« on: January 10, 2015, 06:43:02 pm »
I recently finished William Gibson's The Peripheral. I think it lived up to the hype.
I also read Stephen Johnson's How We Got to Now, which was certainly worthwhile but was somewhat diminished by the fact that I had somehow managed to read about a quarter of the book in the form of excerpts in magazines already. It's a good book with a great idea -- pick a vague topic and then follow the history properly (thus avoiding lingering on larger than life mythic figures), producing a story about the topic rather than a story about the people who interacted with the topic during a particular period of its development. The book was a little too short for my taste. I look forward to seeing the TV show that goes with the book, as soon as it gets stuck on netflix.
I started Richard Kadrey's Metrophage, but I think I'm going to need to put it down and read something else for a while, because it seems like it's going to require more intense focus to follow than the other things I've been reading.
In the queue, I have:
- Shovel Ready by Adam Sternberg
- The Six-Gun Tarot by R. S. Belcher
- The last three books in the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya series, by Nagaru Tanigawa -- these three came out in Japan after the first book got published in the United States, and so they are the only ones I haven't read in unofficial translations.