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Absolution Gap (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
Absolution Gap (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
by Alastair Reynolds
Edition: Paperback

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good space opera, 18 Jan. 2005
Opinion seems to be divided on this book and I can see why (minor spoilers)
What I liked
The characters are fantastic, especially if you have read the two previous books and are aware of their backgrounds. What other book features a morally questionable hybrid human-pig lead character ??
The descriptions of the technologies used are superb. They are all extrapolated (to the extreme) from common themes in modern-day theoretical physics and science (nano-bots, quantum mechanics, string theory, etc) which somehow makes them more believable. He has obviously spent time thinking how technology could evolve and the impact that it would have on the human race.
The storyline is inventive and never predictable. Right up to the final page, you do not know how it is going to turn out.
What I disliked
In places, the book was unnecessarily long and wordy. I sometimes skipped 2/3 pages without missing anything of relevance to the central story-arc.
I found that occasionally the focus was not where I would have liked it. For example, an epic space-battle is waged with only passing comment to how it is unfolding, the book instead focusing on evacuation of a nearby planet.
Without spoiling it for anyone, I can see how it could be argued that the ending devalues the rest of the book. I believe, however, that the author is simply trying to make a point.
IMO, the depth of the characters, descriptions of the advanced technologies, and generally just the scale of the storyline make the Revelation Space trilogy a very worthwhile read.

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