Thursday, March 26, 2009

Eclipse 2 - Jonathan Strahan

Here's a very impressive 3.87 average. This is significantly better than the first volume, and pretty much identical in quality to Fast Forward 2, except, of course, for the cover. However, a little more variable, so less of a kick from this book. A little stronger at the top end, but weaker in the rest. The Ford story is more like a 3.25.

This time, the best is in the middle, in Ted Chiang, but the openers are the next two best stories, other than David Moles and his Cory Doctorow by way of R. Garcia y Robertson polished posthuman adventure. People may not be familiar with the latter, but has some stories online, check them out, well worth it.

Don't really expect to see Dr Doom pastiches in books like this, but Daryl Gregory delivers one.

Terry Dowling surprisingly pops up with another Wormwood story, and no less than Gardner Dozois and Rich Horton on the Asimov's forum said they found this confusing. Probably not much of a surprise if they haven't read wormwood. You can find Nobody's Fool online though, see free sf or google. However, part of the whole point of the Wormwood set of stories is that with alien invasion and terraforming existence is hopelessly complicated and scary and weird and unfathomable for most of humanity. Some of this is supposed to come through in the very dense level of strange alien Dowling tries to impart, here. I do tend to like that sort of thing.

Alastair Reynolds, apparently, can do no wrong. Also likes golden robots quite a bit, wonder how many C-3PO and other figures he has, perhaps.

A must get book.

Please webscriptionise them, so we can carry them around, given their large and expensive nature.

I'd call this book a 4.75.

Eclipse 2 : The Hero - Karl Schroeder
Eclipse 2 : Turing's Apples - Stephen Baxter
Eclipse 2 : Invisible Empire of Ascending Light - Ken Scholes
Eclipse 2 : Michael Laurits is: Drowning - Paul Cornell
Eclipse 2 : Night of the Firstlings - Margo Lanagan
Eclipse 2 : Elevator - Nancy Kress
Eclipse 2 : The Illustrated Biography of Lord Grimm - Daryl Gregory
Eclipse 2 : Exhalation - Ted Chiang
Eclipse 2 : Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom - David Moles
Eclipse 2 : The Rabbi's Hobby - Peter S. Beagle
Eclipse 2 : The Seventh Expression of the Robot General - Jeffrey Ford
Eclipse 2 : Skin Deep - Richard Parks
Eclipse 2 : Ex Cathedra - Tony Daniel
Eclipse 2 : Truth Window: A Tale of the Bedlam Rose - Terry Dowling
Eclipse 2 : Fury - Alastair Reynolds


Jessie and the Jets big moth story, Capital performance, one night only.

4.5 out of 5


Eaglets For Andromeda beam record.

4.5 out of 5


Kill Emperor? Consider It Announced.

3 out of 5


You're a Lief Saver, mate.

4 out of 5


Hickory waveries.

3 out of 5


Confined foretelling.

3.5 out of 5


Superhero invasion damage, new Doom.

4 out of 5


Brain dissection end of universe equilibrium optimism.

5 out of 5


Posthuman griefer game pullback.

4.5 out of 5


Magazine ghost girl goodbye.

4 out of 5


Just shoot me now.

3.5 out of 5


Personality pullover pyre.

3.5 out of 5


Kill my grandfather, marry my grandmother. Now, kill her, or kill the hot future wife?

3.5 out of 5


Nobody's double view.

3.5 out of 5


Galactic Emperor two suit, secret now less fishy.

4 out of 5





4.5 out of 5

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