Books for March and April 2009

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow [4.5/5]

A novel by Cory Doctorow about a teen in S.F. who uses technology to stand up for his rights, and the rights of those around him, against the abusive practices of Homeland Security. In other words, even though Little Brother was aimed at young adults, it included a lot of my favorite things, so it worked out well that I ended up loving this book as much as I hoped I would. It’s not a perfect novel, but it has a lot of great things to say about society, technology and rights. If you’re not already familiar with things like cypherpunks, onion routers, and culture jamming, you’ll learn a lot, and have fun doing it. Highly recommended for both adults and (especially) teen readers.

Fathom by Cherie Priest [4/5]

Cherie Priest’s gift for prose is on full display in this tale of old gods and their no-longer-human pawns. I found the structure of the novel to be a bit odd, but it works well as a framework for Cherie’s imagination. Recommended.

Escape From Hell! by Hal Duncan [3.5/5]

The cover copy describes this as “Escape from New York meets Jacob’s Ladder,” which seems like a fairly accurate summary of what the novella’s about. It’s all done at high speed with Hal Duncan’s wonderfully mad prose, though at times some of his stylistic choices didn’t entirely work for me, which may have contributed to me not liking it as much as I liked VELLUM or INK.

As-yet-unpublished manuscripts read:

  • Pinion by Jay Lake
  • A few other projects

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