Alexander J. Thirkill

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Neptune's Brood by Charles Stross
Neptune's Brood by Charles Stross
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Once again Stross creates an interesting premise, but is unable to satisfactorily conclude.

This is the case with iron sunrise, the whole laundry series. We get to about 95% of the way through and then it is finished in a 1, 2, 3, often a deus ex machina.

I like Stross' work, but like Iain Banks, I think his work rate is undermining the quality control. I'd like to see him get back to the heights of Glasshouse and Accelerando.

Adequate, but I should have waited until it came out in paper-back.
Light (GOLLANCZ S.F.) by M. John Harrison
Light (GOLLANCZ S.F.) by M. John Harrison
M. John Harrison doesn't treat his readers as idiots, or as standard-trope fanciers. My expectations were really up-ended within the first chapter.

Whilst the setting(s) of the novel are science fiction, the tone is literary and metaphysical. If it were a movie, it would be Lars Von Trier - the Breaking the Waves years: Bleak, but beautiful.

Worth checking out.
Eisenhorn (Eisenhorn Omnibus) by Dan Abnett
Amusing characters, more action-detective novel than most of the military science fanstasy 40k novels, I enjoyed it, but you should dip in.

First person narration can become a bit wearing and aside from Eisenhorn and Cherubal the supporting cast are disposable red-shirts.

The short stories are 4 out of 5.

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