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4.0 out of 5 stars SF/Crime/Ethical conundrum
Although I quite enjoyed the detective elements in this novel, I was most taken with the observations made as to how the human race would react to the sudden appearance of extra terrestrials in our midst. The ensuing ethical questions regarding the desirability of us being able to fulfil our 'human' destiny whether for good or ill were raised with some care and the author...
Published on 27 Feb 2007 by Paul St John Miller

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for £1 but...
i bought the hardback version for a quid the other week, and while the 'twist' at the end is sadly obvious and the writing a wee bit pedestrian, its not a bad holiday read.
i did find the authors habit of using similar words together, as though showing off his wordpower incredibly tedious and annoying, athough again, there are good points in the book.
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Published on 14 July 2005 by Spud


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2.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for £1 but..., 14 July 2005
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i bought the hardback version for a quid the other week, and while the 'twist' at the end is sadly obvious and the writing a wee bit pedestrian, its not a bad holiday read.
i did find the authors habit of using similar words together, as though showing off his wordpower incredibly tedious and annoying, athough again, there are good points in the book.
the general premise, for example, is great.
dont expect a classic here, just make sure you buy it for less than say, £2 to ensure you get your moneys worth. having said that, i would like to give the guy a chance and read 'Day's' too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars SF/Crime/Ethical conundrum, 27 Feb 2007
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Although I quite enjoyed the detective elements in this novel, I was most taken with the observations made as to how the human race would react to the sudden appearance of extra terrestrials in our midst. The ensuing ethical questions regarding the desirability of us being able to fulfil our 'human' destiny whether for good or ill were raised with some care and the author was at pains not to ram any particular conclusion down our throats. Although with the image of humanity, effectively, whoring itself for the alien dollar there is probably not too much doubt as to the direction in which we are being nudged.

This was a thought provoking book wrapped around a competent police thriller and really shows the flexibility that SF can enjoy in asking us to think about our own natures. Good science fiction has never been about science in the future it has always been about ourselves in the here and now. This is an excellent contribution to the genre.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars quite awful really..., 1 Oct 2001
This review is from: The Foreigners (Hardcover)
I must say, I was quite taken with various positive comments and reviews on the jacket of the book. Something new, thought provoking and ground-breaking perhaps. I was very, very wrong. This is a poorly written Agatha Christie Novel which is only nominally Sci-fi in terms of genre. Do not believe anyone who tells you there is a brilliant twist at the end because there just isn't. The world the author describes is painfully boring and these tall golden giants contribute hardly at all to the benefit of the story.
I am extremely disappointed and wish I could have my money back.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cloak & dagger & crystech, 28 Feb 2002
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Picking and choosing elements of detective thriller and soft sci-fi, "The Foreigners" is the best of both worlds. The near-future atmosphere is sketched out with superb economy, so that the narrative never loses sight of the tradition of Conan Doyle and Christie. Nor are we allowed to forget that there are wider issues at stake than whodunnit and why; the invitation to consider the consequences of technological advancement is never very far below the surface.
While the basic premise owes not a little to Ian Macdonald's "Sacrifice of Fools," flawless pacing and deft misdirection of the reader's suspicions produce a much more compelling novel. Particularly contagious is the thoroughgoing optimism about humanity's future, a welcome change from the dismal prophecies of old hands like Moorcock and Pohl.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SF? More a detective/thriller, 25 Aug 2001
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Although this novel has an sf element, to be honest, it is a classic detective/thriller novel.
This is an extremely difficult novel to review - the final twist is wonderful. Any mention of plot, character development, etc, gives too much away...
To be honest, Mr Lovegrove makes many authors of the detective genre seem pedestrian. This novel is a crime novel - par excellence!
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