Thursday, August 18, 2011

Brave And Violent New Genre / Bugpunk

Kameron Hurley is not a squeamish writer
God's War is something very new
Steam does not run this civialization
Bugs are the powerhouse here
Bugs run everything, lights, cars, magic...
This story does not flinch
Diversity of proclivities rules the day
If you tread lightly, don't tread here
The societal setting is very Near Eastern
Muslim oppressors rule the lands
The war between states has no foreseeable end
Men are utterly, completely, totally disposable
The strong female protagonist has much to learn
I could not put it aside
The lessons of war were so well played
The well envisioned and built world
Gave a clear pallet to see what was to be seen
The wages of war were clearly muddled

Something new to you in music
Jimmie Dale Gilmore / Come On Back
Jimmy with his pal, Joe Ely, cover some notables
The pun was so not intended, I'm leaving it (sic)


Saturday, August 13, 2011

I Have Lost Sleep / I Am Dread / I Am Foreboding / I Am Not Happy

Directive 51 scared me silly
Too plausible, Too possible, Too scary
I love apocalyptic stories
Can't get enough of, the end
How will we go down
How will we behave
I now know one more possible way
I am struck dumb
John Barnes
Directive 51, fraught with fear and foreboding
Don't miss it, Don't miss the Daybreak novels
The sequel, Daybreak Zero is available
It's not just about rebuilding
It's not over
It's a big mess and getting messier
There may be no end to Daybreak
Time and good story telling will tell, I hope

Music with an apropos title
Steve Earle
I'll Never Get Out OF This World Alive

Monday, August 8, 2011

Billed As Space Opera, Read Like Very, Very Good Hard Science Fiction

Publishers, go figure, what are they thinking?
Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey is so good
The publisher splashed a big quote across the book
"It's been too long since we've had a really kickass space opera"
-George R. R. Martin"
The story is so much more than k/a space opera
This book may be operatic, but it's loaded with Hard SF
It's loaded with science
How and Where we are going to live
The politics and social dynamic of how we will live
And so much more
Bottom Line: A Blistering Read

Music worth mentioning a second time
I suspect you did not listen to it
Robbie Robertson / How To Become Clairvoyant
You can thank me later, or not