Three Californias

I just finished reading The Gold Coast, by Kim Stanley Robinson. I wasn’t sure how much I liked it for a while, but now that I’ve finished it I think it was pretty good. Not in the same league as his Mars trilogy, but definitely not bad. I guess it just wasn’t quite what I was expecting.

This is the first book of his Three Californias trilogy that I’ve read. I picked up another one, The Wild Shore, this afternoon at this great science fiction bookstore Sarai found, and I can’t wait to get started on it. One of the things I liked about The Gold Coast is that it took place in Orange County, and it went into the history of the area a bit. It’s always interesting seeing places you know in books and movies. It takes place in a near-future OC where the entire region is covered by freeways, malls, and tract homes. So it’s pretty much current-day OC extrapolated over the next 20 years or so. Gross.

We went comic shopping last weekend and I finally bought the last Transmetropolitan book, now that I’ve forgotten most of the story. We also picked up In the Shadow of No Towers by Art Spiegelman, the author of Maus, and Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud. The latter is a graphic novel-type book about comics, so sort of a meta-comic, if you will. Judging by the reviews on the back by Neil Gaiman, among others, it should be pretty good. I’m going to read it as soon as Sarai is finished with it.