Tag: Adam Roberts

The This by Adam Roberts (book review).

March 10, 2022 | By | Reply More
The This by Adam Roberts (book review).

‘The This’ by Adam Roberts is a standalone literary Science Fiction novel. It juxtaposes loneliness against the internet-turned-hive-mind, a universe’s timespan against the moment and real people against pheno-entities. (Phenotypes have ‘the appearance of an organism based on multifactorial combinations of genetic and environmental traits’.) As would be expected with so many themes, this novel […]

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Purgatory Mount by Adam Roberts (book review).

February 26, 2021 | By | Reply More
Purgatory Mount by Adam Roberts (book review).

In the far distant future, a group of long-lived humans take a 40 light year flight aboard the starship Forward to investigate an interesting feature detected on the planet V538 Aurigae. The craft is also a generation ship for what appears to be a sub-species of human and briefly reminded me of ‘Non-Stop’ by Brian […]

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The Lake Boy by Adam Roberts (book review).

September 5, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Lake Boy by Adam Roberts (book review).

‘The Lake Boy’ is a novella by Adam Roberts told in the form of a diary or journal. Once upon a time, people used these to record the events of their everyday life in this way, like a blog or Facebook profile except they kept it to themselves instead of boring the entire world with […]

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By The Pricking Of Her Thumb (A Real Town Murder) by Adam Roberts (book review).

September 17, 2018 | By | Reply More
By The Pricking Of Her Thumb (A Real Town Murder) by Adam Roberts (book review).

Adam Roberts is a great player with words, constructing lyrical prose and playful dialogue without any care as to whether it falls strictly within the rules of English grammar or whether indeed the words could be found in a dictionary. Private detective Alma, her partner Marguerite and several of the other characters she encounters like […]

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By Light Alone by Adam Roberts (book review).

January 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
By Light Alone by Adam Roberts (book review).

A century or so from now, the problem of famine has been overcome by a technique that transforms hair into solar energy collectors that works by a kind of photosynthesis, so that nobody need eat food any more. This means that the poor must wear their hair long in order to survive, allowing them to […]

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Twenty Trillion Leagues Under The Sea by Adam Roberts (book review).

April 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Twenty Trillion Leagues Under The Sea by Adam Roberts (book review).

Anyone who has read Adam Roberts’ books will know not to expect a straightforward Science Fiction story. He likes to take classic SF works, such as Jonathan Swift and, in this case, Jules Verne, whom he previously referenced in 2007 in ‘Splinter’, and reinvent them in unexpected ways. He is professor of 19th century Literature […]

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The Thing Itself by Adam Roberts (book review).

December 31, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Thing Itself by Adam Roberts (book review).

The thing about ‘The Thing Itself’ is that it’s difficult to say what the Thing is, which is actually the whole point of the thing itself. It can’t be described or even comprehended, due to the way our minds work. I’m afraid that sentence won’t make much sense unless you’ve read the book. I have […]

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Sibilant Fricative by Adam Roberts (book review).

June 16, 2015 | By | Reply More
Sibilant Fricative by Adam Roberts (book review).

I feel slightly inadequate at the prospect of writing a review of ‘Sibilant Fricative’, a collection of reviews and essays from Adam Roberts. He is well-known and respected as a reviewer who is both perceptive and entertaining, while at the same time scholarly. He is the kind of author whose reviews are collected together and […]

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Adam Robots by Adam Roberts (book review)

June 15, 2015 | By | Reply More
Adam Robots by Adam Roberts (book review)

In the distance future, robots will take over. Well, the future is now…The ‘Adam Robots’ collection of short stories by UK author Adam Roberts contains tales all containing, well…robots. Known for a career that drift from Science Fiction to parody, Roberts doesn’t adhere to any one style of story in this collection, with each one […]

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Land Of The Headless by Adam Roberts (book review)

January 16, 2015 | By | Reply More
Land Of The Headless by Adam Roberts (book review)

Adam Roberts is an ideas man. ‘Land Of The Headless’ is only the second of his novels I have read. The first was ‘Stone’. In both books, Roberts introduces some very modern and refreshing ideas. But where Roberts really excels is in the thinking through of those ideas. Nothing is throwaway in a Roberts novel. […]

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