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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
So pleased to see Gollancz releasing all these old books, I always thought this was one of Bob's best (along with A wreath of stars) Someone stated that they found the plot unbelievable or silly? I thought it a cracking work of Sci-fi. Much better than his "Orbitsville books". Have this in paperback but the text is to small for me, shall get this edition for sure
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just a little ridiculous!
I love Bob Shaw and especially his Orbitsville trilogy. This is a minor novel in his canon however complete with an amazingly unbelievable plot. It is I'm afraid laughable in places especially the nonchalant way that all his characters accept the seemingly ridiculous without batting an eyelid. Still it's quite good fun overall.
Published on 25 Aug. 2011 by Greystones113


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3.0 out of 5 stars Just a little ridiculous!, 25 Aug. 2011
I love Bob Shaw and especially his Orbitsville trilogy. This is a minor novel in his canon however complete with an amazingly unbelievable plot. It is I'm afraid laughable in places especially the nonchalant way that all his characters accept the seemingly ridiculous without batting an eyelid. Still it's quite good fun overall.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 13 Jan. 2014
This review is from: Medusa's Children (Kindle Edition)
So pleased to see Gollancz releasing all these old books, I always thought this was one of Bob's best (along with A wreath of stars) Someone stated that they found the plot unbelievable or silly? I thought it a cracking work of Sci-fi. Much better than his "Orbitsville books". Have this in paperback but the text is to small for me, shall get this edition for sure
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3.0 out of 5 stars One of the silliest plot twists in sf history!, 24 Mar. 2009
This review is from: Medusa's Children (Paperback)
Tarrant has discovered a new form of undersea life and he doesn't understand it. But as it turns out, this new lifeform has bigger problems: their aquatic habitat is disappearing fast and there's nothing they can do about it.

If you like Shaw's sf, this is worth tracking down, unfortunately for all the wrong reasons. All of Shaw's novels feature a big idea. This big idea is always original, always comes a few chapters in, is always outlandish, and is always one that makes you pause to wonder whether or not you'll accept it. Usually the answer is that you can accept it and you can go on to enjoy the book. But there's a fine line between an original idea and a just plain silly one and here Shaw misjudges where that line is drawn and the result is jaw-droppingly bad.

Once you hit that big idea you'll shake your head in disbelief and wonder whether it's worth carrying on with a premise this silly. As it turns out, I did carry on just to see where it led, and the answer was nowhere interesting. Still, I'm glad I read it as even thinking about the plot twist in this book can always raise a smile.
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