Clancy-style writing for the movies and poor (or no) editing. There’s not much narrative flow – mostly just longueurs (perhaps the chapters-long description of the […]

Reactions to Woken Furies by Richard K. Morgan

16-Apr-14

Woken Furies by Richard K. Morgan My rating: 3 of 5 stars Fine for fans of the Takeshi Kovacs series, but the distinctive noir/steampunk vibe of the first book, Altered Carbon, is unfortunately gone, replaced by the less interesting sci-fi/action vibe of the second, Broken Angels. Morgan overindulges in several formerly latent affectations, primarily the […]

Reactions to “Altered Carbon” by Richard K. Morgan

10-Feb-14

Broken Angels by Richard K. Morgan My rating: 3 of 5 stars Broken Angels skews much more sci-fi politico-action than the noir steampunk of its predecessor, Altered Carbon. I much prefer the earlier vibe, but this book does its own thing very well. Sometimes difficult for me to follow the political and philosophical undercurrents driving […]

Reactions to “Altered Carbon” by Richard K. Morgan

25-Dec-13

Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan My rating: 5 of 5 stars A wonderful near-future sci-fi novel told like an old school noir. Fans of the former genre will enjoy Altered Carbon more than those of just the latter, and it’s probably not a place to start if you’re new to either, but this novel […]

Reactions to “Buy Jupiter and Other Stories” by Isaac Asimov

05-Sep-13

Buy Jupiter and Other Stories by Isaac Asimov My rating: 3 of 5 stars The truisms about Asimov are true – that he had an astonishing ability to project trends and their implications from the tiniest kernel of extant technology, and that Asimov originally touched on nearly every science fiction idea developed by later authors. […]