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Disjointed - contractual obligation novel,
This review is from: The Last Theorem (Hardcover)I am a long time SF reader. I picked this gem up for a mere £1 (for the hardback version) I think i paid too much for it to be honest. The bits which are obviously Clarke (about 33% of the novel) are the dullest parts. Pohl's contribution raises the bar a little. The only really interesting parts of the novel are the brief descriptions of math tricks and problems (of which there are too few to sustain the readers interest through the turgid conservative middle class dialogue and what passes for a plot.
The plot consists of old ideas patched together which were done far better in their original forms years previously. Pohl occasionally adds a bit of gritty realism (ie torture sequences) but these when contrasted against the grand absurd theme of the grand galactics just show the novel to be even more unbelievable and ridiculous.
The super intelligent aliens (the grand galactics)come across as ill thought out and would have been better portrayed as in a comic parody ala HGTTG.
The book is a disjointed affair, the last theorem has nothing at all to do with the main plot at all. The main plot is also not worth the ink or paper used to print it on.
Overall a sad ending to Clarke's brillant career and Pohl does little better. But he has't written anything decent for 20 years either.
Heaven forbid that any new readers to Clarke & Pohl get their hands on this travesty. Please new readers to these authors please check out Clarke's "2001:A Space Odyssey" "The City & The Stars" "Rendezvous with Rama" and Pohl's "Starchild Trilogy" "Man Plus" & "Gateway" to name just a few classics. They are way above the level of this monster.
I read all of this novel and by the time i got to the end i wished i had not wasted my time and had read something more worthy. The whole thing comes over as a contractual obligation exercise. Avoid at all costs.
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Initial post: 19 Apr 2010 21:22:08 BDT
M. Williams says:
I totally agree with you. I hope nobody picks out this woefully written book and thinks all their previous work is like this. What a dissapointment. Like you I couldnt believe how poorly written it was, from the old gradmaster himself.
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Feb 2011 18:07:19 GMT
Richard Collier says:
I also agree, as a SF fan I bought this book at an airport to read on a long trip. What a disappointment, this is not SF the bulk of the book is about the "too good to be true" life (in tedious boring detail) of the main character. Parts of it reminded me of the "round robin" OTT letter I get each year from the wife of a colleague that immigrated to the USA. However, I did enjoy the maths puzzles but not enough to warrant the £7+ I paid for it! Avoid at all cost.
Posted on 16 May 2011 20:11:23 BDT
A. Shaw says:
Yes, I have to agree as well.
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