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In the Mouth of the Whale by Paul McAuley
In the Mouth of the Whale by Paul McAuley
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best SF book of 2012, 23 Dec 2012
This is a wonderful book, almost certainly the best novel I read this year, so it's a real disappointment to see it getting such indifferent and at times stupid reviews.

I'm sorry to admit that I'm sometimes more interested in plot than quality of writing, but even I noticed how outstanding McAuley's prose is here, with descriptive passages frequently achieving real beauty and poetry. The plot is both original and ruthless: the villains of the piece, the True, are utterly vile and despicable, yet the story is largely told from their perspective. It is impossible to find any single character to wholly identify with, all the "humans" in the story are to a greater or lesser extent… Read more
Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life by Philip Jose Farmer
Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life by Philip Jose Farmer
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware: not a novel, 18 Aug 2012
Contrary to appearances, this is not a novel. Instead it is an extended essay on the history and social significance of the Doc Savage comics. If that's your cup of tea then you may find this book considerably more interesting than I did.
The Face in the Frost by John Bellairs
The Face in the Frost by John Bellairs
5.0 out of 5 stars A lost classic., 18 Aug 2012
A Face in the Frost is an almost forgotten fantasy classic, out of print for decades but now resurrected in e-book form by those nice people at SF Gateway. The story of a conflict between good and evil wizards, it's set against a charming and original background, with highly engaging and frequently comic characters. The horror scenes of black magic have a genuinely unsettling nightmare quality. It may be marketed as a Yound Adult novel but it's a perfectly satisfying read for adults as well.

A great little book of the sort they just don't seem to write any more, and an absolutely flawless transfer to e-book, which is something you can't always say with the SF Gateway output,… Read more