“It is lumber, man – all lumber!”

Today I had a book returned to me by an old friend. I lent it to her in 2006; she took it back to Canada with her, where it languished in storage for many years. Then it was found in a clear-out, brought back to England, and finally, eventually, unexpectedly, fell back into my possession.Continue reading ““It is lumber, man – all lumber!””

Review of The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

“Prediction is the business of prophets, clairvoyants, and futurologists. It is not the business of novelists. A novelist’s business is lying”. Le Guin, in her own introduction to the novel My journey to Le Guin started with a dim awareness of her via a Ghibli adaptation, falling in love with Earthsea, and then carving myContinue reading “Review of The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin”

Review: The Word For World Is Forest – Ursula K. Le Guin

It starts with the title. I loved this book before I had read a single word because of it. I am happy Le Guin was talked out of calling it “The Little Green Men“, as was her initial intention. The word for world is forest. Not earth, or rock, or soil. Or mall, or semiContinue reading “Review: The Word For World Is Forest – Ursula K. Le Guin”

Pattern Recognition

I just finished reading Pattern Recognition by William Gibson. It’s a book an erstwhile colleague of mine was pretty obsessed with, to the extent of owning the Buzz Rickson jacket owned by its main character. Gibson imaged the internet, and made it cool and sexy. As a teenager reading Neuromancer or Idoru, while watching ludicrousContinue reading “Pattern Recognition”

The Circle by Dave Eggers and Apollo’s Song by Osamu Tezuku

We’re all fucked, aren’t we? That was my initial reaction on finishing The Circle by Dave Eggers. A romp through a near future dominated by the eponymous Google/Facebook-like corporation, the novel sees events quickly snowball into the creation of an all-pervasive totalitarian state, where privacy is theft and ignorance and stupidity reign. All this seenContinue reading “The Circle by Dave Eggers and Apollo’s Song by Osamu Tezuku”