Sunday, 2017-05-14

River of Gods by Ian McDonald

McDonald likes submerging himself in other settings and getting into the heads of their (near) future inhabitants. He’s obviously done a lot of research for this book, and from my bookish North European viewpoint his future fractured India rings true. It’s certainly easy to fall into the cadence of Anglo-English when reading some of the interior monologues, but it goes beyond that, to an appreciation of the culture and mores that nuanced and well written.

The framing SF plot (rogue AIs planning to do something) is beside the point. The central story is of the characters and their interactions.

Sunday, 2017-05-07

Luna: Wolf Moon by Ian McDonald

A sequel to New Moon. The series can now be read as a dialog and critique of The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, which I must confess I have never read, and purposefully written to make Heinlein, his epigones, and the fans who think his style of SF is the only real SF choke on a bag of dicks. Highly recommended.

Saturday, 2017-05-06

Napoleon: A Life by Andrew Roberts

A great biography over a man many times called great. A good overview of the key points of his career, wrapped up in a nice framework of history and anecdote.