Tentacles The SF Reviews newsletter, 11th December 2001
Quite a few reviews have been uploaded to the www.sfreviews.com this
month. They are mostly of new books - the old stuff is temporarily
inaccessible, but securely-stored, back in Wings One and Two far, far
away from where I am now.
The absolute best books this month were
I've been waiting most of this year to get hold of "Falling Stars"
the concluding book in Flynn's magnificent series. It was well
worth the wait. You must read this series.
"Marrow" by Robert Reed was a total surprise. I had expected something
along the lines of "Sector General" by James White, but after about an
hour of inattentive reading realised that it was a stunning work, and
it will become a classic of SF. There's so much invention
packed into this big, exciting book. The novel gives such an amazing
sense of scale, both in the vast size of the ship itself and in the
immense time span over which our heroes, including the lovely Washen,
"Wizerd" is the second novel in the Gaea trilogy. It's the best, but it
has to be read as part of the series. It's a mere twenty-two years old
but certainly holds up better than I do.
This month I've been a little amused to see the marketing for "K-PAX"
movie. I read the book last year and didn't think much of it. I guess
it's an SF story for people that don't read SF. It'll probably turn out
to be another ET, and people will discuss it at dinner parties, and I'll
sit there silently thinking "read some real SF so you know what you're
talking about and where the hell's the Tequila anyway". The latter part
being pretty normal for me at dinner parties, as it happens.
As for the web-site itself, I've made some minor changes primarily to
improve it's display on Netscape and Opera browsers. The site is
undergoing a redesign to drag it into the 21st Century, or at least
brighten it up a little. I've been stung into action by faithful
subscriber "Jane" who commented on the "murky green" background.
OK, here are the latest uploads.
Well that's all for now. Let me know what you think about the
reviews and the site.