Book: The Broken God

Although set in the future, this book is more like high fantasy than sci-fi and technology is basically treated like magic. There are also strong mystical overtones throughout. I do like high fantasy, but that genre has to walk a fine line between earnestness and just pure silliness. I think this book is more of the latter than the former. The book is also told from the point of view of a single character and with 900 pages to get through the single reference point gets old fast, or at least it did for me.

Also, when reading this book I kept remembering David Brin’s brilliant polemic against elitism in Star Wars and our myths in general. I think a similar charge could be leveled at The Broken God.

Book: The Origin of Species

I love reading about the theory of evolution. Darwin’s first book which set the theory of evolution on its feet is still good reading after almost 150 years. The prose is more verbose than modern readers are used to, but the arguments and explanations presented are still clear and compelling.