Thursday, February 14, 2008


Brasyl: An Appreciation

Over on his blog, In the Plane of the Ecliptic, the indefatigable Jetse de Vries shares an incredibly insightful analysis of Ian McDonald's Brasyl, my pick for the Best Novel Hugo. Brasyl was hands down the best book I read last year, as I've mentioned before, and Jetse does a far better job of explaining what makes it so awesome than I could have done.


Your recommendation is what pushed over the edge into buying Brasyl. I enjoyed it a lot, but liked some things better. My pics for the best books of the year were:

Chabon, Michael
The Yiddish Policemen's Union

Gentle, Mary
Ilario: The Lion's Eye

Grossman, Austin
Soon I Will Be Invincible

Simmons, Dan
The Terror

Stross, Chales
Halting State
Of those, I've only read Grossman's, with the rest still on my To Read list. I'm particularly looking forward to The Yiddish Policemen's Union (but, of course, I've got Chabon's Gentlemen of the Road to get to first. I'm falling behind!
You really need to read Chabon...I enjoyed Gentlemen of the Road a lot, but Yiddish Poolicemen's Union is I think a masterpiece.

And now there's word that it will be the Coen's brothers next movie.

Of course, I feel bad about badgering my favorite writers into reading other works, since that means less time to write, :)

Hope I can say hi to you at ConDFW...just decided for sure today that I'm going.
The only book of Chabon's I've read, I think, is Kavalier & Clay, which was just genius. I'll try to bump those higher on my list.

(And yeah, there's definitely an inverse relationship between the amount that I'm able to read and the amount I'm able to write!)

I've got a pretty full lineup of programming at the con, it looks like, so I should be pretty easy to track down. And the bar is always a safe bet, otherwise...
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