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4.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but a very good read, 3 Jan 2006
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This review is from: Pushing Ice (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Hardcover)
Pushing Ice isn't perfect, but it doesn't deserve some of the very negative reviews it has received (one talks about FTL travel which doesn't appear anywhere in the novel other than as speculation during conversation - so they haven't read it that carefully).
This is a novel of big ideas occurring over cosmic timescales. For me it successfully evoked the helplessness that would be experienced by humans when they are caught up in events they are unable to control and can only struggle to understand. The story manages to throw up plenty of revelations and plot twists - some expected, some not - whilst throwing up interesting questions on the ultimate futility of any human (or alien) endeavour. Yes, some of the characters are underdeveloped (Wang being a very significant one for me), but there is a driving energy behind the story that is maintained until the final page and that compensates for any shortcomings. Alastair Reynolds set the bar very high with his early works and whilst this is not quite the equal of them I feel that it is a stronger book than Century Rain and I'm already looking forward to seeing what he comes up with next.
Read it and enjoy it, but try not to worry too much about the ultimate futility of doing so.
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Initial post: 15 Jun 2010 14:45:24 BDT
mad_mushroom says:
The negative reviewer you singled out for comment wrote: 'There were some interesting ideas regarding alternative methods of FTL travel'. Note: 'ideas'. Not full blown spaceships. So perhaps you didn't read that negative review very carefully.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jan 2011 23:12:53 GMT
Dave Box says:
That's not the review I was talking about. Thanks.
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