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This review is from: Newton's Wake: Novel (Paperback)
I brought this after being pleasantly surprised by 'Learning the World' from the same author. I wish I'd read these reviews first! MacLeod introduces and occasionally even develops some nice ideas and concepts, but never really follows through. In some respect it's rather reminiscent of Charles Stross's works, being built around the ideas and aftermath of a singularity, and is just as incomprehensible. The use of pseudo-glaswegian dialect doesn't really help, either - it's easily read, but pointless complication. After a promising start, it seems as though the author has suddenly realised he's going to go over his page limit, and from then on, everything feels rushed and compressed, or at very least lost and looking for the punchline.