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An Excellent SF Adventure With a Killer Central Gag,
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This review is from: The Skinner (Spatterjay) (Paperback)
A previous reviewer had complained about the lack of solidly drawn, believable characters in this novel and to a certain extent s/he has a point, at least two of the perspectives, from which this story is told, seem to lack any accessible motivation. So why as high as 4 stars? 4 reasons.
Asher’s descriptive powers are first rate, he paints a series of truly masterful scenes of monsters and the violence they do. Then the action sequences of the story are well told, they are entertaining and exciting. Added to this the overall SF is good. A solidly imagined future history (not as realistic as many that have been created, but certainly one in which it’s fun to wander about for several hours at a time). What I’ve described so far would be enough to earn a 3 star recommendation from me. What lifts this novel up to a 4 star is Asher’s central joke. Obviously I have no wish to tell what it is here. However he carries on through the novel without it ever getting wearisome, indeed when I cottoned on to what he was doing after a few chapters I became eager to get to the next chapter to see how he was going to carry the gag further. I found it very funny, even laugh out loud funny at times and that’s worth 4 stars any day.