April 2009

May 1, 2009

Lilith's Brood, by Octavia Butler

"Rescued" by the Oankali, an alien race, after a world-ending war, Lilith must learn to co-exist with her captors. The catch is that the Oankali are genetic "traders", and will only allow the human race's continued existence if humanity trades its genes and thus future children with them.

Interesting gender and ethical issues. Although I found myself somewhat distanced from the writing, either because of the extreme alienness of the Oankali, or Lilith's pervasive pragmatism.

Idoru, by William Gibson

A young fan tries to prevent her rock star idol from marrying a virtual Japanese pop star, while a data pattern analyst is hired by the singer's security, exactly why, he's not sure. Plots converge around some proscribed nanotech.

Vlad: The Last Confession, by  C.C. Humphreys

In which Vlad Dracula, the historical figure, confesses his sins. No vampires here. If you don't like descriptions of impaling, this book is not for you.

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