Bookmark: Terry Pratchett

RIP Sir Terence David John “Terry” Pratchett, OBE (28 April 1948 – 12 March 2015). Forty one Discworld novels have been published.  Within Discworld, Pratchett weaved a narrative with many different characters that each had their own narratives across several books.  So much so that anyone approaching reading them needs a guide on how to make sense of it all. The L-Space web has put together the … Continue reading Bookmark: Terry Pratchett

Bookmark: Kim Stanley Robinson

I just finished Aurora, the latest novel from Kim Stanley Robinson.  Kim Stanley Robinson is a writer of hard science fiction who brings logical, methodical extrapolation to any topic he ponders.  He is, despite all of that, a fairly poetic fellow who often detours from physics to philosophy and the human condition. But still, hard science. Aurora is a very interesting but ultimately somewhat unsatisfying novel. … Continue reading Bookmark: Kim Stanley Robinson

The Magicians Trilogy

Lev Grossman has written three Magicians books about Quentin Coldwater, Brakebills Academy and the magical land of Narnia Fillory. (By the way you can buy a print of the image above here)  The first novel, The Magicians, took familiar tropes from a whole river of fantasy literature and invested in them a seriousness of emotion and consequence that was quite cathartic for me.  In particular, … Continue reading The Magicians Trilogy

A Quantum of Snow

Washington DC is known for its political gridlock.  It also suffers from snow-induced gridlock and it doesn’t take much of the fluffy white stuff to shut things down.  Today is one of those days, when a lightly drifting stream of snow has shut down offices, schools and induced a slightly panicked style of driving among the local denizens. I just finished reading John Scalzi’s latest … Continue reading A Quantum of Snow

Quick note on a book I just finished

I just finished Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.  It’s an enjoyable read — one I picked up on Cory Doctorow’s recommendation (and was reminded of Doctorow’s own novels while reading it).  This book did a lot of things right including landing on an ending that was important enough yet real enough that the central mystery at the heart of the plot — retroactively — seemed … Continue reading Quick note on a book I just finished

The Long Read

I picked up The Long Earth when it first came out, excited to see another novel from Terry Pratchett.  It has a great world-building concept; a series of parallel earths that can be reached by “stepping” from one world to the next.  And the stepping is triggered by an invention straight out of a typical Pratchett novel.  Unfortunately nothing after feels anything like Pratchett.  Which … Continue reading The Long Read

Yes, Thank You Cory Doctorow

Killing time, surfing Feedly feeds and saw this post from Willy-Bob Wheaton recalling a story about the time he sent his first draft of his a book he was working on Cory Doctorow to read and Cory gave him the honest truth: there’s a good tale in there but the writing ain’t so great.  Eventually Wheaton overcomes self-doubt generated by said tough love, and does … Continue reading Yes, Thank You Cory Doctorow