Saturday, October 15, 2005

Iron Sunrise, Charles Stross

Stross is an excellent plotter, but with not much of a voice. For the first 6 chapters or so I thought I was reading something by Stephen Baxter. The characters aren't great, but the concepts are brilliant, and of course, the little nods towards Computer Scientists. He ends the novel with room for a sequel which would not be unwelcomed.

The UNI headquarters campus hadn't changed visibly in Rachel's absence---the same neoclassical glass-and-steel skyscraper, looming over old Geneva's stone arteries and quaint domes, the same big statues of founds Otto Von Bismarck and Tim Berners-Lee sitting out front in the plaza...
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