Posted by : atcampbell | On : July 20, 2004

Singularity Sky by Charles Stross

Fifteen people showed up for the discussion of Stross’s first novel published in book form (a previous novel was serialized). Two people had not read the book and five had not finished.

Comments ranged from “The best book we’ve ever read,” to “I’m surprised it made the Hugo [nomination] list.” We found this post-cyberpunk space opera surprisingly complex for its length. The conflict begins when an artificial intelligence called The Festival drops telephones on a repressed pseudo-Russian

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Posted by : atcampbell | On : July 6, 2004

Hidden Warrior by Lynn Flewelling

Of the ten people who showed up for this discussion of the second book in the Tamir Trilogy, seven had read the book and one still had to finish it. Seven people had read Flewelling’s work previously, and seven (not all the same seven) had read the previous volume, The Bone Doll’s Twin.

In the second book, Tobin, the second heir to the throne of Skala, now knows that he (Flewelling uses male pronouns for Tobin until nearly the end of the book) is really a girl and was given his twin brother’s shape by dark magic. Throughout this book Tobin trains as a warrior and deals with the problems of coming of age

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