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Book Round Up: Delany, Duncan, Bagshawe

Samuel R Delany - The Einstein Intersection (1967)
Lobey is the innocent abroad, the youth who must find himself. He will find that life and death are not what he thought they were, with the help of Jean Harlow, Christ, Orpheus and Billy the Kid. The book is self-consciously 'literary' in a way that most science fiction of the time was not.
This novel works well as a period piece now. It is also one of those particular books by one of those authors that I credit with opening my mind to other worlds and ways of seeing than those I was brought up in. I hope due credit is given to the science fiction field as a place that allowed people like Delany to come with a different voice to the conversation?

Dave Duncan - Impossible Odds (2003)
Another chronicle of the King's Blades. This one involved a failed Blade getting involved in a royal substitution plot. Duncan dedicates the book: "To the memory of Rudolf Rassendyll, who showed the way". This was quite fun, as always, but I think that for me these may be wearing out their welcome.

Louise Bagshawe - Sparkles (2006)
Chick Lit found on a bedside table. This was appalling tosh - I kept reading thinking it couldn't possible be that bad, but it was. It involved characters characterised and scenes described almost solely by brand names, developed an incoherent plot to a rushed conclusion, and didn't even manage to be sexy, funny or heart-warming.

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vicarage
26th Mar, 2009 12:02 (UTC)
Louse Bagshawe is a great name, I support you'll disillusion me by saying its a typo
coth
27th Mar, 2009 10:43 (UTC)
You were right, alas!
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