October 13th, 2009

breaking bad

House of Suns

I just finished House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds. I loved it. That's two big modern SF novels in the last few weeks (on audio - the other was Transition by Iain Banks) and both have been terrific fun. I listen to them when I walk home from work in the evening, and I have found myself looking at the clock in eager anticipation of another chapter. In contrast (having finished House of Suns) I have started Oryx and Crake, and it's well-written but I am not thinking right now 'ooh, an hour from now I get the next chapter'.

Therefore, as I have just had a stressful day at work and I need to give myself a treat, here is a big review of the book I have enjoyed so much.
"There is a Golden Hour between life and death. If you are critically injured you have less than 60 minutes to survive. You might not die right then; it may be three days or two weeks later -- but something has happened in your body that is irreparable." (R Adams Cowley)

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