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SURVIVOR (Atlantia Series Book 1)
SURVIVOR (Atlantia Series Book 1)
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars At least it is short, 26 May 2014
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The author is very fond of guts turning to slime but that's the least of your worries as a literate sci fi reader. The way nanites are said work is completely implausible, you will certainly die very quickly if you plummet from the sky in a dead spaceship, and if your enemy thinks to silence you with a mask from revealing their most deadly secret, then thank goodness they have never heard of writing. I give it one star for moving along quickly and its breezy disregard of any physics.


Perdido Street Station (New Crobuzon 1)
Perdido Street Station (New Crobuzon 1)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Should be five, 20 May 2014
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Other reviewers have a point that the book is too long and some judgement should have been exercised in cutting unimportant sequences. I don't mind long words but there were far too many 'clotted's for one book. The ending was bathetic and deeply unsatisfying with everyone just wandering off and hawk man plucking his feathers out. Putting in the rape reference right at the end was clumsy and unpleasant. The moth creatures were inherently unelievable - the last thing which sucked on brainwaves was Douglas Adam's babelfish ! So many other good ideas and such a bad book - Grrrr.


Revelations (Extinction Point series)
Revelations (Extinction Point series)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful ending, 23 April 2014
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Unbelievably bad ending - utterly trite and cliched sci-fi ending from the day the earth stood still to childhoods end very poor


The Martian
The Martian
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the sequel where he gets stuck on Jupiter !, 21 April 2014
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This review is from: The Martian (Kindle Edition)
What a great read, combining hard maths and physics with a gripping narrative and human interest this is a real page turner.


Emperor of Thorns (The Broken Empire, Book 3)
Emperor of Thorns (The Broken Empire, Book 3)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 1 Mar 2014
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No element of this grand tale fails in imagination or scientific curiosity - a superb synthesis of sorcery and sci fi.


The Dead Sun (Star Force Series Book 9)
The Dead Sun (Star Force Series Book 9)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced very focused end run, 21 Feb 2014
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I have read a lot of space opera and to create a racy end game like this is a magnificent achievement very satisfying if a few loose ends left flapping from previous episodes. Now we need the second saga mr Larsen - think Dune!


Dark Eden
Dark Eden
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story well told, 13 Jan 2014
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It reminded me partly of Planet of the Apes partly of Lord of the Flies. In this case a planet where the human culture is stuck in a retarded childlike state. Their creed is to wait for rescue until one young man dares to think otherwise.


Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas
by David Mitchell
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dull stories not linked in any interesting way, 5 Jan 2014
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WARNING - plot discussion

Partly to reinforce what other reviewers have highlighted - the individual stories aren't up to much and don't link in any way which is revealing or interesting. It's not very clever just to have the next narrator reading the work of the previous one, or to give each one a comet as a birthmark.

Also the stories are such a hotchpotch - 'Master and Commander' on the seven seas, a sort of 'Ladies in Lavender' classical music story, an 'Erin Brockovich' energy plant investigation, a Tom Sharpe 'Wilt' comedy about an editor trapped in an old people's home, a dystopian cloning story which is in two parts, ending in a post apocalyptic 'Zardoz' scenario.

The especial tedium of having to go back through all the second halves of these episodes is that the denoument of each one adds nothing of value to the whole book. In some ways it might have been better to leave us guessing about these individual episodes and stop in the far future.

A contemporary audience is much more sophisticated in its understanding and expectations of a time shifting narrative. A good example might be the flashes forward and back in the TV series 'Lost' which illuminated the characters and and plot very effectively, or 'The Lake House' or any other you can think of.

As Samuel Johnson may or may not have said "Your manuscript is both good and original. But the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good."


The Citadel of the Autarch
The Citadel of the Autarch
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Please let the Old Sun go out - at least that would be an ending, 11 Dec 2013
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I have to say that I grew increasingly irritated by this series, speed reading increasingly larger passages. I have just read Mark Lawrence Broken Empire series and for me the ancient technology theme(admittedly no aliens) was integrated into the plot in a much more effective manner. The sequence of events was clearer and more convincing and it didn't need a second series to try and clear up all the flapping and confusing loose ends and provide a satisfying conclusion. This tale ended up being a sorely disjointed series of encounters winding up with no real ending. One low point was Severian seeing a random ruin on the river and thinking 'I bet Dorcas is staying there'. And do you know, children, she was. Hmmmmmm. Please don't write to say how I should have read sentence 12 from page 77 of book x which makes it all clear because I can't be bothered.


King of Thorns (The Broken Empire, Book 2)
King of Thorns (The Broken Empire, Book 2)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What jorg did next, 2 Oct 2013
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Some people may not like the way our almost hero gets out of his tight corners, perhaps too many here's a defence I planned earlier. On the other hand it is rattling good read and the mysterious world of the Builders is getting closer. Off to buy the next one!


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