The Geomancer


Thoughts on The Blade Itself and Infoquake

Four stars for Joe Abercrombie's The Blade Itselfup on SF Signal. JP writes, "The Blade Itself is Joe Abercrombie's first novel, and it's a darn fine one at that. And as a self-professed fantasy hater, that's saying something." He praises the action and the pacing, and adds, "Each one of these characters is well thought out and well presented and each one has a role to play in the story. While you may not be sympathetic to them all, Abercrombie has a knack for creating believable characters."

Meanwhile, Calico Reaction isn't sure what she thinks of David Louis Edelman's Infoquake,but is intrigued enough to want to know more: "I'm interested in the world, the situation, and where the story might be going. No doubt, it's complex, and while this volume has its own story arc, it does not even begin to answer every question raised. Which is why, of course, I'm looking forward to the sequel, to learn what's really happening, even if some of it flies over my head. :) Boardroom SF, people. Who knew? I think Edelman has definitely made a splash in the genre, and I think those interested in the worlds and technologies found in Charles Stross's works and Vernor Vinge's (mind you, I've only read Accelerando and Rainbows End respectively) will be entertained by this book, which--for the record--will be re-released as a Solaris mass market paperback this June, a month before Pyr's release of the sequel, MultiReal."


  1. I really like the way you make a hack reviewer sound half-way competent!

  2. Ha!

    Hey, really glad you liked the book, though I think a couple things about the next two are gonna surprise you!

  3. Thanks for the shout-out! :)