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Books I won't be reading
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Seen on the subway on the way in today:
Wake

Transcription of the blurb, because it's a little hard to read -- emphasis mine:

Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, and blind. When she receives an implant to restore her sight, it's not reality she sees. Instead the World Wide Web explodes into her consciousness and she discovers something -- some "other" -- lurking in the background. And it's getting more and more intelligent with each passing day...
Ow. Where do I start? "WWW trilogy"? "Pretty, feisty"? "Some 'other'"? "Canada's Michael Crichton"? "The author of the book that inspired the new TV series"?

Also, when did it become 1999 again?

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I've actually read Wake, and it isn't terrible. I'd classify it as YA, though.

YA? That would explain the 'feisty' female protagonist, then.

Sawyer is the Maple Leafs of the Sci Fi world: constantly snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. His best work consists of fascinating premises, nicely drawn plots followed by the papier maché deus ex machina.

His worst work is second-rate near-future space opera.

Whenever I've had the misfortune of reading his writing, it's always struck me that he writes in exactly the voice of a kid in grade 7 who's been told to write a science fiction story.

The "other" turns out to be Ceiling Cat, I think.

it was serialized in Analog. It wasn't too bad, but no worse than the other serial they did last year about the super girl and her super dog saving the world.

I guess he can't call himself Canada's Only Native Born Full Time Science Ficton author anymore.

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