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This review is from: Stand On Zanzibar (Paperback)
The thing with fortune tellers, is that people tend to remember the things they get right and forget what they get wrong. So it is with this book. Brunner certainly gets very near the mark with many of his predictions but is very wide of the mark with others.
However, don't read this book as a work of prediction. Take it for what it is - a story which is set some 30 years from when it was written and you'll probably find it a more worthwhile read.
I have to confess that it took me quite a while to get past the first few pages of this book. The style, which consists of straight prose interspersed with various snapshots into people's lives, newsflashes, glossary style definitions, snippets of conversations and the sociological observations of Chad C. Mulligan can make for a hard slog. Also, while many novels set in the future make use of "futurespeak" I, perhaps unfairly, found Brunner's particular brand of future jargon quite irritating, all "hipcrimes", "muckers", "shiggies" and the like. Also, the use of faux-swearing; "dreck" this and "sheeting" that I found quite purile and, again, an irritant.
However, these are minor points, probably saying more about me, and overall I enjoyed this book and would recommend it.