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Gardens of the Sun (Gollancz) by Paul McAuley
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars top class..., 12 Nov 2009
Paul McAuley is surely one of our best writers. This is intelligent, world creating, thrilling and optimistic space opera - without the naivety of much American SF. The world building goes on against a back drop of flawed humanity, full of politicking, jealousies and the small cruelties we all love to inflict on each other. So it is, so it will be. The context is biodiversity but this time its human biodiversity and the opportunity to build a post human experience as well as human one, a technological fueled optimism that resonates so much in 2009 . We can build and mitigate anthropogenic climate change. There are no hero's as such, just people muddling on doing there stuff not… Read more
Orbus (Spatterjay 3) by Neal Asher
Orbus (Spatterjay 3) by Neal Asher
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Reading Neal Asher is rather like being permanently strapped into a roller coaster..it never lets up, chucking your head about , and you never know whether to throw up or just hang on hope it finishes soon.... ( the Polity books would make a great action movie..hope someone has it optioned ) .This is the latest in a sequence of very technical novels set in an AI dominated universe which is populated with strange technologies, runsible spoons, warlike crab like creatures and an ancient nano virus hiding away in the genes..all good boys own stuff.. its probably not the best place to start with Asher though..some degree of acclimatization is required ( Gridlinked is best place to… Read more
The Execution Channel by Ken MacLeod
The Execution Channel by Ken MacLeod
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Intriguing, thrilling, well done but an odd juxtaposition of a novel.It reads like a contemporary thriller, overlaid with spy fiction and its well done scary stuff even as its only moments away from our current obsession of spying on each other for no good reason. But just as you get the measure of it, there comes the SF curve ball...heim theory ships? look it up on wikipedia Huh? This could be five stars but this mixture doesn't work effectively IMHO.