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Trudi Canavan – Black Magician Trilogy September 27, 2007

Posted by taryn in don't bother.
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black-magician.jpgThis series was a true disappointment. There were some great threads in the story, but the dialogue and prosewas so simple, dull and obvious. The voice of the heroine didn’t come through a all.

I didn’t hate these as much as I hated Kylie Chan and I managed to read through the entire trilogy. Afterwards I felt a bit used, a bit bored not excited or inspired that I have recently after reading Neal Asher, Naomi Novik or Marianne de Pierres. It was also a disappointment as I usually like the Orbit authors.

In its defence, this is the first fantasy/magic series I have read to include a homosexual character and explore the issues of being a homosexual magician in a conservative atmosphere. Also, younger readers might find it much more enjoyable than I did.

This is a classic rags to riches, urchin to master magician, nancy drew type story.

Sonea is a poor commoner whose family have barely managed to escape the slums of the city. During the annual purge of the city, when the less desirable are swept from the city by the magicians she discovers an inherent magical power which sets the guild of magicians after her. The first book follows her as she discovers her powers and suffers in school, book 2 sees her getting into more trouble than she can handle and book 3 culminates the ‘black’ part of the story with a dose of romance along the way.

William Gibson – Pattern Recognition September 26, 2007

Posted by taryn in cyber punk.
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william gibson pattern recognitionAn interesting read, but not one of my favourites. The first few chapters in particular are very tough going, however, it does get better! Hold in there. Gibson writes his heroine all messed up by jet lag, feeling like her soul is twisted and left behind in the atlantic.

Cayce Pollard is a cool hunter, she has a physical aversion to brands and works for corporates vetting their design, logo development and hunt for the latest style. But, her passion is for the ‘footage’ a series of mysterious and enchanting film stills released all over the net.

Ultimately, this is a mystery, sending Cayce to London, Moscow and Tokyo in search of the elusive footage. Inspiring descriptions of cities kept me reading, but the story petered out at the end.
Check out this synopsis at the author’s website.

Gridlinked – Neal Asher September 26, 2007

Posted by taryn in best books ever, sci fi.
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Gridlinked - Neal AsherI picked up this book after reading Pmarc’s list of the top ten sci fi books of the noughties. Its well worth a try. This is another one that I couldn’t put down – I’ve had a great month of reading :)

In this world, AI’s run the universe and honestly, why would you trust any one else to?

Ian Cormac, Special Agent, has been ‘gridlinked’ for thirty years, ten over the max, and is going through serious withdrawal. He has been sent to investigate the destruction of the AI, city and ‘runcible’ on a far off way world. He is being chased by a terrorist hell bent on revenge and his team of mercenaries cum robot golems.

It’s classic spy mystery pumping action.

And the good news is – there are loads more to come.

Check out this review over at Sci Fi site.