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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Earthquakes!!

Next up, following on nicely from the James Blish environmental disaster story in 3 For Tomorrow below I'm going to read Richter 10 by Arthur C.Clarke and Mike McQuay. OK so Clarke only provided an 800 page synopsis and the author MQuay died just after the book was complete, but I'll give it a go!
Well I finished this book yesterday (5 January) and it wasnt bad. The first part of the book introduces the characters-Lewis Crane, the emotionally scarred and partially disabled seismologist who survives an Earthquake attack aged 7 in 1997, his asistant Dan Newcombe who is working on his own project, and Lanie King, the de facto love interest. We also meet Islamic fundamentalists and Chinese enterpeneurs and the middle section gets a bit bogged down with politicing-I was beginning to get bored with it all-but then it picked up as more Earthquakes were predicted and Crane's staus became ever more elevated as we enter the mid 21st century. Things get heated up quickly until we reach the strangely uplifting conclusion. Not a bad read-certainly better than I was expecting!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Another cool book haul!

Got this from bookmooch this morning-possibly my last book haul for 2009!

Vertigo by Bob Shaw

Thursday, December 17, 2009

3 nice book hauls!

Took a trip into town yesterday to spend some of my birthday money and droped into the book stall on the market! After a good rummage I found a couple of classic SF paperbacks, Tau Zero by Poul Anderson which I've been after for ages and The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin, an author I've yet to read! Deciding I was done I turned around and saw a huge book with the name Arthur C Clarke on it, it was The Snows of Olympus and I had to have it!




















Quite appropriate as it would have been his 92nd birthday yesterday!
Long live Sir Arthur!

Monday, December 14, 2009

3 Tomorrows!




















Next up an anthology based on an idea by Clarke, an idea of how our future might go drastically wrong!
In this book we have  3 novellas;
How it was When the Past Went Away by Robert Silverberg
The Eve of RUMOKO by Roger Zelazny
We All Die Naked by James Blish

The Zelazny piece will be the first work of his I've read.
Well I read the Silverberg story, very good story about a city brought to its knees by an amnesia epidemic!
Now onto the Zelazny piece...which has a strange, fast paced style similar to the Stainless Steel Rat books of Harry Harisson-but the dialogue is very choppy-I'm not sure I enjoyed that one.
Then Blish's We All Die Naked. It seems they saved the best till last with this book-it is a true Earth disaster story with a very abrupt and unusual ending!