Cough

Jan. 3rd, 2006 07:01 pm
threemonkeys: (getoffyourass)
At our xmas family get-together, my cousin's baby daughter had a cold. It seems that the incubation period is about a week because I have been suffering from a cold for the last day or so. I'm not the only one - reports are that many members of the family are suffering from it too. So I'm ingesting as many of the appropriate pharmaceuticals as is safe and keeping myself out of the way reading and watching cricket. *cough splutter*

I figured that I wouldn't want anything too heavy to read through my cold befuddled brain, so the book I selected was Geodesica Ascent by Sean Williams and Shane Dix. It is formula writing. What these guys write is to space opera what big fat quest trilogies are to epic fantasy. Sean is quite open about this aspect of his writing being aimed at satisfying his audience rather than any higher artistic ideals. He has a living to make after all. I have no problem with this approach as long as the author is open about it - and lets face it, most commercially successful authors compromise their ideals to some extent or another. *sniff* For the most part however, I am not too impressed with the outcome of such blatantly commercial writing - it just seems to lack something. Having said that I do enjoy the Williams and Dix work.

This book is the first in a new series. Much like previous series, it deals with human and posthumans dealing with an alien artefact and the conflict which arises around it. Beyond that it does not seem worth adding anything. You either like this kind of thing or you don't. If you do, then no thing different here. If you don't then no reason to try this one.
*cough cough*

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