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2.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear... I really should have known better., 15 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: Uplift: The Complete Original Trilogy (Uplift Omnibus Book 1) (Paperback)
Having struggled just to get to the end of `Existence', some aberrant force of nature made me buy this monstrous tome in the misguided hope that perhaps Brinn deserved another chance.

The central concept of uplift is original and in another author's hands it could have given rise to an exceptional story. The Brinn treatment, however, was the kiss of death. Just like `Existence', this enormous volume (1200 pages of small print) is unbelievably slow and disjointed but I struggled on manfully through the first book hoping beyond reason that it might gather some pace. It didn't. The admittedly original and imaginative ideas just got bogged-down in a quagmire of rambling, superfluous packing. Adding to that the bizarre lack of full stops and sloppy grammar I really should have learnt my lesson but, nope, I waded into the second book. Oh dear. Silly me. The whole dolphin thing just doesn't work - it's totally daft & implausible and my complete failure to suspend disbelief made it even more of a slog than the first book. Hmmm, then there's the poetry - `nuff said. I started on the third book but the recurrence of doggerel verse was just too much to bear.

Perhaps if I didn't have anything else to read and I was marooned on a desert island with nothing else to do, I would finish this book. I'm more likely, however, to use it as a door stop. It is all a matter of taste, of course, and the world would be a dull place if we all liked the same things but I didn't enjoy it at all. Thankfully I have the perfect Brinn antidote - `Abaddon's Gate' is lurking appealingly in the book case...
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Initial post: 16 Jul 2014 20:40:32 BDT
Pete says:
Wow. I think the first 3 books are some of the best scifi I have ever read. In particular Startide Rising is an amazing piece of storytelling.

Each to their own I suppose.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jul 2014 07:19:19 BDT
Indeed - that's the wonder of science fiction; it's a huge genre with more sub-genres that you can shake a stick at so something will always appeal to somebody but not all of it to everybody. Thanks for your comment.
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