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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a Whale of a Tale, 19 Aug 2012
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I have not read McAuley extensively, but enjoyed Pasquale's Angel and it's quasi steam-punk take on the Renaissance, and the first two instalments of The Quiet War series are great space opera and the first volume worthy of its Arthur C. Clarke nomination. However, if the first two books in the series seem to point somewhere, the third fails to get you there. It attempts to offer elements of both a prequel and a sequel the the first two books, but with rather loose connections which I found only became clear (and rather disappointly so) at the end of the book. There is little of the tension and excitment of the first books, characters not nearly as well developed, and I think McAuley had to strain a bit to bring the two main sublplots together at the end. He introduces new elements: demons and exocism, a strange parallel reality called the library where a fair amount of action occurs. But it isn't entirely clear if the characters are phycially present in this parallel world, and if they aren't, where the physical characters are, or what happens to demons when they are exorcised in this world. In fact, the whole point of placing demons (and the library) in the story was lost on me.

Not the sort of conclusion I was expecting, if in fact it is one.
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Initial post: 23 Dec 2012 21:09:50 GMT
The library is a virtual reality representation of the internet, the demons are rogue artificial intelligences.

I thought this was all made perfectly obvious in the plot.
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