"Jamie L. C. Young"
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The Warlord of the Air: A Scientific Romance (Noma&hellip by Michael Moorcock
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Genesis of Steampunk, 29 July 2013
The Warlord of the Air is both the ur-text of the contemporary steampunk movement and a rollicking pastiche of that late Victorian and Edwardian science fiction for which Moorcock deserves so much thanks and credit for preserving and presenting to the contemporary reader.

The story recounts the adventures of one Captain Oswald Bastable, an Edwardian soldier whose extraordinary diary has come into Moorcock's possession. Bastable, a particularly stiff-upper-lipped incarnation of the Eternal Champion, finds himself transported in time to the airship utopia of 1973, where the sun still hasn't set on the world-wide British Empire. After training, he takes a position as a crewman on a… Read more
The Righteous Men by Sam Bourne
The Righteous Men by Sam Bourne
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Righteous Men, 3 Aug 2008
A while back I ordered a book from Amazon. When it arrived, I bore on its cover praise from Helena Kennedy and Neil Kinnock. My heart sank. I held onto it for a while and then threw it in the bin unread. I couldn't bring myself to dump it on a charity shop. I had the same feeling when I opened The Righteous Men and discovered that its author was none other than the Guardian's Jonathan Freedland. Oh no, not again.

Well, I'd paid the money and had nothing else to read, so here goes...

Our hero, Will Monroe, is an expensively-educated Englishman of impeccable liberal credentials (his American father failed to make the Supreme Court bench because he isn't a… Read more
Exultant: Destiny's Children Book 2 (GOLLANCZ S.F.&hellip by Stephen Baxter
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Exultant has none of the same characters as Coalescent and it does not continue the story either. So in what way exactly is this book a sequel? Well, it's thematic, and the theme is, approximately, the family. In Coalescent Baxter examined a society in which everyone belongs to the same family; now, in Exultant, he looks at a society in which there is no such thing as the family.

And what an unpleasant society it is. Baxter presents us with a hideous centrally-planned dystopia reminiscent of a cross between Stalinism and ancient Egypt, which manufactures billions of human beings ex-utero deliberately for use as cannon fodder in a galactic war that has been going on for so long… Read more

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