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Very little happening at great length
on 9 October 2013
I need to start with a confession: I did not actually finish this book. I gave up just over halfway through. "I am a grownup", I thought, "I don't have to read things i'm not enjoying". And I wasn't enjoying this.
I like Alastair Reynolds, I really do. I loved the Prefect, loved Revelation Space and nearly all of his other books. But this one is so slow. Nothing happens.
Well, that's not quite true. A bit happens. A man looks at some elephant then goes to the moon and finds a glove and goes back home again to look at the elephants. And that takes about 250 pages.
So, nothing really happens, it takes a long time for it not to happen and you don't care about any of the characters. I am hoping that it's just a bad one from Reynolds, but given that it is ominously billed as the first in a trilogy, I fear he is just frantically padding.