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on 22 February 2011
I really wanted to like this novel. It had a whiff of the William Gibson about it, a certain sci-fi noir air. The writing style is quite accessible, and it's easy to get into.
However, given that the title was 'Spares' and the blurb I thought the story was going to be about cloning, but somewhere within the book it trailed off into a fairly standard 'gritty' sci-fi novel and the whole cloning thing seemed pretty forgotten.
Now, I don't mind my protagonists being messed up (aren't we all?), but I do get a bit wearisome when it's rammed down my throat. Okay, I get it, the main character is a lousy husband, father, and a pretty unpleasant person - but I don't need to read it every other page. I found it hard to empathise with the protagonist or really care about him (I did however want to give him a slap on more than one occasion).
So what can I say? It passes an afternoon. But if you're well read in the sci-fi genre, don't expect anything monumental to jump out and surprise you, it's all by the numbers here. Before I forget - whoever designed the cover for this edition needs taking out and tickled until in tears. It's awful.