30 Apr 2022


Agency, William Gibson

Given his utter hold on how people interact with technology and thus how technology seizes our imagination, I am awed by Gibson's consistent mastery of narrating love.

As on the third time through Neuromancer I understood the book was about the pain of losing Molly, so with Agency I was hit by speed and power with which the relationship between Verity and Eunice takes grip, and how suddenly absence hurts.

Plus cool robots.

15 Mar 2022

Spook Country

Spook Country, William Gibson

This man does not need to write about the future to be visionary (though we already knew that from The Difference Engine).

Gibson is not an SF writer; he is a writer. And what we love about his writing is: its precise brevity, its heart-racing mechanics and its literary breadth.

Funny thing is I usually forget most of them. Love the martial-art style action here that he pulls off as if you were watching a movie.

Love the language, both narrative and dialogue, purified to its essence.

And one thing that struck me that I've observed before but not thought about: if you are reading any piece of any other fiction or non-fiction in parallel to reading Gibson where you come across some obsure fact, it's likely that you will find at least some of those facts in Gibson. Case in point: volapuk. Why did the first time I've heard of this thing immediately become the second time I've heard of this thing? Because I was also reading Gibson, and he's heard of everything.

1 Mar 2022

The Lincoln Lawyer

The Lincoln Lawyer, Michael Connelly

Catching up on a book I picked up at uncle's place and did not finish.


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon

Glad to have read it. Sad and a bit heart-wrenching yet easy.

4 Jan 2022

Project Hail Mary

Project Hail Mary, Andy Weir


27 Dec 2021

Harrow the Ninth

Harrow the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir

I am coming to the realization that reading once through this series sequentially does not constitute having "read" it.

It's like. Each word is vast. It is meticulous although it is channelling some gigantic superhuman force that clearly thwarts meticulosity. And its narrative is clearly pushing towards some monumental revelation.

But it resists being read cover-to-cover; I believe it must be un-covered. Ie., there is too much to remember to understand what has happened by the time it's over. I read it on Kindle, but I am mulling paper copies so I can navigate quicker.

In short, I'm very glad to have found these books, but having finished I'm not sure if I have actually read them.