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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

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The Medusa Chronicles
Alastair Reynolds, Stephen Baxter
Progress: 20/336 pages
Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth
John Garth
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Hainish Novels & Stories, Vol. 2
Ursula K. Le Guin
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The Essential Shakespeare
Ted Hughes
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Introduction to Topology
Bert Mendelson
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Bruegel: Defining a Destiny
Amy Orrock, Jennifer Scott
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Basics of Plasma Astrophysics
Claudio Chiuderi, Marco Velli
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A Student's Guide to Lagrangians and Hamiltonians
Patrick Hamill
Progress: 7/180 pages
The Complete Plays and Poems
E.D. Pendry, J.C. Maxwell, Christopher Marlowe
Gravitation (Physics Series)
Kip Thorne;Kip S. Thorne;Charles W. Misner;John Archibald Wheeler;John Wheeler
Progress: 48/1215 pages

Market Forces, Richard Morgan

Market Forces - Richard K. Morgan

The rising power of corporations has been a strong theme in SF since the '80s. It was a key element in cyberpunk and it's central to this novel. This isn't cyberpunk, though - cyber is largely irrelevant, certainly not a key theme or even an important part of the world building. Instead, Morgan extrapolates the trends of corporate power in the international political arena (in fairly conventional ways) and innovates by doing the same for corporate <i>internal</i> politics. These ideas are extreme and hopefully preposterous.


I found it to be a compelling read in that it's full of incident and yet, and yet...the actual plot develops slowly, is a little too predictable and our protagonist isn't a hero. Not even an anti-hero. Just an asshole. Which made it difficult to care - much like Kovac in the sequels to Altered Carbon.