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Original Essays | June 20, 2014

Lauren Owen: IMG The Other Vampire



It's a wild and thundery night. Inside a ramshackle old manor house, a beautiful young girl lies asleep in bed. At the window, a figure watches... Continue »

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Halting State by Charles Stross
Halting State

pdxread, April 2, 2008

Wow. Crime, computers, role-playing games -- all set in a future that may not be any more appealing than our current version but seems distinctly plausible.

The narrative is in second person — very much like game instructions — and point of view switches from a sergeant, to a contract programmer, to a forensic accountant trying to unravel the problem. Separately, together, in real life, and inside the game they try to decode the puzzles and in the process give us a look at what everyday life may be like in a couple of decades.

This book is intelligent, interesting, and intricate -- and you won't be able to stop reading it.
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First Among Sequels (Thursday Next Mysteries #05) by Jasper Fforde
First Among Sequels (Thursday Next Mysteries #05)

pdxread, April 1, 2008

It's amazing to have different versions of Thursday Next -- don't we all wonder what we would have been like if we'd been "written" a slightly different way? I was especially intrigued to find them discussing the movement of pianos within Jane Austen at the same time I was watching the Masterpiece series of Austen's novels on PBS.
This is very good Fforde -- if you haven't read the others, start with The Eyre Affair and read right on to this one.
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