Was away from home for nine days. My parents’ computer isn’t worth using and I can’t be bothered to do my usual web stuff on my phone, so it’s been nicely relaxing to not know anything about what’s happened in the world and such while reading a fair number of books, even if it was, as always, mostly rereads.
Pattern Recognition by Gibson. One of my favourites of his, mainly because of the atmosphere.
The Peripheral also by Gibson. I wasn’t so taken with it the first time I read it some three or four years ago, partly because it does that thing where it throws a lot of terms and slang and whatnot at you and then, once you figure out what they mean, it all becomes clear, but I didn’t think it did it very well and it went on for way too long. It works better when rereading it and it’s pretty entertaining.
The big finale with the villains and stuff still feels pretty lacking, though. Not quite sure what it is, but it doesn’t have much impact and I kind of feel like all the main characters got off a bit lightly. On the other hand, I’m not so fond of authors killing off main characters either (not when it’s someone I like, at least), so I don’t know.
Look To Windward by Banks. Also a favourite and it still works very well.
Made me wish I’d brought more Banks novels (I only have paper copies of his books and my backpack was already rather full).
Imaginary Cities by Darran Anderson. Hadn’t read it before (for a change) and I don’t often read non-fiction anymore, but it’s worth reading. It does have sort of the same ‘problem’ as some of Umberto Eco’s books, both his fiction and non-fiction, in that you get hit by kind of a reference overload and you could spend days looking up stuff on wikipedia and fall down endless rabbitholes. I didn’t look anything up (partly because I didn’t feel like doing it on my phone), but there’s certainly a lot in there that’s highly interesting.
A Hat Full of Sky by Pratchett. Very pleasant and made me wish I’d brought more Tiffany Aching books.
Then I ran out of paper books and I hadn’t put any newer stuff on my E-reader, so I had to resort to rereading stuff I’d reread even more times than the books above.
The Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn. Still okay, though I still feel like maybe Thrawn loses a bit often considering what a genius he’s supposed to be, but eh. Zahn does a good job of making his characters interesting (except maybe for a certain Jedi master who’s rather two-dimensional, but I suppose there’s a sort of explanation for that. -ish).
Then I reread the first seven books of the Mortal Engines series by Reeves. Still feel he’s too cruel to Hester Shaw (her behaviour feels a bit off when she does the great betrayal, I think, though perhaps that’s just because I want her to do something else).
Fever Crumb is a good character too (I should find out if there’s more books about her than the three I have).
And now I’m rererereading the first of the Lost Fleet books by Campbell. And it still manages to be entertaining after 6-7-8 rereads.