First up: I want to express my gratitude to everyone who has read, liked, linked or commented. Thank you. My best wishes for the new year!
I’ve read 54 titles in 2016, and reviewed 52. Below are the ones I enjoyed most, in no particular order. Click on the covers for the review. After the books, music.
Posted in Lists, Other
Tagged 2016, Fantasy, Favorite, Graham Lambkin, Keith Rowe, Lists, Michael Pisaro, Science Fiction, SFF books, Speculative Fiction, The Room Extended, year end lists
On the final page of the final story – the title story – Gibson envisions a possible future for prostitution.
The customers are torn between needing someone and wanting to be alone at the same time, which has probably always been the name of that particular game, even before we had the neuroelectronics to enable them to have it both ways.
It struck me how much reading books satisfies the same urge: wanting to be alone and needing someone at the same time.
Burning Chrome‘s 10 stories are populated by Gibson’s usual kind of characters, and deal with Gibson’s usual themes – although I probably shouldn’t make a sweeping statement like that, as I’ve only read two Gibson novels so far: Neuromancer & Virtual Light. Those two reading experiences weren’t fully successful, but reading this collection was, 100%.
The stories were published between 1977 and 1986, and are rather short: about 15 pages each, and not one of them above 30 pages. They fly by like a breeze, snappy, in prose that’s top notch. Here’s Gibson – in the voice of a photographer – on some building:
I shot one in San Jose an hour before the bulldozers arrived and drove right through the structural truth of plaster and lathing and cheap concrete.
That sentence alone should convince you.
Posted in Reviews
Tagged 1980s, Burning Chrome, Burning Chrome and other stories, cyberpunk, Johnny Mnemonic, Lists, Review, Science Fiction, short fiction, Sprawl Trilogy, William Gibson
My reading of non-fiction books has plummeted the last 2 years. Today, I tend to only read articles. Nevertheless, I think the listed titles will continue to have an appeal in the foreseeable future. This list excludes philosophy books, as those will get a favorite list of its own.
Books are listed by publication year, youngest first. Click on the covers to go to the Goodreads page for the books.
Posted in Lists
Tagged Anthony Braxton, Best non-fiction, Brian Greene, Favorite, Frans de Waal, Joshua Greene, Lists, Noam Chomsky, Non-fiction, Science, The Flexible Phenotype
Alphabetically on author. Reviewed books are hyperlinked. Non-reviewed books will get a reread & review somewhere in the future. I’ll limit this list to 25, so if I’ll add a book later on, I’ll bump another title out.
Alphabetically on author. Reviewed books are hyperlinked. Non-reviewed books will get a reread & review somewhere in the distant future.
I will add more lists in the following months…
favorite science fiction
Posted in Listindex
First and foremost, let me start with a big thank you to all who read, liked, shared or commented since I started this whole thing in October. My best wishes for 2016!
I’ve read 52 books this year, and reviewed 50. Below are the 10ish best. Click on the covers for the review.