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09 May 2004 @ 10:07 pm
Books read last week  
"The Machine Crusade" by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson (Library. See this post.)

"Starbrow" by Tim Ray (Library. See this post.)

"Amnesia Moon" by Jonathan Lethem (Library. I'm pretty sure I understand the underlying message of this book - people should connect with others, being a loner leads to madness, family and friends are important, you shouldn't force people to fit with your image of them - but I'll be damned if I know what the story was about. The backcover blurb promised a cross between post-apocalypse and conspiracy theory (the hero is living in the US after the bombs have dropped, but then someone reveals that the bombs never fell). But then it just goes surreal, and I've no idea what was going on at all.)

"Dance of Knives" by Donna McMahon (Library. Very fun. It felt cyberpunk, but set further in the future than that normally is. The story is set in downtown Vancouver in the 22nd century, and there has clearly been a disaster of some sort, probably biological, between now and then - there are references to diseases, and Americans as refugees. Downtown is a squatter town and the tongs are very much in charge, the citzens in the rest of the city only come in to slum it at the bars. The story focuses on Klale (a naive citizen from Prince Rupert who has left her Guild to come to the big city), Toni (the bartender at the Klondyke Hotel, who gets Klale a job - she has a past that she doesn't talk about, maybe connected with the tongs) and Blade (a tool of the leader of one of the tongs - tools have had their personalities destroyed and are so conditioned by direct neural stimulation that they are no longer aware that they are human, and exist purely to obey orders). The backcover blurb says that it's a take on the Beauty and the Beast, and this is probably why the ending does feel a little fairytale. Very good read though.)
Darrenironfreak on May 10th, 2004 08:08 am (UTC)
I still fail to get my head round how much material you 'get your head round' in a week!
Is there a beginner's guide to speed reading that you could point me at?!
Margaretpling on May 10th, 2004 11:06 am (UTC)

I think it's more the commute on the train that's important - lots of time each day where there's nothing to do but read or go insane ;)
Darrenironfreak on May 11th, 2004 01:44 am (UTC)
Hmmm. There's 'lots of time' and there's 'lots of time'.
I still think there's an element of Commander Data about it :-)
Robdreema on May 12th, 2004 02:13 pm (UTC)
It was similar when I worked in edinburgh, the train journey was 55 mins from station to station, that's a lot of reading time, especially when you're doing it twice a day