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book review: The Long Run

I've finished reading The Long Run: A Tale of the Continuing Time. It's good, solid, fun cyberpunk that deserves a better binding than it's got. (Seriously, after one reading, pages are coming out everywhere, and it could use a good typesetter too.) It's more comprehensible than Neuromancer, lighter on its feet than Neal Stephenson's work. Our young and ridiculously clever cyberpunk hero plays mouse to The Man's cat, skirting death and leaving a wake of sardonic wit. I think it should share a soundtrack with Cowboy Bebop.

I hadn't realized it was part of a series, but it seems to be the second in the Continuing Time saga by Daniel Keys Moran, after Emerald Eyes and before The Last Dancer. At least I don't feel so bad for being confounded at the epilogue now. It's a credit to the author that I didn't feel more lost, really. Now I have to choose whether to read its predecessor or successor next. And by "next" I mean after The Peace War, Marooned in Realtime, and probably The Light of Other Days. Hmm. So much excellent science fiction!

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thewronghands
May. 9th, 2005 05:10 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear you liked it, and it's a pity about the binding. (My copy is still pretty intact, even after being loaned out a few times. Maybe this means that no one else actually read it. [grin]) I actually read the books in that order too, and liked them best that way. "The Long Run" is the best of the three, I think -- the whole series is worth reading, but there's a whole new storyline introduced in #3 without any attempt at integration, and while it is cool, it's a pretty jarring transition.

Do post your reviews of the others as you finish 'em, though -- I'm always trolling for more good sci-fi. [grin]
pwinkler
May. 9th, 2005 06:59 pm (UTC)
A completely unrelated question: Are you wearing a necklace in that picture?
radhardened
May. 9th, 2005 07:15 pm (UTC)
Yes, I am—why do you ask?
pwinkler
May. 9th, 2005 07:23 pm (UTC)
I was just curious if it was a necklace or henna or something. You can't see the connective material, so it just looks like you have some sort of regular pattern around your neck. Do you read Sluggy Freelance? It reminded me of Zoe's tattoo... not in look, but in concept, given the above. Somehow I doubt you got it by being cursed in an egyptian tomb, but who knows what you're up to while you're not blogging. ;)
puzzlement
May. 11th, 2005 01:11 am (UTC)
Sounds good. "It's more comprehensible than Neuromancer, lighter on its feet than Neal Stephenson's work" sounds like a pretty good recommendation to me. It sounds like you have the same problems with Gibson and Stephenson that I have. (Although, Stephenson used to be a bit more sprightly I think.)
radhardened
May. 11th, 2005 01:06 pm (UTC)
Gibson has grown more comprehensible, too, for me anyway, thinking of Pattern Recognition and Idoru. Perhaps he's grown correspondingly less groundbreaking.
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