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Empty Space: A Haunting by M. John Harrison
Empty Space: A Haunting by M. John Harrison
Completely awesome. Fantastic tying up of (some) loose ends from the earlier novels "Light" and "Nova Swing". Hard to describe. A collection of broken people stumble around the edge of something frighteningly Other and try not to fall in. Also: adventure, excitement and really wild things. Bonus points for sly references to Bob Dylan lyrics.
The Island of Death by Edgar Bloo
The Island of Death by Edgar Bloo
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pirate Aggro, 11 Jun 2012
This book is best described as relentless. Some swift scene setting - college buds, remote island, long lost pirate treasure - followed quickly by a full throttle tale of sex, mayhem and death.

The lead characters and their motivations are lightly sketched but believable; they act the way you expect real people would if they encountered similarly extreme circumstances. They're not larger than life movie heroes, they just want to survive. The bad guys are also refreshingly grounded, no stock standard moustache twirling pantomime villains but real beings with motivations and a simple, serious plan.

The locations and environmental challenges are well described, the plot… Read more
Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan
Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan
18 of 27 people found the following review helpful
A thin film of noirish standards stapled somewhat haphazardly over a deadening lump of science-fiction clichés.

The plot: Heavily and relentlessly signposted every step of the way; I found myself desperately wishing for misdirection, hoping it would turn out to be something a little more complicated and a lot less parochial than what it eventually, inevitably, turned out to be ... no luck there.

The characters: There aren't any. At worst, a few rough thumbnail sketches and some stage direction, and at best, stock actors playing traditional roles, on rails. The tough but fair but sexy lady cop. The mean and decadent rich man and his mean and decadent wife. The… Read more

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