D. Patrick

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Busted Flush (Wild Cards Novel) by George R. R. Martin
Busted Flush (Wild Cards Novel) by George R. R. Martin
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The new trilogy of Wild Cards books continues and by and large this has revived this line of 'mosaic' books. Like most of the previous volumes different writers produce different sections which are overseen and then stiched together by George RR Martin.

In general an easy if perhaps a little uninvolving read. Maybe it suffers from being the middle book of a trilogy?

My main problem with the novel comoes down to what might be considered the central strand of the novel - that of Noel Matthews, the British Ace and secret service double agent written by Melinda Snodgrass. The sections set in the UK or featuring British characters is full of English sterotypes, even down to… Read more
The City & The City by China Mieville
The City & The City by China Mieville
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Other reviewers have covered the basic premise and setting for this book so I won't go into that here.

The book goes out of its way to point out that the situation of Beszel and Ul Qoma are quite different from politically divided cities like East and West Berlin, or religiously divided cities like Jerusalem.

If there is any parallel to cities in the real world it is to nearly every large city where areas of low income earners (represented by Beszel) rub shoulders with much richer areas (Ul Qoma) but whose inhabitants almost seem to live in different cities to each other.

The book has a fantastical set-up and accepting the idea of unseeing and unhearing is a… Read more
The Gabble - And Other Stories (Polity) by Neal Asher
These stories mostly fit in his Polity sequence. While the older ones might not exactly they show the evolution in the ideas behind his favourite universe.

If you're a fan of Neal Asher then these stories will appeal to you as they're the same style and quality as the best of his novels. Like his longer works there is plenty of action, AIs, Golems, agents and, of course, Gabbleducks. As another reviewer noted I've got one of the longer stories in a year's best anthology, but some of the others have only seen print in relatively obscure publications.

It may be familiar ground he's covering in this anthology, but he does do it well.

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