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3.0 out of 5 stars
Too similar to Stark, 22 Dec 2003
This is the 7th book by Elton that I have read and as always, I foud it very entertaining and funny. BUT-compared to all the other books, this was the one that gave me the strongest impression of "déjà-vu". Too similar to Stark. The brave, attractive girl, the vain and halfwitted guy, the war veteran who's completely nuts, the ruthless megatycoon and so on. Somebody dies unexpectedly just as is Stark, and the plot is exactly the same. If you're an inconditional fan as I am, you'll have a lot of fun and will have the impression that Elton has a special gift to describe archetypical characters and still sound sharp and cynical. But if you're not into "more of the same stuff" and haev read Stark, you can be a little brought down with This other Eden. I had a good time, but it didn't thrilled me as much as the other novels by Ben Elton.