Thursday, 29 April 2010

Foutering bout Fiction

China Mieville's won his 3rd Arthur C. Clarke award for his recent novel The City, The City - it's a entertaining crime fantasy set in two overlapping cities but isn't quite up to the Perdido Street Station standard. Ta io9

Just finished Gene Wolfe's latest novel The Sorcerer's House. It's a much better read than his previous An Evil Guest. It's a contemporary urban fantasy closer I'd say to his Castleview or There Are Doors than anything else. I won't spoil the plot but it starts when a recently released ex-con called Baxter Dunn inherits a strange, rundown old house with plenty of secrets.

If you're not a fan of Wolfe already here's a nice little guide to reading his works from Neil Gaiman coincidentally whom Wolfe dedicates The Sorcerer's House too.

His book, The Book of The New Sun, gets a highly favourable review from The Guardian, asking if it's scifi's equivalent of Ulysses? Yes is my answer.

Want a moook? I think you do and I think you want the one called The City of the Godbrain.

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