January 14th, 2014

northumberland, walk
  • pling

"A Canticle for Leibowitz" Walter M. Miller, Jr.

Why hadn't I got round to reading A Canticle for Leibowitz before? Not only is it one of the classics of the genre, it's also right up my street - a post-apocalyptic novel written in the late 1950s about the recovery of society after a nuclear holocaust. And I've no idea why I've only just got round to reading it, should've done so long ago.

The narrative is centred on a Catholic monastery in the southwest of the USA (although by the time the story opens this is an anachronistic description of its location). It's told in three sections (originally published separately then put together and modified into this novel).

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Necessary Evil, by Ian Tregillis

Nazi supermen vs. British warlocks in a do-over to save the world.

Necessary Evil

Tor, 2013, 384 pages

May 12, 1940, Westminster, London, England: the early days of World War II.


Raybould Marsh, one of "our" Britain's best spies, has travelled to another Earth in a desperate attempt to save at least one timeline from the Cthulhu-like monsters who have been observing our species from space and have already destroyed Marsh's timeline. In order to accomplish this, he must remove all traces of the supermen that were created by the Nazi war machine and caused the specters from outer space to notice our planet in the first place.

His biggest challenge is the mad seer Greta, one of the most powerful of the Nazi creations, who has sent a version of herself to this timeline to thwart Marsh. Why would she stand in his way? Because she has seen that in all the timelines she dies and she is determined to stop that from happening, even if it means destroying most of humanity in the process. And Marsh is the only man who can stop her.

Necessary Evil is the stunning conclusion to Ian Tregillis' Milkweed series.

Let's do World War II again, because it was so much fun the first time!

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