i think you mean this one right?
Anyone remember the tv series "Cribb"? I do only vaguely. I think Cribb (the police detective character) was in an anthology called "The Rivals Of Sherlock Holmes". Will have to dig it out!It would be nice to see more Victorian London crime stories that aren't sherlock Holmes or Jack the ripper based. Maybe something set in the earlier part of Victoria's reign rather than the late 1880's.
Stross at his best is SO good, and his satirical points are spot on and have real bite.Just finished the last volume of Charles Stross Merchant Princes series, Invisible Sun.
The series and to some extent the book has already been mentioned numerous times.
Due to multiple deaths and things that the entire world is experiencing, the publication of both this book and its predecessor was delayed by years. I remember the series well, but the details of what happened in vol. 8, three years back, returned to me slowly as I read this 376 page work. Having been in an odd corner of the book business (librarian for 35 years) I notice things like type size and paper weight a little more than many. They didn't cheat. It's a hefty 376 pager.
Stross took good advantage of his delays, to write in asides and threads about American elections, surveillance technology, and even a comment that Elon Musk offerred to handle a rocketry project for (relatively) cheap.
Stross is a craftsman. In an afterward he says that he learned a lot about writing in the 20 years since he started volume one. He certainly throws in more twists and plot developments, here occurring on two primary world lines and at least four subsidiaries, than I have seen in any one book. Usually I do not like an overabundance of complications outside the main thread of the story, but the glee with which he presents what is going on with major characters, and his skill at interworking them, certainly carried me along.
Some characters come across as good guys n' gals, but they are equalled by the capabilities of their opposition. Who are generally presented first person. You see where they are coming from.
In a previous sentence I said guys n' gals. Not a misstatement, but the bulk of the action is carried by women. A tendency that shows increasingly in all of Stross' various series.
Both here and elsewhere, he not an optimist about where technology and politics are taking us. The ending does tie it up but with a little bit of a deus ex machina feel to it. He does not back off from his general cynicism.
Absolutely read it. The earlier volumes are lighter, sort of an adult portal Narnia. By #9 it outpaces Le Carre in its realpolitic convolutions. The overall word count is greater than War and Peace. It's easy for me to recommend because I did spread it out over more than a decade. But it was worth it.
Any relation to the podcast "Rabbits"?
I've found this Goodreads review that says it is indeed based on the podcast....Any relation to the podcast "Rabbits"?
Rabbits ARE creepy, think of Donnie Darko, Harvey, etc.
Also, never go to Stevenage railway station in the early morning *shudder*
Yes, that’s a strength and a hobby horse of his. And a perspective I have a lot of sympathy with. I’ve not read that particular story of his so I’ll have to look it up. I love discovering Anderson work I previously had little knowledge of, which is easy to do, given he wrote so bloomin’ much.Anderson's … The Man Who Came Early is perhaps the classic refutation of the assumption of modern superiority.
Yes, that’s a strength and a hobby horse of his. And a perspective I have a lot of sympathy with. I’ve not read that particular story of his so I’ll have to look it up. I love discovering Anderson work I previously had little knowledge of, which is easy to do, given he wrote so bloomin’ much.
Anyone remember the tv series "Cribb"? I do only vaguely. I think Cribb (the police detective character) was in an anthology called "The Rivals Of Sherlock Holmes". Will have to dig it out!
I'm not sure that's quite the right view; no gender is assumed or, I think, intended to be implied, it was just that the female pronoun was chosen rather than introduce a new gender impartial word. Something I for one was very grateful for. I loathe books with invented pronouns that I stumble over every time I read them. The point I took from the exclusive use of female pronouns was not an implied femininity but rather the irrelevance of gender which worked for me very well; I very quickly stopped thinking about the gender of the Radch characters.the assumption of femaleness of all of the characters
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