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Below are the most recent 3 friends' journal entries.
|Saturday, March 8th, 2014|
Here's a Scottish Book Trust podcast
in which I talk with Ryan Van Winkle about Descent
. Kirsty Logan and Tim Sinclair are on before me, also talking about their new books.
I have a review of The Science Fiction Handbook
, edited by Nick Hubble and Aris Mousoutzanis (Bloomsbury, 2013) in the Morning Star
. Basically I outline the history of SF criticism as I understand it and then heartily recommend the book, which I have read and have already started lending to students.
|Tuesday, March 4th, 2014|
|Descent launch at Blackwell's
My novel Descent
/ sample here
) is being launched at Edinburgh's fine bookshop Blackwell's
on Thursday 6 March. Details:
Date: Thursday 6th March
Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS
I'll be reading from the novel and answering questions and generally talking about it. I've described Descent
as being 'about flying saucers, hidden races, and Antonio Gramsci's concept of passive revolution, all set in a tale of Scottish middle class family life in and after the Great Depression of the 21st Century. Almost mainstream fiction, really.'
The event finishes at 8 pm, and no doubt discussion will continue in one or more of the local pubs.
This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop or by phoning 0131 622 8218
For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ellie Wixon on
0131 622 8222 or email@example.com
|Saturday, February 22nd, 2014|
|Lynch, Scott: (03) The Republic of Thieves
The Republic of Thieves is the third book in Scott Lynch's Gentlemen Bastard series. I'm glad to be able to say that it does indeed feel like a Gentlemen Bastard book, despite the long wait for it. Unfortunately, because it's also the third of seven books, it's hard for me to assess fully; even though the individual episode this book is concerned with is wrapped up, some major things are set up in this book that won't shake out for a while, it seems.
This suffers from being a middle book in another way: it has to live with the prior decision to keep Sabetha off-screen until now. Since she is the woman who Locke has never gotten over, the anticipation of her arrival was moderately high. But because she was absent in the prior flashback portions, it's hard to fit her into Locke and Jean's past; and because a lot of her and Locke's conflict then and now is about Locke not understanding her, it's pretty hard work getting a full picture of her character when most of their interactions are from his point of view.
I enjoyed the shenanigans of the main plot just fine (influencing an election), though at one point the characters were forced to be very stupid in order to keep the plot moving, which is always regrettable. But I'm very dubious about the major elements this book introduces to resolve another day; they could be fine, or they could be stunningly awful, and my guess is that we may have to wait a long time to find out which (in terms of number of books, not years). That's not the kind of narrative suspense that I personally favor, probably because I'm getting older and more cynical.