Neil Stephenson’s ‘Baroque Cycle’ is huge. That’s no hyperbole; three volumes, each weighing in at around 900 pages. A big story, and no mistake. Continue reading (Multiple) Book Review: Neal Stephenson’s ‘Baroque Cycle’
(See pictures from this show by Stuart Leech here).
First up are Stranger In Moscow, who launch immediately into a big fast racket like a motorway pile-up. Continue reading Gig Review: Devil’s Roadshow, 16/10/05, The Wedgewood Rooms
Hey blog-fans, sorry for the lack of updates, but I’ve been fairly busy. One of the things I’ve been doing is reviewing bands (Editors and more, on Monday 11th for example). Check out my reviews for The Wessex Chapter of the Fly Magazine here. This was a busy gig, as I’m sure the hard working Wedge staff would testify…
This week also saw me saying goodbye to the Rock And Roll Fridgefreezer, whose faulty thermostat was no longer tolerable. Got rid of loads of drap from the flat also, which has made a little space around here. Excellent. Goodbye, Fridge of Rock…
And look what came in the mail today…
…online shopping! Fun, but expensive in the long run!
So, more witty and sharp commentary on the odder parts of life at the weekend, if you’re lucky. Heh.
‘Looking for Jake’ is Mieville’s first collection of shorter works, netted in from the last seven or eight years of work he’s had published. It’s quite diverse within the scope of horror and fantasy writing, ranging from edgey stories of urban paranoia (‘An End to Hunger’), through ‘mystery package’ stories a la Jorge Luis Borges, but beginning and ending in what I take to be the same cataclysm of London shown in two pieces, a story and a novella (‘Looking for Jake’ and ‘The Tain’). There is also a short but messy tale of revenge among the underworld of Mieville’s best-known creation, New Crobuzon (‘Jack’).
An enjoyable collection, but in my opinion he writes better at novel length. These tales are good, but not scintillating, but this is forgivable seeing as there are few writers who can excel at both shorts and novels. One for the fans, but maybe not the best intro for a newbie.
One of my favourite pub-rant topics is the old ‘look beyond the talking heads’ trope. Continue reading Lies, damn lies and ‘science fiction’ stories