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March Books 15) Mirrorshades

Well, after my disappointment with Again, Dangerous Visions, I'm glad that at least one classic sf anthology I've read this year has lived up to its reputation. I'm not a wild-eyed enthusiast for cyberpunk (and William Gibson's story here, "The Gernsback Continuum", which rather lacks an ending, reminded me why not) but I'm always ready to be convinced by a good story, and there are loads of them in here. I think the only one I'd read before was Sterling and Gibson's "Red Star, Winter Orbit" which is actually rather moving and nostalgic, qualities one doesn't really associate with cyberpunk (though perhaps it qualifies because of the note of libertarian triumphalism on which it ends). I was particularly gripped by James Patrick Kelly's "Solstice", which mixes Stonehenge with sex, drugs, rock'n'roll, and father-daughter cloning. But apart from my doubts about the first story, there isn't a dud in the book.


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Mar. 5th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
!15! GAH! Frankly I don't care what you have been reading, I am just insanely jealous that you have read that much of anything. That's 3 books a day. Damnit! ... nope, still too jealous to write a rational comment ... bizy ... backson
Mar. 5th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
We differ slightly here - for me, "The Gernsback Continuum" is one of the highlights of the collection, while "Rock On" is probably the weakest.
Mar. 5th, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC)
I seem to recall your commenting at Mecon (I think it was on our trip to the Bookshop at Queens) that you had been overdoing things a little with reading as many as 16 books a month. I see we are on March 5th and your book-count so far for this lunar cycle is 15.

"Awe" is too weak a word to express what I feel about your reading speed.

Mar. 5th, 2008 10:47 pm (UTC)
For me, nostalgia has been one of the defining characteristics of cyberpunk-as-practiced, as opposed to cyberpunk-as-polemic.
Mar. 6th, 2008 05:06 am (UTC)
Look, I am no reflexive defender of the cyberpunk canon, but if your problem with "The Gernsback Continuum" is that it "rather lacks an ending," you've completely missed the point.
Mar. 6th, 2008 07:11 am (UTC)
Oh, very probably. I find Gibson particularly hard to like. I've read Neuromancer several times and still cannot remember anything about the plot. I appreciate that in sf, Ideas often trump Story, but I do like a bit of Story none the less, and Gibson's striking of the balance has rarely appealed to me (I except Pattern Recognition).
Mar. 7th, 2008 07:13 am (UTC)
Am prepared to beg
I got this when it came out and it somehow vanished and I've never seen another copy on sale. So, any chance I could borrow it over a weekend or something?

Mar. 7th, 2008 08:32 am (UTC)
Re: Am prepared to beg
Sure - shame you didn't mention yesterday, as I had brought it into work by accident - but I'll try and bring it in again next week, and you can pick it up from the office.
Mar. 7th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Am prepared to beg
Thanks Nick, Just let me know and I'll be delighted to borrow it for a short while. I've always remembered it and I did read authors just because they were in the collection so I'd like to see how it all holds up against my fond memory.
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