Posted by: GravatarWon'tDeleteMyAccount | December 4, 2008

Jim Munroe: Everyone in Silico

Welcome, one and.. um. Well maybe two. All would probably be stretching it.

You may have noticed some changes around here. Now that NaNoWriMo is over, and I’m back to reading, it occurs to me that I don’t like reviewing books. I like reading them, sure. I like telling people about them. I love trying to convince people to read more books licensed under Creative Commons licenses. But critiquing? Not so much. So because I do this for pleasure, I’ve changed the blog.

This is the new Thomas Eaves: A Creative Commons Reader’s Blog. I hope you enjoy it. I’m not going to update with any specific regularity, but whenever I read a new book I’ll put it on here. Maybe you’ll see something you like. 🙂

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So I took a month off reading fiction while I wrote a novel of my own. It was my first NaNo, and it probably won’t be my last. Now some of my good friends are playing the game called “figure out what’s wrong with this book” while I take a week off and apply to PhD programs. Joy!

But in my time out this week, I’ve been reading Jim Munroe’s novel “Everyone in Silico.” Loved it. It takes place in a cusp-singularity society run by corporations, and features some very likable characters, all of whose lives intertwine in very interesting ways. One of the things I remembered, while reading it, was the old P. T. Barnum maxim: “Make ’em laugh; make ’em cry; make ’em wait.” Well, I laughed, and although I didn’t cry, I did find myself reading on, because Munroe refuses to just hand you the answers. When writing my novel, I found that one of the hardest things to do was not just tell the reader everything at the first opportunity. Munroe gives you little hints, but just enough to keep you reading until the very end. I have a dead-tree copy of another one of his books, “Angry Young Spaceman,” sitting on my shelf back home, and now I have the urge to go pick it up. Being an eight hour drive, I guess that’ll have to wait for Christmas.

Jim Munroe has a website, No Media Kings, which is great for anyone interested in learning about alternative publishing methods. He’s working on the second of his “post-rapture” graphic novels, the first of which, a collaborative effort with Salgood Sam called “Therefore Repent!” is another book I highly recommend.

“Everyone in Silico” is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License , and is available for download at No Media Kings. If you like it, tell him. I did. Jim at NoMediaKings dot Org. Or better, buy a copy while you’re there! He’ll ship it to you himself 🙂

Peace out everyone. Keep reading, keep writing.
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