Atrocity Archives

Just finished my second Stross novel, which is actually the first he had published. It’s a slightly immature piece of writing, and very much in the Neal Stephenson vein – the basic plot is a little neat, but full of clever ideas and technical insight. Being more intimately familiar with some of the technical terminology probably affects the believability somewhat, but Stross has worked as a coder, and hasn’t taken any liberties – the problem is that technology dates so quickly.

Slightly worryingly, one of the major antagonists in the novel is once again Nazis, not from space this time, but from other dimensions. I’ve got the Glasshouse to read (apparently one of his best), fingers crossed there will not be a Nazi angle.

Posted Wednesday, May 7th, 2008 under books, geek.


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