Thursday, August 30, 2007

Cities - Peter Crowther

This book includes four novellas. China Mieville takes a look at a bleak, blasted out London full of not very nice things. Avatars of death and politics collide in Paul Di Filipo's A Year in the Linear City, which is really quite good. Ryman's V A O is shorter, and not as interesting. A 3.25 average for this one by worth the benefit of the doubt.

Cities : A Year in the Linear City - Paul Di Filippo
Cities : The Tain - China Miéville
Cities : Firing the Cathedral [Jerry Cornelius] - Michael Moorcock
Cities : V.A.O. - Geoff Ryman - na PS Publishing, 2002

Any transport is slow, in this city. Or, what happens when it takes
years to travel around the city you live in? Quite interesting, but
short. The main character is actually a SF writer. The other odd thing
thrown in, is that there is an actual avatar of Death, so something you
don't want to see. With a city that is millions and millions of blocks
long, achieving political nogoodnikness is quite problematic.

3.5 out of 5

Bleak, blasted out London full of not very nice things.

3.5 out of 5

Of most interest to me is yet another outing for the fabled Jerry Cornelius. In Firing the Catherdral, Moorcock is attempting a scatching satirical take on our post 9/11 type world, as seen by all the newspaper quotes at the start of chapters, from both 2002 and also from decades in the past.

Jerry is running around doing his thing, happy to be back and functioning. So is the omnipresent Una Persson, travelling at Jerry's side for much of the time. The usual brothers, sisters, bishops and even Colonel Pyat make an appearance. It is ok, but maybe more than a touch heavyhanded, at times.

3.5 out of 5

Age Rage and dodgy blokes.

3 out of 5

3.5 out of 5

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