Review: Jesus and the Eightfold Path (Lavie Tidhar), The Joy of Technology (Roy Gray), Paintwork (Tim Maughan)

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A review covering three books from three up-and-coming authors (on in Tidhar’s case, fairly well established). Originally published in Vector.

Pearls That Were His Eyes (2007): Part Three


“It was the Stalker that spoke. Its voice grated on the senses, like a dozen knifeblades being drawn over metal and concrete, but beneath that there was a melancholic timbre, the impossibility of poetry lurking beneath monstrosity.”

Pearls That Were His Eyes (2007): Part Two


“There was something clinging to the ceiling. A nightmarish figure of spikes and rails and blades, with six dimly glimmering eyes set into a squat head. Four of its limbs were driven into the ceiling, suspending it, and the other two reached toward Bearer and the Gun.”

Pearls That Were His Eyes (2007): Part One


“To those versed in the art of murder, a gun is understood as an impersonal tool.”

Small Fish (2006)


“Once they had gotten over their initial fear, Earth’s leaders scaled back their plans to build bigger guns and instead focused on how best to ‘welcome Earth’s alien friends’ and initiate advantageous trade.”

Doppelganger (2004)

Shattered mirror

“They say that in cryogenic sleep, it is common to dream in a disjointed fashion.”

Phoenix Subsiding (2005)


“The smells of the room filled his nostrils; plastics, sterile metal, and the smell of humanity that drives out emptiness.”

Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt (2006)

Seven sisters star cluster

“Towards the end of that initial period, the ships had seemed to become less substantial, evading the eye. They appeared completely opaque when regarded directly, but the eye seemed to slide around the wider masses, and when forced to focus on the sphere of spacecraft as a whole the eyes and brain began to throb painfully”

Heterocera Excision (2006): Part Two


“My monitoring systems detected an irregular patter of tiny beats, like heavy grains of sand being poured on a sheet of metal. Passive scans of local wireless traffic confirmed the approach of a swarm of tiny security drones.”

Heterocera Excision (2006): Part One


“Let me be frank with you. Dubree and her associates scare the shit out of me. I worked for them a few times when I was a little younger and a lot less wary, and then I got out. There‚Äôs something not quite right about them.”