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Books #62-64 [Aug. 27th, 2009|09:16 pm]
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#67: Mona Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson

Back we go to the world of Neuromancer, to see a bit of the fallout from the Straylight run and the emergence of a new kind of AI. The novel is structured as four different narratives in the beginning, eventually (and inevitably) they fuse as the novel hurtles towards climax. It's still pretty hard to say what the novel is "about", but I enjoyed returning to the setting nevertheless.

#68: Jhegaala by Steven Brust

Next (after Dzur) in the Vlad Taltos series, in Jhegaala we drop backwards in the chronology to a time when Vlad wandered off to the Eastern Kingdoms in search of information about his mother's family... and stumbles into a web of plotting and corruption reminiscent of his days as a human crime lord and assassin in the "elven" capital city of Adrilankha.

If the previous sentence made no sense to you, you need to read this series. Seriously, it's some of the best fantasy I've ever read - and each novel is less than a third the length of any book out of A Song of Ice and Fire. Ask me if you want to borrow them.

#69: Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie

Second book of the "First Law" trilogy; the first one being "The Blade Itself" (previously reviewed here). Everything I liked about the first book still holds, particularly the author's utter willingness to disregard or defy the typical fantasy tropes in both characterization and plot. This book in particular is a lesson on making characters something other than they stereotypically ought to be, and sets up an ominous foreboding for the last book in the trilogy.

From: nevyn522
2009-08-28 05:41 am (UTC)
... I spent a few minutes last week trying to figure out the order for the Vlad Taltos series. I'd love to borrow them!
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2009-08-28 02:56 pm (UTC)
I can definitely help you with the order. I'll get the first few books at home and bring them next time we get together. If I remember.
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[User Picture]From: mcmartin
2009-08-29 02:44 am (UTC)
Chronological, or publication? Brust cheated on the "chronological" count; Dragon takes place both before and after Yendi.
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2009-08-29 04:17 am (UTC)
I tend to advise publication order except in cases where the author has specifically recommended otherwise...
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