April 6, 2018

What have I been reading?

One author I keep returning to is Richard Russo: Nobody’s Fool, Everybody’s Fool, Empire Falls, The Risk Pool and The Bridge of Sighs are among my favorite novels. Nobody’s Fool and Empire Falls have been turned into first-rate movies. Yet there is also something about Russo's books that makes me uneasy. It's not that Russo could be called the Norman Rockwell of fiction, because that'd be unfair. If my livelihood depended on it – for example, if it were my job to review books – I’d have to come up with a post-hoc rationalization for that feeling. Fortunately, it doesn’t and therefore I won’t. 

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is an entertaining science fiction novel, but not a particularly good one. The whole concept feels like the author looked for a way to cash in on his extensive knowledge of 1980s pop culture. The only reason why I'm still going to watch the movie is because it's directed by Stephen Spielberg.

Finally, here's a list of my favorite science fiction novels (inspired by this): 

 1. Vernor Vinge: Rainbows End
 2. Greg Egan: Permutation City
 3. Jack McDevitt: Engines of God
 4. Andy Weir: The Martian
 5. Ken MacLeod: Intrusion
 6-8. Kim Stanley Robinson: Red Mars, Blue Mars, Green Mars
 9. Mikael Niemi: Astrotruckers 

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