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A SF book that isn't a sequel? I might have to sit down!,
This review is from: Cowl (Hardcover)
At just over 400 pages, Cowl certainly deserved credit for being a sleek, self-contained little book, that doesn't commit you to buying another endless series of novels just to find out what happened. The book never outstays its welcome, the pace is brisk and nothing seems extraneous. The plot, hackneyed though it might be, has enough polish to feel fresh and comes with enough new ideas to persuade you that Cowl is original.
Asher has sat down, come up with a series of fabulous SF ideas (biological time machines anyone?), thought up two lead characters that you care about - and yes, might even like and then put them up against a truly diabolical baddie. It sounds simple - but so many books don't get these basics right.
Enjoy the rollicking good pace, the superb action and the novel characterisations - Cowl is a fine book that stands apart on shelves filled with derivative bloated monstrosities.
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Initial post: 16 Jan 2011 20:59:16 GMT
Robert Harvey says:
'Biological time machines' - well I've long thought that there is something organic about Dr Who's TARDIS. I suspect that I am not alone in this, just look at the recent interior set designs.
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