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4.0 out of 5 stars No Revelation Space here, 24 Jan 2012
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I've read nearly all of Alastair Reynolds books.

If you're new to Alastair Reynolds this is a very consumable sci-fi title which you could easily read in 2/3 days. I would categorise it as a mystery/thriller set in the near future within our solar system and as such I found it hard to put down. It doesn't stress current thinking about space travel/technology too far, so could also be seem as another "hard science fiction" title.

However, if you are a regular Alastair Reynolds reader, this title definately lacks the sheer majesty (copyright Brian Cox) of titles like "House of Suns" and "Pushing Ice", there is nothing to really stretch your mind. If you like this side of Alastair Reynolds perhaps wait for the paperback or a special offer. At the end, the story hints of much bigger things to come and I look forward to a much bigger canvas in the next two titles of this trilogy.

Again, as a regular Alastair Reynolds reader I found some concepts and characters similar to earlier titles;

The virtual Eunice Akinya seems to be modelled on Mademoiselle from Revelation Space

Parts of an undergound moon city are described like Chasm City (post plague)

And so on.

Overall, a very good sci-fi starter book.
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Initial post: 8 Feb 2012 15:40:05 GMT
CjW says:
Good Point - not one for me, sadly.

Posted on 28 Feb 2012 10:41:06 GMT
spoonofmilk says:
Thanks for the review - like you, I've read all of ARs books to date and it seems to me that the multi-million pound deal he signed with Gollancz hasn't helped his creative process. The last one, Terminal World, was lacking in depth for me too. It felt a lot like he was going through the motions of writing sci-fi books to a schedule rather than polishing and honing them to a high gloss, as in previous works (most notably Revelation Space, Chasm City, House Of Suns etc)

Shame... I'll still read it, but at least I now have realistic expectations!
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