I always have great hopes when I see a new Alastair Reynolds books coming. To make the review short, recently I have been disappointed. The tendency has become to use a whole book to set up a series, this is not really a stand alone book and as such the length of it is disproportionate to the story it puts across. Also disappointingly it is very simlplistic compared to his earlier works the extent of which is shown in that I guessed most of the plot by 25% in - infuriating to read a book just to "see if you're correct". The book lends itself well to screen play (as does Terminal World) and I am beginning to get suspicions that this is the new aim of the author - not writing for sci-fi readers, but writing for possible future revenue from films. Having been quite negative about it bear in mind that I haven't given any other author recently more that one star reviews, Michael Cobley and Gary Gibson can't even match this low standard. It's worth a read as there is little else out there, but buy secondhand and pay no more than a fiver. I shall buy the rest when they come out in the hope that we return to the quality of the writer's works in the revelation space universe.
**I have just read someone else's comment about the ten book deal....explains the last two books perfectly. Author has sold out, understandably given the money on offer, but hopefully publishers will realise that the pressure means low quality fare and therefore worse sales than expected - I rescind my comment about buying the rest when they come out. My money will be going to other authors who write for the readers. Bye Bye AR - sorry to see you go. Shall return to my good old Many Coloured Land series (Julian May 1980) and Revelation Space re-reads in the meantime.**