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Current Topic: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Literature

Boing Boing: William Gibson's Spook Country
Topic: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Literature 7:21 pm EDT, Aug  8, 2007

This may be my favorite Gibson book of all time. - Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow sure seems to have liked Spook Country. I didn't get into Gibson's last novel. Some of the marketing ideas were cool but for some reason it just didn't grab me. The linear style didn't build the suspense level that I sought. But I'm going to give this one a shot.

Gibson has a habit of writing physical places I've been to into his novels. I recall in All Tomorrow's Parties the main character walking down a street in San Francisco toward the location at which I was reading the book. Rattle tells me early on in this book a character checks into a Manhattan hotel that a number of MemeStreams users crashed in during the last HOPE, probably around the time the novel is set.

Anyone here reading it yet?

Boing Boing: William Gibson's Spook Country

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (spoilers)
Topic: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Literature 10:07 am EDT, Jul 21, 2007

Wow. Just... wow.

Who would have guessed that Dobby and Hermione would hook up? I guess it makes a strange sort of sense, with her equal rights for house elves activities and whatnot.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (spoilers)

Hello, Reality? This is fandom calling... Dalek Kidnapped, news at 11
Topic: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Literature 6:17 pm EDT, Jun  9, 2005

Well, apparently some nutters nipped a life-size Dalek model and are now holding it ransom until they get further instructions as to what to do with it from Doctor Who.

My favorite bit is how the guy who runs the gallery it was taken from mentions that there was "no torture involved" with the removal of the plunger (weapon arm) from the Dalek model. I think he needs to take a little vacation until he can stop making slips like that. It's creepy.

It could be a relations stunt, but at least I find it nice that the BBC has enough of a sense of humor about it to have contacted Colin Baker (one of the actors who formerly played Doctor Who) to see if he'll talk to the "kidnappers" should the opportunity arise.

Hello, Reality? This is fandom calling... Dalek Kidnapped, news at 11

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
Topic: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Literature 1:31 pm EDT, May  5, 2005

I won't yammer on so much, but I'll say that the dialogue, while very much British, isn't so pendulously wordy as say, some of Sterling's 'Quicksilver' books. Read it. It'll keep you occupied for at least a week.

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clarke

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