2014/03/22

2013 科幻奇幻私房推薦書單

[22.03.14 更新]
補一本 ○:
Beth Revis,《星河方舟:啟航》
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一切從簡,主觀濃厚,僅供參考。

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China Mieville,《帕迪多街車站》

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Patrick Ness,《噪反 III:獸與人》
Orson Scott Card,《戰爭遊戲》(能弄到舊版最好)
N. K. Jemisin,《光明之戰》
Charles Yu,《時光機器與消失的父親》
宋澤萊,《血色蝙蝠降臨的城市》


2014/01/30

Daneel Lynn 的科幻奇幻必讀書單:外文科幻奇幻小說作品(作者姓氏 A~M)

→ 作者姓氏 N~Z
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30.01.14 新增:

N. K. Jemisin, The Broken Kingdoms (2010) ◎◎◎◎○
潔米辛,《破碎國度》
New authors often falter when following up on a noteworthy debut, but Jemisin proves more than up to the challenge. A decade after the events of March 2010's The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, artist Oree, blind to reality but able to see magic, sells trinkets to tourists in Sky, a city filled with supernatural entities and happenings in a world slowly emerging from doctrinaire authoritarianism. After she discovers the corpse of a murdered godling, Oree is pursued both by fanatic religious officials looking for scapegoats and by the ruthless conspirators behind the murder. Hesitant, impoverished Oree is very different from Jemisin's previous heroine, politician–princess Yeine, and she proves just as compelling as she investigates the murder and her own mysterious heritage. Returning fans will especially appreciate certain details, but this novel stands on its own and is worth reading purely for its own strengths. -- Publisher Weekly (cited from amazon.com)
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Daneel Lynn 的科幻奇幻必讀書單:外文科幻奇幻小說作品(作者姓氏 N~Z)

→ 作者姓氏 A~M
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30.01.14 新增譯本資訊:

Charles Yu's How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe is a clever, quirky, jargon-infused debut novel about a man in a time machine trying to find his father. It's also, as the title might suggest, a sort of postmodern survival guide. But perhaps most importantly, it's a science fiction novel about science fiction. Standard genre tropes such as time travel and its many paradoxes are explored here with a fresh perspective, and by using these concerns as buttressing to his otherwise fairly conventional central story, Yu turns his worldbuilding lens inward, focusing on the existential angst that lurks deep within our modern souls by revealing all the problems associated with thinking too much about everything. Which is to say, more simply, that maybe you can't find all the answers in instruction manuals. -- Strange Horizons

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2013/09/09

The Drowned Cities (2012) by Paolo Bacigalupi

閱讀本書最大的衝擊在於,Bacigalupi 根本就不把青少年當作「待保護」的對象,直接以最寫實的筆法,將米國四分五裂(甚至成為中國也收拾不了的爛攤子)後,完全絕望的戰地孤兒求生記實赤裸裸地呈現在讀者眼前。

前三分之一的結構很單純,從女主角 Mahlia 的角度看待各路軍閥燒殺擄掠的惡行,並賦與她和環境格格不入特殊的身分背景。在這裡,Mahlia 和醫生的良善剛好成為很傳統的二元對比。然而,Bacigalupi 的小說絕對沒有這麼簡單;單純與善良在這裡沒有生存的空間,為了活下去,有時候你必須比別人還狠,然而,一旦出手,你也就失去了「無辜」的「超然地位」。


2013/08/11

《種族滅絕》(ジェノサイド,2011)by 高野和明

基本上本書的「主題」應該是「超升小說」,不過相較於以往通常都安排超升後的新物種直接「導入新玩法」,發揮優勢掌握全局,本書裡的超升生命則是在有限資源的情況下,用人類的遊戲規則和人對幹。因此重點反而在於對戰過程中的緊張感,而所呈現出來的樣貌則和 technothriller 相去不遠。

2013/07/23

一句話心得──002

Orson Scott Card,《廢墟之城》
和第一集比較起來,總算有點圓說,讀者和主角也開始找到「方向」。但只要主角群身懷 time travel 改變現實的無敵大絕,其餘都是寫好玩的。


2013/07/11

《末日逼近》(The Stand)─浩劫之後的眾生相

※ 本文係史蒂芬‧金(Stephen King)《末日逼近》The Stand)臺灣譯本卷首倒毒

座落在你面前的這本(照實際情況來看,恐怕是好幾本)厚度超過一千六百頁的龐然巨物,是金塞爺在 1978 年推出的第四部長篇作品《末日逼近》。也許你已經讀過塞爺自己的開場序言,得知當年的版本受到出版社決策的影響,忍痛「自宮」了四百餘頁,直到 1990 年才又重新補完,順便也把故事時序往後推到九○年代,同時「翻修」故事當中所提及的文化背景。

2013/07/05

一句話心得 -- 001

由於太混了,所以現在起,只要自認抓不出時間寫心得的書都用一句話帶過。X-D

Brandon Sanderson,《皇帝魂》
The Emperor's SoulLegion 這兩個在國外獨立成書的中篇都是具有相當水準,沒毛病可挑的完成體作品,和 all-time 經典的差距大概就在題材的創新度上(畢竟前者的主題很早就寫過,就是以假成真那一個套路,Sanderson 則是發揮個人專長將它再包裝起來,後者嘛,這種故事看過不少次了)。剩於三篇 novelette,一篇屬服務讀者性質,另外兩篇則是證明 Sanderson 果然還是要寫自己擅長的題材。卷末的「分析」基本上完全不曉得行內有「中篇」這種項目以及其緣由。

2013/06/22

科幻奇幻經典推薦書單總整理(隨時更新)

22.06.13 新增:
Tor.com: 15 Essential Zombie Reads
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2012/11/15-essential-zombie-reads

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2013/06/19

《羊毛記》(Wool,2011)by Hugh Howey

如果喜歡本世紀的反烏科幻動作片的話,對本書自然就頗有好感,因為幾乎是一個模子出來的成果。

這個模式大體上都是從 generation ship 來的,只不過把封閉太空船場景放到地下城。主角絕對會走 conceptual breakthrough 套路,偏偏一定有守舊(掌權,whatsoever)人士極力阻撓。然後一定會有對於現狀或某議題的初步(不可能太深入)控訴兼省思,藉以權充故事「深度」。這些本書一概不缺,而且很明顯,我也毋須在這裡套給大家看。

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