The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett

It was interesting enough that I kept reading but just didn't quite grab me. Perhaps it is not quite my genre; a little too much romance and family drama for my tastes. Plus. lots of interesting philosophical questions bouncing around but not a lot of answers and at the expense of the plot and character development.

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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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