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Meatspace by Nikesh Shukla
Meatspace by Nikesh Shukla
4.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of Two Kitabs, 25 July 2014
About halfway through Meatspace I was struggling a little bit. There were some great observations about the absurdities of modern life and the dangers of an addiction to social media, but where was the story? Or more, was I missing the story because this wasn't the book for me?

I like to flatter myself that I know about technology but the older I get the harder it is to remain convinced ( watching my 15 year neighbour reconfigure my 8 year old's Minecraft today revealed rather too much of my own ignorance). I like to think I know about social media, but frankly I use Facebook only to keep half an eye on what old friends are doing and, after a brain frazzling three weeks where I… Read more
The Rapture (Strange Trilogy 2) by Elliott Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Something Rotten, 13 July 2014
I very much enjoyed The Rapture (sequel to The First Stone). I've been on a dodgy reading streak recently but this is a quality novel. It's inventive, exciting and thought provoking in equal measure, and a gorgeously rendered evolution of the P.I. novel; a dystoPIan novel, if I may.

The book is almost a prequel to 1984. Hall has deconstructed Big Brother's regime and tried to examine how such a beast might be built. Following on from events in The First Stone, Felix Strange is investigating the disappearance of an old Army colleague; a man who saved his life. Isaac Taylor isn't just missing, he's ceased to exist. There… Read more
Empress of the Sun (Everness Series) by Ian McDonald
Empress of the Sun is the third novel in Ian McDonald's impressive Everness series. It dawned on me as I neared the end of book 2, that my assumption that this was a trilogy was incorrect. Since the author had gone to the trouble to create a billion universes, he can write as many stories as he wants in them. And so it is. By the end of this book, there is nothing resolved, no closure. Just more great storytelling and first class speculation.

I must confess this is probably my least favourite of the three, but it's hard to put my finger on why. As I thought the… Read more

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