Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,

April Books 24) Generosity, by Richard Powers

To be honest I was a little underwhelmed by this book, set in the present day, featuring an Algerian refugee living in Chicago who turns out to have been genetically programmed for permanent happiness and ends up fleeing her own sudden celebrity. I thought it was charming enough but not terribly profound, and the author's appearances in parentheses wondering about what he will write next seemed to me rather precious. At least it's not very long.

That means I've now read all six shortlisted novels for this year's Arthur C. Clarke Award (which will be announced on Wednesday). They fall pretty easily into three categories:

Underwhelming - Generosity, by Richard Powers, and Lightborn, by Tricia Sullivan

Good, but seem odd inclusions on the shortlist - Monsters of Men, by Patrick Ness and Declare, by Tim Powers

Excellent, and I hope one of them wins: Zoo City, by Lauren Beukes and The Dervish House, by Ian McDonald. Local pride would incline me towards The Dervish House. Good luck to 'em all.
Tags: bookblog 2011

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