the cover of Schlock Mercenary: The Scrapyard of Insufferable ArroganceThis Schlock book came in the mail late on Wednesday. Yay! I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but that day will come soon. What’s not to like about a bunch of sociopaths acting as a mercenary company, a pile of talking poop, a mad scientist, and an A.I. with delusions of grandeur who looks like a koala?

Hm. Just finished Bone Song by John Meaney. It’s OK but over the top in many ways. It’d make a very interesting-looking movie, for sure, but the plot wouldn’t satisfy anyone. It’s generally a bad idea to wait until 5 pages from the end and then kill the protagonist’s girlfriend, you know?

Lake of the Long Sun, by Gene Wolfe, is totally different. It appears to be set on a huge generation ship, where the inhabitants have forgotten where they were going or that they’re even on a spaceship. High tech obviously exists, yet almost all the people have no ability to use it or interest in using it. If anyone other than Wolfe were writing this, there would be a few pages of reasonably lucid explanation of how that happened somewhere along the way. I don’t expect anything like that. It’s an interesting ride, like most of Wolfe’s books, but it feels like he’s spending a lot of time taunting the reader with really obscure allusions and references instead of explaining stuff or advancing the story.