Entertaining read, but disappointed in series plans,
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This review is from: Satan's Reach (Weird Space) (Paperback)
I like Eric Brown's style of writing. Not too heavy, fast moving, and, on the whole, entertaining throughout. Comparing his style to, say, Banks or Hamilton is like comparing Dune to Dr Who. Both entertaining in their own way but Brown requires less of your intellectual time and commitment. That's not to say his books are less intellectual, merely that he gets the job done in under 300 pages, whereas other authors can take double (or more) that length telling the same story. Obviously to do this he skimps in some areas where others would elaborate and embellish. Sometimes his characters could do with a bit more filling out but, in the main, his books are a quick, easy and entertaining read.
Having said that, I don't think the two books (Satans Reach and Devils Nebula) are quite as good as some of his others (Helix and the Bengal Station trio of Necropath, Xenopath and Cosmopath to name a few).
What I am disappointed about, however, is the news that Eric Brown is not actually planning to do any more in this series. Instead, he has merely created the universe in which other writers will continue his ideas. This may explain why they are not quite as good, as he has nothing invested in ensuring the trilogy (if that's what it is) plays out to the end .
While this may be, in theory, a good idea by Abaddon Books (the publishers), I am not too sure if this idea will sell books. When I bought these two books it was with the thought that there would be a third in the not too distant future from the same author. If I had known that he was merely to start the series and someone else was going to finish it then perhaps I would have thought again. After all, it was only his earlier books that persuaded me to buy these. When I am buying the first in a trilogy/series from the likes of Hamilton, Asher or Reynolds I expect that author to finish the series and not leave it hanging. The next time Eric Brown starts on a trilogy/series I will probably wait until all the books in the series have been written before I buy.
Despite searching through both Abaddon's and Eric Brown's websites, plus a few connected blogs, I can find no news whatsoever on the next book in the 'trilogy' (if there is one), and who, if anyone, is writing it, which is very disappointing.