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The Mitchell Mega-Mix

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Right, straight after I talked about David Mitchell’s key position as a non-genre writer, he writes his most genre work ever. So this is what his SF novel looks like to me:

  • A Hot Spell: Nina Allan
  • Myrrrh Is Mine: David Mitchell
  • New Year’s Day: Mitchell again. Ah yes, the only good bit of the book is the one he repeats.
  • The Wedding Bash: Iain Banks
  • Crispin Hersey’s Lonely Planet: Adam Roberts (although he won’t thank me).
  • An Horologist’s Labyrinth: Nick Harkaway
  • Sheep’s Head: Ken MacLeod

Written by Martin

20 September 2014 at 20:44

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  1. Hah! And I *don’t* thank you that the link is bust.


    21 September 2014 at 19:59

  2. Oops, fixed now.

    This section annoyed me both for the comedy Amis protagonist but also they way it repeats The Ghastly Ordeal of Timothy Cavendish and so pins the novel as a pale copy of Cloud Atlas. Something a little like the highly effective treatment of Hugo Lamb did emerge at the end though. But no, as one SF satirist to another, have a word.


    22 September 2014 at 11:47

  3. Nina Allan might not thank me either but she has the book’s measure. Still waiting for Nick Harkaway’s views.


    22 September 2014 at 20:03

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