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This review is from: The Machine (Hardcover)
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I thought this was a brilliant book. It is intelligent, thoughtful and completely gripping.
I cannot really describe the plot without giving away too much, so I won't. The publishers' synopsis is right - this is a Frankenstein for the twenty-first century (it is set in the near future). It is a fantastic piece of storytelling: the rather deadpan prose is excellent, the narrative extremely well paced, the characters utterly convincing and the plot developments fascinating and unpredictable. James Smythe generates a brilliant air of menace both in the plot and setting, which builds slowly and gripped me completely. The book, as well as being a page-turning story, is a thoughtful look at the nature of memory, at what makes us the people we are and at what might happen if the fundamentals of our characters and memories are altered.
It is hard to give more of flavour of this book because I am wary of spoilers, but I warmly recommend it to anyone who likes a dark, unsettling but very intelligent and thought-provoking read which will keep you up late to finish it. It is one of the best things I have read for some time.
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Initial post: 25 Jul 2014 19:58:58 BDT
Jane Vernon says:
What an excellent review! It encouraged me to buy the book and now that I've finished reading it, there's not a single part of this review I would argue with or add to. Thank you.
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2014 07:30:18 BDT
Sid Nuncius says:
Why, thank you, Jane - you are very kind! I'm glad you liked the review.
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