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V.A.O. [Paperback]

Geoff Ryman
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  • Paperback: 65 pages
  • Publisher: PS Publishing; paperback / softback edition (31 Aug 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190288048X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902880488
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.6 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,360,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1st edition 1st printing trade paperback, new in wraps limited 500 numbered copies signed by author - We have traded for 20+ yearsIn stock shipped from our UK warehouse Each Book is in a protective clear bag, well packaged and normally sent out wi

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3.0 out of 5 stars Short but sweet... 20 Dec 2002
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
V.A.O. stands for two things in this book - Victim Activated Ordnance, and Very Ancient Offenders. In a return to more overt science-fiction trappings, Ryman introduces us to a future where the elderly are forced into a life of crime to pay for care. Despite initially bringing to mind comedic images of the 'raving old ladies' Monty Python sketch of yore, this is a compelling and all too believable read. My only two issues with the book are its length (at only 53 pages of fairly large type it's rather charitable to call this a novella instead of a short story), and that due to the minimal cast of characters the climactic plot-twist revelation of a key mystery figure is fairly obvious from the first few pages. Despite this, an enjoyable read.
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