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Another extraordinary work by Adam Roberts,
This review is from: Jack Glass (Golden Age) (Kindle Edition)
This is the second extraordinary novel by Adam Roberts (after Yellow Blue Tibia: A Novel) I've enjoyed and I've now upgraded him into the group of my favourite writers.
Roberts is simply brilliant: He has unique ideas (the ending or "solution" to the first of the three parts of this novel is mind-blowing), combines SF and mystery with ease and his use of language is remarkable.
A few examples (no spoilers) for ...
... insight: "The past is further away than the furthest galaxy. We know it, intuitively, because we understand the irrevocability of past action, and sometimes that makes us sad."
... clever use of a Tom Paxton-song: "(...) at that point he no longer had a mind to have a last thing on."
... creating memorable quotes (and more): "Asking the dream to interpret the dream is liable to lead to a short circuit."
... humour: "God's prepuce" (I think this is hilarious, but don't even look this word up if you are religious and easily offended)
... more insight: "One of the curiosities of anger is that the more you focus it outward, firing it at the injustices of the world, the more it actually parses your own self-pity and resentment."
... word creations: "Judasalem", "hashwine"
Be warned though - Roberts has a vocabulary (amanuensis, internecine, prepuce) that makes you glad you are reading it on a Kindle.
PS: I would be really surprised if Jack Glass does not win at least one award this year.
PPS: We are all entitled to our opinion, but it boggles the mind to see that someone can give this one star and call it an "appallingly disappointing waste of letters".