November Books

Spaceman Blues: A Love Song by Brian Francis Slattery: This came to my attention due to a comment made by Jay Lake and I’m glad I gave it a try. This was written in a very compelling style. Indeed, the language was so assured it bordered on extraordinary. I did have the sense that the narrative would have worked better as a shorter novella rather than novel. But I recommend this one and look forward to seeing what this writer does in the future.

The Secret History of Moscow by Ekaterina Sedia: I had the opportunity to meet this author at the World Fantasy convention this year. I had just purchased this book the day before. It’s a story full of the weird and rife with cultural significance, and written very elegantly. Even though the middle had some potentially awkward structural choices, and I wished I’d seen more of the villains behind the plot earlier on, the poetic nature of the narrative swept me away. Definitely recommended.

Brasyl by Ian McDonald: I read this at the same time that I was reading a manuscript that employed the identical aspect of quantum physics. I found myself wishing as I read both that I had a stronger background in the actual science. But regardless, this was an epic story with effective characterization. I must admit, though, that the historical thread didn’t hold quite the same level of fascination as the others. Worth the time for a slow, luxurious read.

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