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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent post-cyberpunk SF, amazing stuff for a first novel, 24 Oct 1998
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This review is from: To Hold Infinity (Paperback)
I enjoyed this book immensely.
One of the nicest realizations of the cyberpunk/post cyberpunk genre I've come across, basically the story of an evil genius who goes around killing off the elite and doing very nasty things with their minds.
The balance was just right, with no theme overpowering any other. The tech was interesting, without getting annoying, as often happens in this kind of novel.
There are some extremely evocative pieces of haiku on the chapter headings that give the book a really interesting flavour.
The prose style was completely transparent, with no irritating writer-tricks to bring you back to reality. The dialogue was excellent, too. People spoke realistically, with contractions and the occasional "Err..."
The exposition was also nicely handled, simple direct explanations, with no irritating maid-to-butler sessions a la Stephen Baxter.
Reasons it lost the fifth crown:
A lot of this has already been done in 'Aristoi', by Walter Jon Williams
The plot was a little busy for my taste, two shades more contemplation and a few hard decision would mave made it almost perfect.
Also, the plot could have been a little more interwoven, I found the whole series of events just a little too simple. Of course, a sequel could build on this very nicely indeed...
All in all, I heartily recommend it.
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