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Against Gravity Paperback – 15 Jul 2005

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tor (15 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405034467
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405034463
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 15.3 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,712,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Prior to becoming a professional writer, Gary Gibson worked for an environmental agency, but left shortly after other members of staff attempted to levitate a local bridge as a protest against road traffic.

Following this, he worked as a graphic designer for a printing firm that turned out to be run by a gang of convicted forgers, hastening his departure, and then for a small publishing company otherwise notable only for producing a Freddie Mercury impersonator well-known on the Scottish cabaret circuit. Until recently he resided in Taipei with his wife, and is pleased to say that the only lunatic he has to answer to these days is himself.

He has a blog at www.garygibson.net.

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"Powerfully told, with room for an expansion of the story, this sf suspense thriller belongs in most libraries." --"Library Journal" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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If you lived long enough, this could be your future, too --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Beed on 3 Jan. 2007
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Kendrick (the hero of the story) is in the wrong place at the wrong time as the USA falls apart. He is captured, tortured and finally used as an expendable guinea pig for military enhancements in ward 17. All the inmates of ward 17, ended up with an unexplained connection to a failed space station, tasked to find God. Now the whole world seems to be after them...

The book tells the story by swapping (rather confusingly) between different times of Kendrick's past.

It's a good book that holds your attention well, but has a rather disappointing ending.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert on 1 Jan. 2012
Format: Paperback
This is the first Gary Gibson book I have read. It starts well with an augmented protagonist living off the grid in Edinburgh. The story is excellent, but I found that it was the writing style that put me off. Sometimes I had not even realised an action scene was taking place, it was so plodding. For example, when Kendrick falls out of a window during a fight, I only picked up on this halfway through the paragraph of him falling. Such rereads to check what had happened occurred frequently. On a couple of occasions my internal voice screeched to a halt when an unfamiliar word was used, for commonplace things, such as one used to describe clouds. All in all, I just could not persevere.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Copestake on 27 Mar. 2007
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I read this book with interest in the hope of finding a new author having exhausted my current list of authors and having re-read my whole collection to death.

Against Gravity started off well with a nice hook and some interesting mysteries, however I found myself skipping pages to keep the action moving. Things start to hot up towards the end but when I actually got to the end of the book I thought the last page must have been torn out. I was quite disapointed at where the author saw fit to end the story. Recommended if you have nothing else in your "too read" pile
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By Skallagorm on 22 May 2014
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This would have been a five-star rating if the ending had been up to the same quality as the story.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bird Brain on 15 July 2009
Format: Paperback
Like others who have reviewed this book it has a great beginning in a gritty late 21st century setting. However the author must have been up against a deadline as the conclusion is disappointing. Definitely one for the recycle pile.
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