Alastair Reynolds, Century Rain: Cool idea. Reynolds can’t do characters, though, and the cringe-making references to Casablanca vis-a-vis the love interest made my jaw drop. However, the two human cultures — pro- and anti- technological augmentation — while a tad schematic are still interesting, and the poignant post-Earth scenario is always compelling.
Richard Morgan, Black Man: Or, Thirteen, in the U.S.A. A meditation on masculinity. Really.
Marjane Satrapi, The Complete Persepolis: I’m probably the only person who hadn’t read Satrapi yet. Really enjoyed this. The interplay between the bildungsroman elements and the scope of the Iranian revolution and its aftermath is fascinating, and the faux-naif art is oddly subtle.