||[Aug. 27th, 2009|09:16 pm]
#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.