August 27, 2008

The Changing Land, by Roger Zelazny

This book answers the question "If Roger Zelazny had tried his hand at a pulp swords-and-sorcery novel, what would it look like?"

(Reposted from Goodreads, where I gave it two stars out of five.)

Posted by Shmuel at 9:11 PM

August 22, 2008

The Gods Themselves, Isaac Asimov

Asimov's masterpiece, rebutting charges that he couldn't write about aliens, sex, or women. The first part and last sections, on Earth and the Moon, are good; the middle portion, with the aliens, is brilliant.

Posted by Shmuel at 9:23 PM

August 21, 2008

The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl, by Tim Pratt

Lots of fun, well written. Sadly, the final showdown doesn't quite hold up, and that's the scene the entire book builds toward. But a good read anyway.

(Four stars out of five.)

Posted by Shmuel at 9:20 PM

August 19, 2008

Gold: The Final Science Fiction Collection, by Isaac Asimov

I rather liked the first story ("Cal"), about a robot who wants to be a writer, and the title story has some interesting ideas about a future sensory medium and may give some indication of Asimov's feelings about The Gods Themselves. The rest of the stories are okay, but nothing special.

That's roughly the first third of the book; the rest reprints introductions to other anthologies and editorials from Asimov's Science Fiction magazine (though without any headnotes indicating what came from where; you're left to extrapolate from internal evidence and the copyright dates at the end). On the whole, these aren't worth the bother.

Posted by Shmuel at 9:27 PM

August 15, 2008

Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow

Good social satire and how-to manual, but I had trouble with the reporter-ex-machina ending.

(Reposted from Goodreads, where I gave it four stars out of five.)

Posted by Shmuel at 9:05 PM