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Glimpses, but little more,
This review is from: Galactic North (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Hardcover)
A collection of stories brought together in this novella that attempt to tie together more of revelation space. To me the strongest of the stories is Weather as it is the one to rely on real character strength rather than the surrounding which frankly is what a number of the other stories rely on.
Invariable with a book like this you are not going to get under the skin of the action, you are not going to learn enough about the major protagonists to empathise or truly understand them and that clearly isn't the intention but I feel it is my style of reading that relates to human emotion far more than the colourful backgrounds that Reynolds's paints. I have always been able to enjoy his books because he fuses human traits into fantastical realities, for some I suggest these realities are what draws them to the books.
As one would expect a lot of these stories are stubs, an extract of what has been or what is to come and some of the ideas are truly fantastic. But as a caveat I would suggest they are probably for the more advanced Alastair Reynolds reader but they are enjoyable nonetheless.