I “discovered” “Charlie Stross”:http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/index.html about, oh, 2 years ago. The first book I picked up was [“_Accelerando_”:http://www.accelerando.org/book/]. I judged it to be well-written, but not entirely to my taste.
“_Iron Sunrise_”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Sunrise I liked somewhat better. Not one of my favorite books of all time or anything, but a solid story, actual characters, you know, all the stuff that a good book should have.
Then I found “_The Atrocity Achives_”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Atrocity_Archives, which amused me greatly. Lovecraft meets computer geek, complete with Linux, Palm Pilots and bureaucracy. Ah, joy.
So last week, in a fit of actual book buying–I do this at a much slower pace than I used to–I picked up “_Glasshouse_”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glasshouse. Like _Iron Sunrise_, it’s definitely more in the sci-fi thriller category, but it also does it well.
I will note that, this novel has an amusing interaction with Charlie’s “public embrace of the Bechdel Test”:http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2008/08/bechdel_test_roundup.html.