Contagion / Worm’s Hierarchy (books 82 and 83)

Contagion / Joseph J. Bailey

synopsis – The nanoswarms are here… They’re contagious. People are dying. But one is not dead. One finds that others are not dead. Is one’s love alive? Will one survive? Will one’s love survive? The survival information is steaming, getting stronger, getting even more philosophical. Yes, the artificial intelligences will save the day. Unless they’re infected by the nanoswarms…

reaction – Sparse, stark writing, matching a sparse, stark storyline. Lots of over-arching questions listed throughout. The reading of this particular style got easier closer to the end of the story. A few esoteric descriptive passages that left me feeling inundated. Overall, a personable account of a nanopocalypse from the perspective of a human survivor. For fans of nanopocalypses.

recommendation – You’re taking your chances with this hit and miss book.

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Worm’s Hierarchy / T.S.

synopsis – A painter, commissioned by the Church, struggles to survive and thrive in a society cursed with the human condition. His best friend is charged with helping him dupe the Church, and charged with saving his life by ending it. In the meantime, the painter enjoys the company of prostitutes, beds his landlord’s abused wife, takes pity on his landlord’s ill-fated daughter, and endures the spite of his clueless landlord. A futile existence in a futile journey…

reaction – An odd little book with a tongue-in-cheek subtext. A confusing storyline with confusing sentences. A few times I found myself re-reading paragraphs, or backtracking to try to figure out who was saying what to whom, or try to follow what was going on. But at the end of the book, I appreciated the comic tragedy.

recommendation – You’re taking your chances with this hit and miss book.

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  1. Hmm, two more that won’t make it to my to-read pile. Thanks for that! 🙂


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