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Familiars
Familiars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting, 7 Dec 2014
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Imaginative, varied and crammed full of haunting melodies, the Antler' latest offering is very much in the same league as its predecessors Hospice and Bursting Apart. Currently I'm listening to it over and again, discovering something(s) new every time. Familiars may one day come to be regarded as a classic of its genre. The lyrics show a certain awareness of mortality without being morbid or depressing (at least not for me). The construction and orchestration of the songs is superb, marked often by Peter Silberman's beautiful and distinctive falsetto. Go get it, you won't regret it.


Weirdspace: The Devil's Nebula
Weirdspace: The Devil's Nebula
by Eric Brown
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classy space opera, 18 Jun 2013
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This book is a real page turner, an old-fashioned "rattling good yarn", with protagonists who are likeable and believable and a truly evil alien threat to overcome. I'm sure Eric Brown enjoyed writing it almost as much as I enjoyed reading it. Stylistically it reminded me of the "pulp" space adventures of the 50s (Leigh Brackett, for example). Can't wait for the next volume of the projected trilogy.


Gardens of the Sun (Gollancz)
Gardens of the Sun (Gollancz)
by Paul J. McAuley
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars A fitting finale, 2 Aug 2010
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I read Gardens of the Sun after reading its companion volume and fore-runner The Quiet War. I would recommend this rather than trying to read either book as a stand-alone novel. Most of the key characters are developed in The Quiet War, then go on to meet their apotheosis or nemesis in Gardens of the Sun. Together they form a satisfying whole. There is intricate plotting and vivid action, but the underlying core is a novel of ideas, expressed as they come into conflict: totalitarianism versus participatory democracy, conservatism versus liberalism, idealism versus some truly Machiavellian scheming. All this is painted across the broad canvas that only the best in SF can deliver. Strongly recommended.


A Canticle for Leibowitz (Bantam Spectra Book)
A Canticle for Leibowitz (Bantam Spectra Book)
by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A true classic, 8 Feb 2009
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It is easy to see why this novel is regarded as a classic, not just of genre literature. The author creates a strong, literate narrative about his dystopic vision. The only reservation I have is that the last part is not as strong as the preceding two.


Dhalgren
Dhalgren
by Samuel R. Delany
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.73

8 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious twaddle, 8 Feb 2009
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I haven't read such appalling,rambling, stream-of-consciousness drivel for a long time. The author must have been doped up to the eyeballs when he wrote this.


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