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Review: The City & The City

On its surface, China Miéville’s The City & The City is a police procedural-type murder mystery set in an Eastern European city-state called Besźel. A woman is discovered dead in an alleyway, and it’s up to Inspector Tyador Borlú to find out whodunnit. Once “dead hooker” is ruled out, the case soon escalates into an international incident between Besźel and its unfriendly neighbour, the city-state of Ul Qoma, and things get more tangled from there, as is customary for the genre. But the murder mystery’s not really the point. It’s fun...

Review: Infinite Jest

The best way I’ve found to describe David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest is as the literary equivalent of Homestuck or Arrested Development (especially season four). It’s long and digressive and as it goes on it produces more and more material for self-reference and references that material in rich and unexpected ways. It’s humorous but never laugh-out-loud humorous, and at some points it’s just a slog to get through. It’s about a film called “Infinite Jest” that viewers...

Review: Taft 2012

Taft 2012 is a short novel by Jason Heller that poses the question “What if William Howard Taft, an unsuccessful and largely forgotten one-term US president who failed re-election in 1912 ran for office again in 2012?” The book deserves some praise for actually following through with the absurd but amusing premise, for making some interesting points about politics and American politics in particular, and for humanising and redeeming a humorous, slightly embarrassing footnote in history. Most people might make a joke about Taft running for elections in 2012 after his...

Review: The Door into Summer

Confused about the date? This review was written before I started this blog and imported later for posterity. I love reading science fiction from the 1950s because it’s neat to see how very wrong people back then were about what the future was going to be like. I don’t fault them for it, of course, but there’s something amusing about reading in 2012 a book written in 1956 about happenings in the 1970s and early 2000s. It would be really cool if we did have that cure for the common cold...

Review: Little Brother

Confused about the date? This review was written before I started this blog and imported later for posterity. Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother is about a teenage hacker who runs afoul of the surveillance state that is the United States Twenty Minute into the Future. It’s full of computer hacking, youthful rebellion and sermons about how surveillance is bad. I’m conflicted about this book. In one sense, it’s nice to read a story about computers and hacking by someone who knows what the deal is with computers and hacking, seeing as those subjects...