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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (1 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841499455
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841499451
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,079,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Philip Palmer is a film and television writer and producer who also writes for radio and theatre. He teaches screenwriting at Leeds Metropolitan University and runs a television drama series course in Brighton for Lighthouse.

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A rip-roaring space adventure set in our far-future, from an author who has received multiple accolades from the Guardian, SFX, SciFi Now, SFRevu and blog enthusiasts. (she has a love of books in a future where reading is a lost art. But unfortunately, her story doesn't end there. Artemis has been sentenced to incarceration for multiple murders and she's innocent of these, but guilty of many more which haven't yet come)

Yet when she is recaptured, she is faced with a surprising choice that turns out to be no choice at all. She'll have her liberty if she becomes a guerrilla warrior, fighting rebels targeting Earth. Despite being part of a motley crew of criminals and psyc (A rip-roaring space adventure, featuring murder, revenge and rebellion)

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A rip-roaring space adventure set in our far-future, from an author who has received multiple accolades from the Guardian, SFX, SciFi Now, SFRevu and blog enthusiasts

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By Mr. Iain R. Wear on 21 Feb. 2015
Format: Paperback
With every novel, Philip Palmer is going from strength to strength. I've not always enjoyed his writing style, but his eye for a story is wonderful and his imagination is seemingly endless. Every time I open one of his novels, I wonder when he will find the limits of his inventiveness and it's never that time. ''Artemis'' is no exception to that rule.

''Artemis'' is written as the thought diary of Dr Artemis McIvor, presented here for publication. She starts by breaking out of prison, before taking revenge on her former lover and betrayer Daxox and then joining the Government to help them win a war. It sounds quite simple put like this, but Palmer's strength has always been in the detail with which he fleshes out a relatively simple idea and he's certainly done that well here.

I've criticised Palmer's writing style in the past, as his way of switching between characters in an almost chick-lit style hasn't always sat well within the science fiction genre. Here, the narrator is entirely Artemis, so there is just the single point of view, which I feel works so much better. Even better is that, because the novel is presented as her thought diary, there are a number of digressions and tangents, which work wonderfully as she wanders away from her subject, occasionally hauling herself back, sometimes not. There are some touches of humour as she checks herself and some interesting roads to follow when she doesn't.

The format also allows for some amusing asides by the supposed editor of the book. I've read books where the footnotes can get rather annoying after a while, particularly in "Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell" by Susanna Clarke, but here they add something.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Dec. 2011
Format: Paperback
As a fan of Philips writing, I'd been looking forward to this title for quite some time. I love the worlds he creates, the different situations his characters end up in and of course his writing style which feels quite nostalgic especially when added to the covers that Orbit produces to accompany them.

However that said, I had one major problem with the current release and that was the lead character, I couldn't stand her and as such it didn't matter how much work had gone into the rest of the project that one major niggle kept me from enjoying the title to the full potential. Don't get me wrong, his usual elements are all there but when I can't stand the principle player, I tend to have a hell of a job reading the title to the end. (I still do it, but it really feels like an uphill slog.)

Sadly for me, I prefer other titles by Philip such as Red Claw and Hell Ship but I won't let this title put me off and I'll hope my faith is rewarded in the next book of his to land.
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Enjoyed a lot 2 Jun. 2012
By AR Norris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have to say, I really loved this book! This is a prime example of how to write a great SF book without drowning the reader in SF concepts. Palmer wove in the cool techie stuff without expounding on futuristic concept monologues.

Usually not a fan of first person, the author chose the perfect POV medium. Artemis's extreme personality and outrageous story called for first person. Only she could've told it and any other POV would've dampened the voice.

Artemis herself is so imperfect and human. Authors sometimes try to excuse away their character's flaws that those characters lose realism. Artemis is f'd up, no doubt about it, but neither does she (nor Philip) apologize or reason it away. The perfect reluctant hero. This is what makes her 3 dimensional. Very refreshing in a story.
Typically demented Philip Palmer, strangely appealing anti-hero 29 Nov. 2013
By Robert J. Robinson - Published on Amazon.com
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A typically demented Philip Palmer piece, with his rather telegraphic writing style, but very enjoyable. Actually, there is somewhat more character development with this one than with his other works, and you really start to develop an affection for Artemis, the main character, as unlikely as it seems. It is a raunchy, blood-soaked tale, but then again, if you have read Philip Palmer before, you already know to expect that. Sort of a sequel to "Debateable Space", it is not necessary to have read that to fully enjoy this piece. Styled as the annotated journal of Artemis, it follows her exploits retrospectively as she slices and dices her way through a hostile universe, innocently doing evil and evilly doing good -- you have to read it to really understand this last point. Pretty much a portrait of the ultimate anti-hero.
Great character, great plot! 1 Mar. 2012
By Leanne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Phillip Palmer has become one of my favorite writers. I impatiently await each new book. As always his characters are the reason we care about his stories. This is a classic action story, with many twists. It helps to read his other books to get a sense of his universe, but not necessary. I picked up one of his books one day by chance and have been hooked ever since! Enjoy
Five Stars 1 Oct. 2014
By paul phillips - Published on Amazon.com
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I love Philip Palmer's work. Great ideas wrapped up in great sci-fi. Buy it!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Smart, funny, and a great narrative. 26 Jan. 2012
By M. Butler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Up front, I have to be clear: I'm a huge Palmer fan. I think that his blend of humor and science fiction is exhilarating, and I breathlessly await each new book from this author. Artemis takes place in the same universe as the rest of Palmer's books, but for a variety of reasons it feels more like a sequel to Debatable Space than any of the others. If you enjoyed that book, I don't know why you wouldn't love Artemis as well.

Artemis is ostensibly the (edited) autobiography of a famous hero/villain, and I found it to be extremely readable (with hilarious footnotes, to boot). If you're a fan of The Hitchhiker's Guide, The Sheriff of Yrnameer, you should really read Palmer's work. I wouldn't start with this one, since some of Debatable Space would be spoiled by reading this first, but definitely read it at some point if this type of book is your cup of tea.
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