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Something Coming Through
Something Coming Through
by Paul McAuley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.59

1.0 out of 5 stars Very odd new book from Paul McAuley, 7 April 2015
Seriously poor effort.

Why does a brummy cop talk like a mixture of The Wire and Boardwalk Empire?

Why are the fifteen alien worlds that make up the central plot so thinly described that they're barely there at all?

Why is the majority of the novel a (not especially interesting) detective story that could be happening anywhere?

By turns I found this novel unconvincing, frustrating, opaque, jumbled and finally boring. Such a shame as the premise is excellent.

The Last Legends of Earth - A RADIX Tetrad Novel
The Last Legends of Earth - A RADIX Tetrad Novel

5.0 out of 5 stars A heartbreakingly brilliant work of stunning magnificence., 25 Nov. 2013
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As you can tell from the title: I'm a fan.

I've been reading Sci-f for about twenty years, and I'd never heard of this book.

The first few pages were a bit... odd. The language seemed a bit flowery and at first glance it seemed more fantasy than sci-fi, but as the story progressed it all fell into place.

And more than that. It's vision is a truly beautiful - and terrible - and eventually heart-breakingly fulfilling one.

A true masterpiece and something that should be read by anyone with even the most fleeting interest in sci-fi - hell, anyone with even the most fleeting interest in what it is to be human.


Final Days (Final Days 1)
Final Days (Final Days 1)
by Gary Gibson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

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2.0 out of 5 stars A futuristic tour... Around the American Midwest?, 29 Jan. 2013
Gary Gibson is starting to get into the habit of creating awe inspiring futuristic settings and vast star-spanning societies... Only to restrict you to the least interesting corner of them!

In Final Days earth is at the centre of a vast wormhole network that stretches across time and space.... And where is a good chunk of the book set? The rural, semi-deserted mid-west of the USA. Like in Empire of Light, the backdrop is so tantalising... But Gary Gibson seems unsure of how to integrate this amazing future vista into his actual story - which has been mundane and border-line boring on both recent novels.

Early novels were very good - and Mr Gibson can certainly write. But please, drop the stodge and let us out into these worlds you've created!

Exiles: The Progenitor Trilogy, Book One
Exiles: The Progenitor Trilogy, Book One
Price: £2.58

5.0 out of 5 stars Fun... But with something to say too., 29 Jan. 2013
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This is a fantastically fun book - it rockets along at an incredible pace, with well drawn and sympathetic characters and a mind-bogglingly vast scope that ranges from the dawn of time to the heat death of he universe.

The science part of the science-fiction seems pretty solid too. It's not quiet hard scifi but its all internally consistent and makes you believe the author has done his homework.

Buried within all the fun there's some interesting things to say about the nature of power, colonialism, relationships and forgiveness.


Empire of Light (Shoal Sequence)
Empire of Light (Shoal Sequence)
by Gary Gibson
Edition: Paperback

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A poor end to a great series - Shame!, 3 Nov. 2011
Gary Gibson was definitely on my must-buy list after Stealing Light and Nova War, but - having just finished Empire of Light - I'm sorry to say he drops the ball badly on the third outing.

The plot lacks tension as solutions to problems present themselves seeming without any effort on behalf of either of the main protagonists... super weapons just crop up out of nowhere as gifts (if the Shoal knew about them, then why the heck didn't they use them in their war against the Emissaries?) or just neatly resolve themselves. The vast majority of the action takes place aboard one ship and as a result feels claustrophobic and a little... well... boring. In fact, by the end you're desperate for the journey to end - if I had to sit through yet another section about drive-spine maintenance I felt like I was going to weep! I found myself wanting to skip through sections and found it difficult to maintain my interest as the main characters began to merge together into one big "tough guy" blur - what happened to the pacifist Lucas or the damaged and vulnerable Dakota?

The first two books were excellent, and Gibson is a talented writer - but frankly he need to let this one mature for far longer... At times it seems like he's bored and constrained by the universe he has created - like he was in a rush to dispose of the Shoal Sequence and get started his new book - and it showed.

Best Served Cold
Best Served Cold
by Joe Abercrombie BA
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.49

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kill Bill, 30 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Best Served Cold (Paperback)
This is basically a medieval/fantasy Kill Bill - Beautiful if deadly heroine (who's handy with a sword) left for dead by former mentor, who then extracts revenge in a series of bloody and OTT set-piece action sequences. And what could be better than that? More please!

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