Saturday, June 14, 2008

What is Matthew Jarpe reading?

The latest featured contributor to Writers Read: Matthew Jarpe, author of the novel Radio Freefall and other science fiction stories.

One title among his recent reading:
Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policemen's Union. I've always been a big fan of the Yiddish language and John Straley's series of Cecil Younger mysteries set in Sitka, Alaska. Both of these interests find an unlikely cohabitation in Chabon's latest novel. [read on]
Visit Matthew Jarpe's website to learn more about him and his work, and to read an excerpt from Radio Freefall.

Among the praise for Radio Freefall:
"It's the soul of rock and roll that saves the soul of humanity in this fun-house ride through the very near future. Jarpe has definitely got my attention!"
--Karl Schroeder, author of Sun of Suns

"If you can't quite believe that Californian rock'n'roll, space cowboys and liberated AIs can save the world from the fascist mediocrity of Unification, this book explains how it might be done, in a blithe spirit of which Noel Coward would surely have been proud, and with enough technical detail to gladden the heart of the most hardened technofetishist."
--Brian Stableford, author of Heterocosms

"The writing held me .... It depicts the bleak prospect of world government, some believable near-future technology, and characters I cared about. What can I say? I enjoyed this and think that those whose obsessions are SF and music will rave about it."
--Neal Asher, author of Brass Man
Writers Read: Matthew Jarpe.

--Marshal Zeringue