Utopian SF

SF readers, check out this essay in the Boston Globe Ideas section, by Joshua Glenn – Back to utopia. It’s mainly about the critic Fredric Jameson, and his views on Philip K. Dick, Samuel R. Delany and utopian ideas in modern sf. More on utopian fiction by Jameson, an essay – The Politics of Utopia. …

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The Last Spike

Wikipedia’s start page lists anniversaries, selected from a main entry listing events on that date in history. For November 7, 2005, the selections from the general November 7 entry include the beginning of the 1917 October Revolution in Russia (it was October on the Julian calendar in Russia), the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge …

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Elementary Particles

The Elementary Particles is a novel in French by Michel Houellebecq, published in 1998. The English translation by Frank Wynne was published in 2000 and released in the UK as Atomised, elsewhere as The Elementary Particles, and is regarded as a brilliant literary and intellectual novel. Houellebecq was awarded the prestigious French literary award, the …

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Master & Commander

A comprehensive historical and literary review of the work of Patrick O’Brien – the Aubrey and Maturin novels in the New Criterion by Robert Messenger. O’Brien is one of my favourite writers. This review emphasizes some of the history. I like the novels in which Maturin has the chance to act on his interests as …

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Early Winter 2004

I read a few mysteries and reviewed them at Blogcritics. “Bad Business” by Robert B. Parker – the latest Spenser, and “The Last Good Day” by Gail Bowen, the latest in the Joanne Kilbourn series. I enjoyed them. “Poisoned Cherries” by Quentin Jardine was trashy. I wrote some music and movie reviews too. Canadian folk …

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The Enemy

I read and enjoyed “The Enemy,” the newest novel in the Jack Reacher series of adventure/mystery novels by Lee Child. My review is posted at the Blogcritics.org site.