Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,
Nicholas
nwhyte

January Books 23) The Turing Test, by Chris Beckett

As a fan of Beckett's stories back when I still read Interzone (must pick that up again) and a booster of his first novel, The Holy Machine, I was delighted to hear that this collection had won a major prize, and made sure to get my hands on a copy. As I had hoped and expected, it is very good; I like Beckett's writing for the same reason I like Brian Aldiss, that very English way of looking askance at the world as it is and as it could be. Particular gems here include the fading provincial horrors of "Monsters", "Karel's Prayer" which is a Philip K. Dick piece for our times, and "The Marriage of Sky and Sea" whose unpleasant protagonist gets exactly what he asks for. There's also a flattering introduction by Alastair Reynolds. Well worth hunting down.
Tags: bookblog 2010, writer: chris beckett
Subscribe

  • December 2010 books, and 2010 books roundup

    This is the latest post in a series I started in late 2019, anticipating the twentieth anniversary of my bookblogging which will fall in 2023. Every…

  • November 2010 Books

    This is the latest post in a series I started in late 2019, anticipating the twentieth anniversary of my bookblogging which will fall in 2023. Every…

  • October 2010 books

    This is the latest post in a series I started in late 2019, anticipating the twentieth anniversary of my bookblogging which will fall in 2023. Every…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 1 comment