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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
With Steven Erikson's current Malazan series having finished I was looking for something new to not only step into but a world that would take me far away to an environment of danger, of adventure and perhaps best of all great character building. Whilst I've not read David's work before I was aware of this series previous incarnation of the series from 1989-97 and whilst it had a lot going for it, it lost its way and fizzled.

Now with Corvus at the helm, the series has been brought back to life and knowing what a top notch job they've done with bringing some new talent to the fore I felt that it was probably time that I gave this series a go. What unfurls within is a story that has some serious world building, some pretty decent characters and a whole lot to play with. Unfortunately to get to the start of the title a hell of a lot has had to go wrong with the rest of the world for China to take over as well as a lot of improbably far-fetched possibilities to help make this even believable. That said, once you gloss over that, the tale has a lot of potential especially when you take the characters into consideration who are starting to find out exactly what they've let themselves in for. It is cleverly done, the prose is reasonable and when taken into account with the sheer scope of the project I only hope that the author can maintain not only the pace but the overall arc without it fizzling out. I suppose I'll have to wait and see but for a first novel in a series it was pretty hard to put down.
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on 10 September 2014
A good book.
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on 16 April 2015
Lovely read
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 2 May 2011
Wingrove impresses with this interesting take on the world's future. Painting first the idealised picture of a society stripped of technology and forced to return to basics, the story takes a darker turn when it returns to how the world became that way. Gripping and fluidly written, Wingrove's narrative is vivid and highly detailed, but as with many of these novels, the minutiae of the apocalyptic event do not hang together on close scrutiny. The protagonist himself is inconsistant ~ saying he was pleased to be away from the excesses of that world, but he seemed perfectly happy and rich before. Overall recommended for the quality of the imagination and writing, but hope that the concepts improe later in the series
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 January 2012
I read the first few volumes of Chung Kuo many years ago and recall really enjoying them. I was therefore intrigued by the idea of the prequels. I have to say I have been very disappointed; the characters are paper thin and unmemorable; the dialogue adds little to the story or the characters. The story itself lacks any depth or credibility and does not feel as if it is the same author as the originals. It has the feel of a first draft that hasn't been revised or edited. Decided to give up after 2/3; lost interest in the story and the characters.I'll revisit Chung Kuo to see if my memory has tricked me on the original book.
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5 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 4 April 2011
kindle books should have monitors checking all comments to see if they are truely independant
words fail me to describe how bad this writing was
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