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2.0 out of 5 stars Average pulp fiction, 2 Feb 2012
This review is from: Blue Remembered Earth (Poseidons Children 1) (Hardcover)
I always have great hopes when I see a new Alastair Reynolds books coming. To make the review short, recently I have been disappointed. The tendency has become to use a whole book to set up a series, this is not really a stand alone book and as such the length of it is disproportionate to the story it puts across. Also disappointingly it is very simlplistic compared to his earlier works the extent of which is shown in that I guessed most of the plot by 25% in - infuriating to read a book just to "see if you're correct". The book lends itself well to screen play (as does Terminal World) and I am beginning to get suspicions that this is the new aim of the author - not writing for sci-fi readers, but writing for possible future revenue from films. Having been quite negative about it bear in mind that I haven't given any other author recently more that one star reviews, Michael Cobley and Gary Gibson can't even match this low standard. It's worth a read as there is little else out there, but buy secondhand and pay no more than a fiver. I shall buy the rest when they come out in the hope that we return to the quality of the writer's works in the revelation space universe.

**I have just read someone else's comment about the ten book deal....explains the last two books perfectly. Author has sold out, understandably given the money on offer, but hopefully publishers will realise that the pressure means low quality fare and therefore worse sales than expected - I rescind my comment about buying the rest when they come out. My money will be going to other authors who write for the readers. Bye Bye AR - sorry to see you go. Shall return to my good old Many Coloured Land series (Julian May 1980) and Revelation Space re-reads in the meantime.**
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Initial post: 2 Feb 2012 18:42:11 GMT
Sold out, tell me about it. Anyone would think he's trying to make a living. How dare he

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Feb 2012 21:00:01 GMT
Last edited by the author on 2 Feb 2012 21:05:34 GMT
LOL don't mind the "to make a living" - "Author has sold out, understandably given the money on offer"; but to do it by taking the money and then lowering standards - that sucks.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jul 2013 15:30:02 BDT
Kerome says:
I doubt whether he intentionally is lowering the standard. More likely some of his pre-writing process has changed, and it's adversely affecting the quality of the novel while ticking the boxes for the later movie material. But it is true that with a large new revenue source over multiple books the pressure behind writing for royalties somewhat disappears, as you know your income is no longer directly bound to book sales.

Although I have to say I've not yet read BRE, and thought The Prefect was among his best so far.
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