Ah, the lonely life of a Bureau42 book reviewer. Lots of people here have watched the relevant shows and movies and are willing to share their views; not so many have read every novel or short story. I’m skipping the standard review system, dividing 42 points among the five Hugo-nominated stories for 2003, and providing links so you can find and read’em. All of the linked sites have reproduced the stories with permission. Enjoy.
June 23, 2003
“You asshole. This isn’t the way it’s done. You were supposed to write up a report afterwards, and forward it to me the day before….”
June 23, 2003
Well, my copy of Harry Potter 5 didn’t come on Saturday (even
though I’d paid for Saturday delivery), so I read this instead.
June 9, 2003
“The Neanderthal is sick, and this place has been quarantined by the order of Health Canada.”
May 31, 2003
Imagine science and technology came to Middle-Earth. Now imagine that it’s not Middle-Earth, but Bas-Lag, and in place of hobbits, orcs, elves, and ents, you have steam-cyborgs, crays, cactacae, and ab-dead. Instead of epic heroism, imagine people so morally murky that Sauron would walk away from the worst of them in disgust. Mix SF, fantasy, steampunk, and traveller’s tale, people the result with psychologically complex (and complexed) characters, and have an extraordinarily gifted writer tell their stories. The book is The Scar by China Mieville, and I suspect it will receive my vote for best novel at this year’s Hugo Awards.
May 15, 2003
I’ve tried to keep the review as spoiler free as possible. If you really want to avoid all spoilers for as long as possible, rest assured that I will be in line for this movie on opening night.
May 11, 2003
David Brin’s novel Kiln People has been nominated for a Hugo Award.
May 2, 2003
Kim Stanley Robinson’s The Years of Rice and Salt has been nominated for a Hugo this year. Robinson’s intellect cannot be denied; he has created alternate history on an epic scale. As an engaging work of fiction, however, its 658 pages make a decidely uneven read.
April 26, 2003
Timeshredder has put together another book review for us.