Post by Titus G Post by James Nicoll
Five Extremely Unscientific Methods for Picking Your Next Book
I am currently reading _The Quiet War_ by Paul McAuley, obliquely or
obtusely recommended by you after your reading the second in the series
in a recent Five of something. I had read the fourth in the series,
_Evenings Empires_ in 2014 not knowing it was part of a series. I had
rated it 4 stars but forgotten most of it. Common sense or unscientific?
I have now read _Gardens of the Sun_ the second in the "The Quiet War"
series by Paul McAuley. These two books tell one story with the third
and fourth in the series stand alone tales in the future from the end of
Gardens in the Sun.
Both books were brilliant not just for the intrigues, the characters,
the quirky emphasis on degree of consanguinity, the pragmatic
ruthlessness, the plot, but also the science of colonising and living in
moons and satellites of Jupiter and Saturn. Even though above and beyond
my scientific knowledge and vocabulary, I could visualise what he was
writing about with the assistance of the Kindle instant dictionary.
There was also much astronomy with most of the saga in the vicinity of
Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune.
Alistair Reynolds describes McAuley as a writer with a Sizzling Range,
Luminous Intelligence and Great Humanity.