Review: The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

I am somewhat torn as to my reaction. I really enjoyed it for about 75% but then it felt like it was dragging a bit. But no sooner had I begun to feel that, it cranked up the tension and I stayed up late to finish it. I guess I am more on the positive (some nearly gushing) reviews spectrum than I am on the negative. But, perhaps because I am not all that knowledgeable about science fiction or speculative fiction, I can't quite see the profound and literary masterpiece some have found.

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Paul Di Filippo on The Human Division

Entertainingly exemplifying the maxim that "All diplomacy is a continuation of war by other means," The Human Division is the type of intelligently crafted and inventive military-political science fiction that reminds us that though we might be able to pinpoint a genre's takeoff point, nobody can predict how far it will fly.

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The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate by Ted Chiang

One of the ways I attempt to prevent my book addiction from bankrupting me is by picking up books at library sales and clearance sections.  You get the job of buying a book with a lot lower cost. One such pick-up was The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate by Ted Chiang.  Seemed like a good fit for me: short novella set in exotic location with a philosophical/religious bent. Here is the blurb: In medieval Baghdad, a penniless man is brought before the most powerful man in the world, the...

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The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate by Ted Chiang

One of the ways I attempt to prevent my book addiction from bankrupting me is by picking up books at library sales and clearance sections.  You get the job of buying a book with a lot lower cost. One such pick-up was The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate by Ted Chiang.  Seemed like a good fit for me: short novella set in exotic location with a philosophical/religious bent. Here is the blurb: In medieval Baghdad, a penniless man is brought before the most powerful man in the world, the...

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Wool by Hugh Howey

I picked up this little gem after someone recommended it on Facebook.  I like short, unique stories and this seemed to fit the bill. Here is the blurb: Thousands of them have lived underground. They’ve lived there so long, there are only legends about people living anywhere else. Such a life requires rules. Strict rules. There are things that must not be discussed. Like going outside. Never mention you might like going outside. Or you’ll get what you wish for. Hmm, sounds...

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