The Rapture of the Nerds is one of those books where I am pretty sure it’s supposed to be funny, but none of the jokes hit my funny bone. This is a post-Singularity novel where a good portion of humanity have “uploaded” and left Earth. The rest of the world is pretty okay with this state of affairs except for the USA which has been engaged in the kind of isolationist policy where you actively try to murder anyone who gets within range of your AI-run defense systems.
The only bad thing about getting books by Inter-Library Loan is that if you put a loan on a series, it is guaranteed that you will get them all in the wrong order. This is the case with Midnight Lamp, which is the third book in the “Bold as Love” series, but which I have read second after the first book. Fortunately, this is not a major problem in following the plot, since the events of the second book are gone over in outline since the characters are currently recovering from said events.
357 pp. (hardback)
In this sequel to Darwin’s Radio, Mitch and Kaye are in hiding with their daughter Stella, who is one of the “virus children,” who had been born as a result of “Herod’s Flu.” Mitch and Kaye are in hiding because most of the world is deathly afraid of the children and have been rounding them up and confining them in special “schools.” (They may have reason to be frightened, since a handful of the carriers of the original plague are living disease factories and have to live in complete isolation.)
Ballantine (Del Rey)
I generally have a mixed reaction to books by Greg Bear, a “the ideas are interesting but the characters are not,” sort of reaction. From the books of his I have read, there tends to be more focus on the idea (whatever gimmick or concept he’s introducing) over the actual story, or the characters involved with the story. Add to this the tendency for his male-female interactions to resemble something from a Venus/Mars date book, and my general reaction to a Greg Bear novel more often than not involves backing away slowly.