February 17th, 2006

cass, can you not

Message of thanks to rivkat

Read Stross' "The Concrete Jungle"... stopping every now and then to literally *stare and enjoy*. It's way closer to "A colder war" than to "Accelerando" (this is neither a positive nor a negative, although I hold "A colder war", like Edna St. Vincent Millay's "Dirgue Without Music", in special places of my heart as defining nigh-perfect examples of their class). It's not utterly original in ambience ("modern commonplace fantasy fiction" is already a genre in itself, e.g. Anita Blake), but it has little gems of phrasing and thought that make it wonderful. As always, Stross' retconing powers are awesome.

Can't wait to read the whole of "The Atrocity Archives"!

Thanks for the rec and link!
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