I’m bound and determined to work my way through the Galactic Center Series despite this initial setback. I attribute the poor quality of this book to its fix-up nature (and possible drug use in the 70s) and hope the follow on books are much better, because the overall premise is of interest to me.
First time I've read it in 35 years. What more needs to be said about this book (it's a single book, not a trilogy)? It defined a new genre that's often imitated, but never paralleled. The Lord of the Rings scratches my high fantasy itch. There's really no need to read other high fantasy because most of it is derivative. Lot's of readers dislike the book for some reason, taste, length, whatever. But there's not denying the creativity bound within its pages, nor the creativity of Tolkien.
My plan is to read it at least once more before I sail across the sea...
Full review here: http://infinispace.net/2013/08/review-chasm-city-alastair-reynolds/
Chasm City is a complex, thread heavy roller coaster of a ride, less space opera and more gothic-noir space adventure. But be warned, nothing is really as it seems until about the last 20 pages, and that's when the reader forgets some of the early head scratching and declares a satisfying "A-ha!"
Full review here: http://infinispace.net/2013/10/galactic-north-by-alastair-reynolds/
Reviews of each individual story also in the link above.
Galactic North is a mostly excellent book filled with novellas and short stories from Reynolds' Revelation Space universe. While not required reading to enjoy the Inhibitor Trilogy, I recommend picking it up to round out the storytelling.
I've always believed that Gateway would make an amazing movie given the right script treatment. Winner of most of the top science fiction literature awards, Gateway is Frederik Pohl's greatest work, and stands as one of the best science fiction novels I've read over the years. Highly recommended!
Read the full review on my site here: http://infinispace.net/2015/03/review-deliverance-by-james-dickey/
A story about a lifeless and meek man (Ed) who revels in the violence and pain, coming out stronger on the other end. A story about a larger than life man (Lewis) who's wings are clipped and brought back to Earth. A story about an everyman (Bobby) who suffers a humiliation worthy of murder. And a story about a righteous man (Drew) who pays the ultimate price for all their sins.
A story about survival before survival stories were a thing.
Full review here: http://infinispace.net/2015/01/review-transcendental-james-gunn/
I'm not sure why this book has low ratings on Goodreads, considering GR typically has inflated ratings based on some number crunching I did recently. Anyway, Transcendental is influenced by The Canterbury Tales, with the mystery of a whodunnit, and taking place during a star flung pilgrimage/quest to find the Transcendental Machine. Fans of Richard Dawkins will love the Darwinist themes liberally slathered throughout. Since creationism/evolution is a hot topic lately, many people will hate this book for that reason alone...which is a terrible reason to hate a science fiction book. Theists can learn of these themes with a modicum of research before picking up this book, saving themselves some time, and aggravation if works of fiction like this irritate them.
Two negatives: 1) The main character, Riley, shrugs...A LOT. LOL! 2) Transendental appears to be the first book of a possible trilogy, and James Gunn is currently 91 years old.
Other than that, I enjoyed it quite a bit.
Marsbound Trilogy review: http://infinispace.net/2015/01/review-marsbound-trilogy-joe-haldeman/
Haldeman seems completely lost here, and when when he hits 250 pages he whips out his own deus ex machina and delivers salvation to the main character and the book just, inexplicably, ENDS. Which is probably for the best.
A disappointing end to a disappointing trilogy. This book meanders with no real plot, just a sequence of random survival events as the characters try to deal with Earth being sent back to the stone age after their never ending source of power is suddenly turned off by the Others. The entire trilogy hinges on the Others and their fascination with humanity, but he never offers to explain anything about why this race who wants to control and/or destroy us. (sigh) I always look forward to Haldeman's new books, but if this trilogy is any indication of future output I will probably be looking at his future works with a more skeptical eye.
Full review: http://infinispace.net/2015/02/the-red-wing/
Not sure what to think of this one. I liked the premise of the story, but there's no meat to it. It's far too short and too simplistic. And I guess this is the paradox of many graphic novels. It's prohibitively expensive and time intensive to produce a complex story in graphic novel form without it extending over many volumes and costing the reader a small fortune. This book cost $15 and took maybe an hour to read, with a fairly unsatisfactory story. That's not a particularly good value for a reader.
A story of childhood, loneliness, sacrifice, suicide, memories, and how the choices you make impact people; a lesson about how children are open and explore, while adults are closed and follow paths.
But below the surface Gaiman gives us his normal peak behind the curtain of a creepy and fantastical world populated by reality devouring "hunger birds," lonely monsters, and caring immortals. He never fully pulls back that curtain. Doing so would reveal too much and remove some of the mystery of behind the storytelling.
The Space Merchants reads a little bit like a mashup of Mad Men and a futuristic spy novel, and is still as satirical and relevant today as it was sixty years ago. It's one of those books that readers of science fiction classics are obligated to pick up and read at some point.