Lucifer's Dragon - Jon Courtenay Grimwood

Having been put off for years by the overdesigned covers and cheesy review quotes, I started reading his books (so far redRobe and remix) and rather enjoyed them. Kind of a copycat Gibson with Tarantino violence. Lucifer's Dragon tones down the violence compared to redRobe, and I found it a more enjoyable read for it.

What's this one all about? The history and politics of a big artificial island ('neoVenice') as offshore IP haven. It has the bog-standard mix of high-tech and low-life. But it's much more fun than I make it sound, with plenty of interesting characters.

Posted 2004-04-09.