Tag Archive: Coode Street

Dec 05

I Am Providence by Nick Mamatas

I am Providence is a terrific novel.  It’s a murder mystery set at a Lovecraft convention.  This might sound cringeworthy at first, the sort of book open to all sorts of shitty stereotypes, but works beautifully because the novel has been written by someone who (a) has experienced the muck and guts of the fannish trenches and …

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May 25

Book Review: The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu (Translated by Ken Liu)

What’s It About It’s an alien invasion novel that features the Cultural Revolution, a computer game that incorporates the entirety of Western and Eastern scientific thought and a series of jaw dropping set pieces. Representative Paragraph Qin Shi Huang, Newton, Von Neumann, and Wang all stood on the platform at the apex of the pyramid. This …

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May 20

Book Review: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

What’s It About Maia is the only son of the fourth wife of the Emperor of the Elflands.  Following his mother’s premature death, the Emperor (not the most loving of fathers) banishes him to a household in the middle of nowhere to be mentored by an abusive cousin.  And then one morning Maia wakes up …

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May 15

Book Review: Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie

What’s It About Newly appointed Captain Breq – you may know her from the multi-award winning novel Ancillary Justice­ ­­– has been given a warship, the Mercy of Kalr, and ordered by Anaander Mianaai, Lord of the Radch – or at least the part of her personality that opposes expansion – to go forth and …

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May 04

Book Review: The Dark Between the Stars by Kevin J. Anderson

What’s It About I only read a third of the novel, but apparently it’s set twenty years after the 7-novels that form The Saga of the Seven Suns.  So it’s both a Book One and a Book Eight. Representative Paragraph Because I don’t want to be criticised for cherry-picking the worst example of Anderson’s leaden prose, here’s a …

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Feb 21

Nebula Award Novel Shortlist

The Nebula Award nominees have been announced (click on the link for the full list).  For the novel category, this is what the SFWA members chose: The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Tor) Trial by Fire, Charles E. Gannon (Baen) Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK) The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu ( ), translated …

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Sep 01

Book Review: A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar

Here’s a description of the novel from the Small Beer website: Jevick, the pepper merchant’s son, has been raised on stories of Olondria, a distant land where books are as common as they are rare in his home—but which his mother calls the Ghost Country. When his father dies and Jevick takes his place on …

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Aug 18

Book Review: The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman

Here’s an edited version of the Goodreads’ description (which might also be the actual blurb… I don’t know I read the ebook). Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of …

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Mar 04

Review: Consider Phlebas by Iain M Banks

Goodreads figures: 15506 ratings at an average of 3.87 So I’m reading Martin Lewis’ blog (Everything Is Nice) and he’s ripping into Hartwell and Cramer’s introduction of a Gregory Benford story.* During the evisceration, mention is made of early New Space Opera from authors such as Banks and Colin Greenland. And it occurs to me …

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Sep 09

Delayed Hugo Post

It’s a delayed post because frankly I don’t have much to say. For anyone who still has no idea who won, you can find the winners here. I was surprised to see Jo Walton walk away with Best Novel for Among Others. I genuinely expected GRRM, with his strong fanbase, to have his one in …

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