Saturday, February 13, 2010

Book: Wireless by Charlie Stross

Decent collection of stories. A couple of the longer ones were particularly good.

The attempt to put together a Wooster and Jeeves tribute/parady is sort of successful. In his notes, the author describes Jeeves as "long-suffering". I don't think that's quite right. Jeeves seems to be capable of maneuvering Wooster into pretty much anything he wants. He has more agency in the relationship than "long-suffering" would imply, I think. This limitation shows in the story, I think.

Stross is an impressive writer, and manages humor more effectively than most science fiction authors. This collection is not exclusively humorous, but does have more than its share of it.

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