Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Madeline Ashby / Company Town / The Good Stuff / Heavens To Murgatroyd

I Love Madeline Ashby
Her Machine Dynasty books knocked me over
Company Town owned my head space, start to finish

The near future setting
An Off-Shore Oil Rig / City
A future of Corporate States
Bio-engineered human enhancements
Lots of mystery
A serial killer

Hwa, the young protagonist
She has no enhancements
Totally organic
Morally sound
Conflicted as hell
Yippee Ki Yay Ki Yo
A Cowboy's dream girl, fer shur

Warning
Pick a time, Any time
Company Town will own you, start to finish


Music
Ten Songs From Live At Carnegie Hall
Ryan Adams

Robert Kroese / The Big Sheep / Delightfully Strange Nior Romp

Saw the Cover, Read the title, Had two thoughts
Raymond Chandler, Philip K. Dick
Was not disappointed

An homage?  /   A homage?
The debate continues
No debate about the book
Definitely An/A Homage to both authors

The Near Future 2039
Absolutely believable
The city partitioned
Keeping the have-not's at bay
And at war with one another
(Yes, Like now, without the partitions)

The Mystery? Very Mysterious
A pretty girl, (Super Star Actress)
A really big Sheep (That probably dreams)
And Clones, Lots of Clones
A very Quirky Detective
Partnered with a Hard Boiled Straight Man
(Need I mention Cynicism, Plenty of Cynicism)

Robert Kroese, The Big Sheep


Music
True Sadness, Avett Brothers

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Lian Hearn / Emperor Of The Eight Islands / Terrific Japanese Historical Fantasy

Lian Hearn, pseudonym, for Gillian Rubinstein
Knows her Japanese History
She knows her cultures
She knows the little things
That make her stories rich with detail
All this, and in no way pedantic

Emperor of the Eight Islands
Book 1 of The Tale of Shikanoko
So rich with characters, you like/need the list
Characters you enjoy getting to know
Characters you get invested in

This is a sprawling tale
War, Conquest, Mystery and Mayhem
Protagonists you willingly follow anywhere
Characters complex enough to make you wonder

Feudal Japan writ large
A little romance, but as it should be
Complicated

Family values
As complicated as feudal Japan can be

Loyalties? Dynamic
Always Interesting


Music
Cleopatra by the Lumineers

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Malka Older / Infomocracy / Where Politics May Be Headed / A Screamer

What the heck is post-cyberpunk?
Oh, Not plugged in, Nose to the screens
Like, where some live right now
Add a Meta Mega Overload of Data

This near future thriller is superb
No nation-states, no corporate-states
Just lots and lots of 100K population mini Democracy's

I was coasting along
A character says something like
"Your vote really counts" (oh sure, really)
The book owned me

Not going to give the machinations away
It's just too good to spoil
This is terrific Science Fiction
Think
Human Condition blazing on a false background

Malka Older, remember the name, may he write more Soon
Infomocracy, not to be missed

Loved Ken Liu's back cover blurb
"Smart. ambitious, bursting with provocative extrapolations,
Infomocracy is the big-data-big-ideas-tecnoanalytical-microdemoglobal-post-everything
polotical thriller we've been waiting for."


Music, let there be music in your life
Detour by Cindy Lauper
Mighty fine Classic, old school, Country Music

Monday, June 13, 2016

Charlie Anders / All The Birds In The Sky / Outstanding Entertainment

Right out of the box
Charlie Anders brings the mail
All the Birds in the Sky is a delight

Hip, Literate, Esoteric
I am at a loss for words

Want a smile on your face?
Read All the Birds in the Sky


Music
Born To Play Guitar by Buddy Guy