I finished the Alex Marwood novel The Wicked Girls today. Really good dark twisty thriller.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick.
This was a reread but it had been probably 25 years since I'd last read it and I was frankly having a hard time remembering what was "Androids" and what was "Blade Runner." I really had forgotten how much different the two are. Thematically this hits most of the Dick buttons, the nature of humanity, the nature of reality religious themes. I'm still cogitating on on Mercer's manifestation to Deckard toward the end and the throwing of the rock, a whole lot of stuff to think about there.
Great book. And a very glad reread.
Archie Meets Nero Wolfe by Richard Goldsborough
I've liked what I've read of Goldsborough's Nero Wolfe, but I'm not in love w/them. And this one didn't change my mind. It's well done, it captures the feel of Archie and Wolfe, but the writing doesn't have the kick of Rex Stout's originals. Plus, there's no big dramatic moment to mark the beginning of their relationship. Archie is brought in on one of Wolfe's cases, as one of a half dozen detectives, he does a good job, Wolfe has an opening and offers it to him. No drama, no personal connection between them; Wolfe is just hiring somebody, and Archie is just taking another job. Obviously, it turns into more later, but there's no sign of that here. Plus, Archie is way too young and inexperienced here; seems like he should have been more seasoned on his own before joining Wolfe. A good book, but if you're going to do a key moment like this, there should be more to it.
If you're so smart, why aren't you naked?
I tend to split superhero comics fans into "People who like Krypto" and "People who don't like Krypto."
Basically, if you miss the wonder of a dog flying around in a little Superman cape, you're in the wrong hobby.
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Star Trek - Department of Temporal Investigations - Forgotten History by Christopher L. Bennett
While the book does have its own story to tell, it's also about tying together virtually every time travel episode of ST:TOS, the animated series, the movies and some of the previous novels. So there are a lot of references to other works, and a lot of time spent explaining things. Like where the Earth-like world of the Onlies from Miri came from, or why Spock went back to Vulcan for the Kho-li-nar discipline, or what got him thinking about reunifying Vulcans and Romulans. Or why the Enterprise was involved in so many time travel incidents; then, since that explanation involves the ship herself, how did they work that time trip in The Voyage Home? Or why Kirk is considered such a dangerous rebel by future DTI agents, how that rep came about, and how he feels about it when confronted by it.
Get the idea? If you know your original Trek backwards and forwards, this could be a terrific fill-in-the-blanks nerdgasm of a book. If not, it could leave you cold, or lost.
Me? I didn't get all the references, but hell, I loved the book. I remember not being too impressed w/Bennett's first book, Ex Machina, but this book was better, moving right along, w/the characters sounding right and a lot going on. (Hell, Spock even goes to bed w/his old fiance T'Pring. Sort of.) Bottom line, good read.
If you're so smart, why aren't you naked?
I finished the David Baldacci thriller The Hit yesterday.
Dune, Messiah of Dune and Children of Dune. (re-reading of course)
Dune : a masterpiece. The balance between politics, philosophy, spirituality and cheer epicness is near perfect.
MoD : basically it's just Paul talking, thinking and being sad. (he has some reasons for though) If i do think that it could make a great play, as a book it's not always all that fascinating to read. But i like it, the whole Hayt thing was a nice thing to pull and the end is great. It would have made a superb ending to this saga.
CoD : not a big fan of that one. It's kind of weakly structured, it's a real struggle to find any interesting or even just likable characters (even the old ones like Stilgar or Duncan are dull) and the story didn't captivate me at all. You can easily tell that a long time passed between the writting of MoD and CoD. I think that at this point Frank Herbert's vision and understanding of his old characters were quite different than when he wrote the previous books.
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Johnny Alucard by Kim Newman.
Newman combines some previously published Anno Dracula stories with some new stuff to bring the AD-verse in to the 1970s and beyond. Most fun book I've read all year.
Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett.
The first time i read this book some months ago i didn't enjoy it very much for being honest. But i wanted to give it a second try anyway and well, better, definitely better this time.
Not a book i would advice a new Pratchett reader to start with but it has qualities. And definitely some depth.
In a Lonely Place by Dorothy B. Hughes.
I'm not sure if this was a case of overblown expectations or coming too late to an early genre work, but for whatever reason, I didn't like this one as much as I'd hoped. This is easily Hughes' most famous work and has been favorably compared to Chandler. But the oomph of the writing simply wasn't there to put this in the upper echelon of literary noir. And while this is a pretty early example of the Very Bad protagonist, having read Thompson, Highsmith and a host of others, that was less novel than it would have been in 1947.
There are things to like. Hughes' use of third person storytelling is interesting and works fairly well. Though we never get a particularly good look at Dix Steele. And there really are no particularly compelling characters in the book. I found myself not really caring what happened because I just wasn't that interested in the characters.
The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett.
A quite funny and surprisingly deep book.