There is a small plastic cover inside over the two live connectors, which should slide aside but doesn't, even with application of a lot of force. I ordered a batch of 10 of these going on the good reviews, and ended up taking 3 out of 10 plugs apart to get rid of the sliding cover. Seriously, how hard is it to make a decent plug.
Unlike his high space opera, this book covers Earth's near future, and it seems to have left Reynolds a little out of his depth. Most of the book is a lengthy chase along a crumb trail of clues which started to wear a little on my patience before it ended. Then the last 15% of the book mostly makes up for this by being rather good, but don't come expecting an action-packed blockbuster. This is definitely character-first sci-fi, and perhaps not as well balanced as some of his earlier books such as Chasm City or The Prefect. Still very readable and it does move along well.
Written in a sparse, clean style this is a simple memoir of an extraordinary life. Daja's confused relationship with his mother is a central piece of the narrative, which ultimately describes a man who often found well-meaning support along his journey but still could not find a place for himself or a sense of his own worthiness in the wider world. The sense is that he slowly struggles towards the Peace of the title, and forgiveness of his parents.
His early life as a Buddhist monk in Nepal is particularly fascinating and strange to western eyes - it seems medieval, a million miles removed from the iPhones and microwave dinners. I felt a kinship with him, having also been dragged… Read more