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4.0 out of 5 stars To be fair . . ., 11 April 2012
This review is from: Hidden Empire (Saga of Seven Suns 1) (Paperback)
Yes, this is space opera à la pulp. You might argue that it is dated, and you would be right to point the finger at shallow characterisation. The dialogue is stilted. You could even fairly argue that it doesn't belong in the first rank of Grand Cosmos storytelling.

However . . . it is nonetheless a guilty pleasure page-turner ne plus ultra that only the snobbish, jaded and grumpy could fail to be titivated by.

In attempting to grapple with the scale of the universe Anderson's macro-story necessarily reduces and homogenises civilisations to characters. Populating each world with individually credible and fully-fleshed, barked, icy, liquid and fiery beings would have required a series twice the already considerable length of the Seven Suns Saga.

This is a broad-brush, impressionistic work best appreciated by rapid reading without over-close inspection of the detail. By that measure, it's rollicking entertainment.

Pointless to waste keytime comparing it to any of a score of writers whose SF demands line-by-line appreciation or whose worlds teem with engrossing micro-detail: this is just a big dumb rocket of a thing that zigzags entertainingly enough through giant vistas.

As holiday reading, it's conveniently packaged to blitz a book a day on the beach and finish the saga on the plane home. Happy days.
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