jason wants to talk about genres and this io9 post:
heated discussion ensues and will not be transcribed.
- josh: gene wolfe. pirate freedon.
- verdict: -
"maybe i missed something." josh did not like this book. "maybe there
was some weird time travel or something, but it was hidden?" this was
a book about pirates. evidently there was a time travel element of
this story, corroborated by other reviews, but josh completely failed
to pick this up. he hated it, but finished the slog. not recommended.
at this point, with his widened experience, josh would like to upgrade
his recommendation of foop and the name of the wind.
- chris: opinion of gene wolfe.
chris has read a number of his books. they're all slow and very dry. a
number of them, he couldn't finish, too boring. but the good ones were
quite good. some speculation follows about the decline of
culture. chris will challenge "pirate freedom" and report back.
- jen: audrey niffenegger. the time traveler's wife.
- verdict: ++
jen read this book "because i enjoy time travel." the book was quite
popular when it came out. jen heard the writer on the radio and found
her so annoying that she chose not to read the book. eventually she
repented and liked the book quite a lot. the main character travels in
time involuntarily, while his wife does not. the book is about the
rather odd strains on such a relationship. it's very good, she liked
it a lot. highly recommended.
- jen: mary robinette kowal. for solo cello, opus 12.
- verdict: meh
short story, won a best new writer award at the world sf
convention. "there's no sex, although there are babies." concerns a
very good professional cellist who has lost his hand in an
accident. naturally he's having a hard time with this. his agent says
"we can get you a new hand..." his wife is pregnant, they can grow him
a new hand, but they need the fetus. and so on, i won't give it
away. it was ok. "it was only six pages. if this was a book, i
would've stopped reading it."
- jason: leinad zeraus. daemon.
- verdict: none yet
jason is about a third of the way through this book. basically, it's
about an mmo programmer who dies of cancer, and has evidently set up a
complex set of boobytraps, triggered by the appearance of his
obituary. people begin dying. not terribly impressed, but will
definitely finish the book and report.
- chad: michael chabon. the yiddish policemen's union.
- verdict: ++ so far
chad reviews kavalier and klay for us. chris doesn't want to hear a
word about the yiddish policemen's union, on the grounds that he's
still reading it. well, aren't we all. anyway, the plot of this is
well enough known. it's an alternate history story in which jews have
been given special status in alaska, have established a yiddish
culture there, and so on. drama ensues, and will not be discussed
here. everything about every character is really hilarious, it's very
good so far and is highly recommended.
- that's all, folks.