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4.0 out of 5 stars a bit patchy in places, but a cracking read nonetheless
This is the guy's first book (according to the interview he did on the site) and wasn't as polished as it could have been but that is really being picky. This is an exciting read -- I got three quarters of the way through and then read the final bit in one sitting. It's by no means a classic but is one of the better new sci-fi reads around. give a shot, you won't be...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Virtual tosh
For all its dystopian leanings (set in a world torn apart by earthquakes and buried ankle-deep in volcanic ash, where the streets are policed by remote-controlled 'trigs' and the populace seek escape in virtually real other worlds), this book is more fantasy than sci-fi, and there are way too many warlords,wolves and magic spells for my liking.

It's very long,...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a bit patchy in places, but a cracking read nonetheless, 16 Mar 2000
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This review is from: Reckless Sleep (Paperback)
This is the guy's first book (according to the interview he did on the site) and wasn't as polished as it could have been but that is really being picky. This is an exciting read -- I got three quarters of the way through and then read the final bit in one sitting. It's by no means a classic but is one of the better new sci-fi reads around. give a shot, you won't be disappointed.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definately worth a read, 27 Nov 2003
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I am very picky about my science fiction, so I was pleased to find this offering. As the first review says, it is patchy, but ultimately delivers the goods in a convincing and innovative way. The grim futuristic picture of London during a global meltdown is realistic without being overwhelmingly pessimistic. The characterisation is good and the love story is central to the plot, avoiding the usual sloppy (or soppy) pitfalls when bringing a strong female character into a SF novel such as this. If you're interested in the crossovers between vitual worlds and real ones, particularly in terms of gaming, this book is definately worth a read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Virtual tosh, 5 Nov 2009
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For all its dystopian leanings (set in a world torn apart by earthquakes and buried ankle-deep in volcanic ash, where the streets are policed by remote-controlled 'trigs' and the populace seek escape in virtually real other worlds), this book is more fantasy than sci-fi, and there are way too many warlords,wolves and magic spells for my liking.

It's very long, confused, repetitive and badly-paced, with tedious passages where not much happens interspersed with brief, muddled, action sequences; several times I had to re-read chapters to try and make sense of them. And when you finally discover the true nature of the Cathar game-world, and learn who is responsible for the deaths of the Far Warriors, the 'explanation' is little more than gibberish.

Levy has been frequently and unjustly compared to Philip K Dick, and the plot of Reckless Sleep owes something to Dick's masterpiece, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, where off-world colonists seek refuge from their harsh living conditions in the virtual suburbia of their Perky Pat layouts. But don't be fooled; on the basis of this novel (apparently his first), Levy has none of Dick's imagination, humour, compassion or literary skill. Maybe his subsequent work is better. The trouble is, Reckless Sleep is such utter twaddle that you probably won't be tempted to find out.
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