The Minority Report: Philip K Dick

Dick reminds me of George RR Martin in one sense. Both create amazing, real-life alternate worlds that drag you in. Their characters are memorable and sympathetic.

Neither, however, IMHO, are actually much good with words. Their word play and syntax leave me wanting.

The TV and movie versions are much superior to the written ones. And I don’t say that very often.

Persepolis Rising: James S.A. Corey

It’s a bold move by the authors to set this, their next book, thirty years into the future past the last book.

Somehow, the main characters don’t seem to have changed much, even if the universe around them has.

I love this series so much I’ve delayed reading the newer books so I can stretch the series out and savour it.

The problem with liking an artists work so much is that you sometimes expect too much from the next work. It’s only after you go back and re-read it that you realize it’s just as good.

I suspect this will be the case with Persepolis Rising, as well. Not my favourite book in the series, but still damn good and well above the last one.

Committed: A skeptic makes peace with marriage/Elizabeth Gilbert

The most important clue of what is in this self-indulgent paean to herself is right there on the front cover; Gilbert’s name is larger than the cover art, larger than the title, as if it were the only thing that mattered.

Tags: egocentric, pampered, pretentious, narcissistic, self-serving, egotistical, self-indulgent, flighty, conceited, self-loving, pampered, pompous, smug, puffed up, vainglorious

Just goes to show how far a commercially successful book can drag a poor writer on their next ones. I haven’t read EAT, PRAY, LOVE yet but COMMITTED wasn’t inspiring me to put it on my list any time soon.

Tooth and Nail: Ian Rankin

#3 in the Rebus series. Rankin still hasn’t found his voice yet, and Rebus is much less than fully formed. He doesn’t belong in London, and Rankin was wise to make this his only foray in the series there. Full of flaws, but you can see the bones of what will come in the series. Brilliant that the publishers gave Rankin the time and freedom to find his way there. I doubt they’d be so generous these days.