Sep. 8th, 2018

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Didn't get through as much as I'd expect while on holiday for a week in the North York Moors because I got distracted by some coding. Aside: coding without Stack Overflow is hard :-( Anyway, in August I read:
  • A Woman of the Iron People (Eleanor Arneson): space explorers find a planet of iron-age people and send down a few people to investigate. Now, I do get this book is to some extent a commentary/investigation on our modern day anthropology, but to me it wasn't either a good story (too many "with one bound, Jack was free" type moments) or actually a particularly deep or insightful commentary on anthropology.
  • Gridlinked (Neal Asher): I got on pretty well with Asher's Transformation series (see last June for the end) so grabbed this when I saw it in a charity shop. And... it's not as good as his later stuff. I've never particularly liked military fiction and while the Transformation series did go into that kind of stuff, the rest of it was interesting as well. Here, the military bits are still there, but the plot and the rest of the writing aren't there to support it.
  • Extracted (R. R. Haywood): invent a time travel machine, "extract" three people from different times for... something. The "something" is revealed pretty early on, but the book then just drags on... and on.... and on.... through a fairly interminable slog with one of the characters. Chop that out, reduce the book to a third of its size and this would have been a much better novel. (Oh, and the physicist in me insists any time travel novel at least has to try and deal with the paradox issues. Hand-waving it away along the lines of "nah, let's not try that" really doesn't work).


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