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March Books 43) Halting State

43) Halting State, by Charles Stross

And so I start my reading of this year's Hugo nominees (and am also now nearly finished Brasyl). I really enjoyed it a lot, though admittedly not every reader's experience will be enhanced as mine was by discussing bits of background for the sequel with the author over the weekend. It's a melding of genres, police procedural and cyberpunk, set in the Edinburgh of an independent Scotland in a few years' time. The narrative voice is striking - three different viewpoint characters, but all told in the second person, as (quite deliberately) in a computer game. There are nods to all kinds of sf taproot texts, and an unnerving background theme of questioning reality. And Charlie's prose seems somehow more under control than I can remember from any of his other books. My Hugo reading is off to a good start.

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peaceful_fox
Mar. 31st, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
Stross is on my list of "to be read". Thank you for posting the Hugo nominees list. I may also dip into those soon.
girfan
Mar. 31st, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
Where did you see him?
I saw him the weekend before: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25112821@N06/2366769641/
nwhyte
Apr. 1st, 2008 03:56 am (UTC)
At P-Con in Dublin!
bellinghman
Apr. 1st, 2008 10:52 am (UTC)
It was only when I was chatting to him, and asked 'OK, the second person, fun, interesting stunt writing, but why?' that I found out the reason.

And then I kicked myself.
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