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2.0 out of 5 stars Not worthy of the great Bob Shaw's name, 20 Jun. 2008
G. J. Oxley "Gaz" (Tyne & Wear, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Killer Planet (Paperback)
Bob Shaw sadly died in 1996. Prior to his death he had been suffering from writer's block for several years. However, from the late 60s until the late 70s he produced a staggeringly excellent body of traditional SF novels. 'Night Walk', 'Orbitsville' 'The Palace of Eternity', 'Other Days, Other Eyes' and especially the haunting and poetic 'A Wreath of Stars' will forever remain classics. His last novel, 'Dimensions' (sometimes known by the variant title 'Rough Dimensions') published in 1994 is easily the worst thing he ever wrote.

Or at least I thought so until I read 'Killer Planet', his only juvenile novel. Although I only read it this week for completeness sake, this was originally published in 1989. I'm not going to judge it from an adult's perspective - it's not aimed at my age group - but I feel kids these days are far too savvy to enjoy this awful, cliched, simplistic novel. It's more a throwback to the 1950s both in narrative style and plot, and strangely reminiscent of Asimov's 'Lucky Starr' novels - also written for kids.

Brought up on a relatively sophisticated diet of J K Rowling, Phil Reeve, Garth Nix et al, this is likely to bore the modern pre-teen child rigid. It's corny beyond belief and acutely embarrassing. So why TWO stars then? Simply because it has two magic words on the cover - BOB and SHAW - and for no other reason. This man gave me dozens of hours of great reading over the years and I owe him this much at least.

In summary: it might keep the average 7 year old happy - as long as you don't mind them encountering the odd profanity of the 'bloody' and 'Jesus Christ!' variety, but for any child older than this, forget it.
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Killer Planet by Bob Shaw (Paperback - April 1993)
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