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This novel was a disappointment, as I'd read good things about Chris Beckett. His writing style is, to me, rather lifeless and bland. Perhaps he wanted the story to take front stage and the prose itself to be transparent. Unfortunately the story is also rather lifeless and bland. Beckett deals with themes that have been covered before, and with much greater aplomb, by a number of SF writers. The venerable Philip K. Dick especially comes to mind, as he spent much of his writing career discussing "what is human?" along with various religious themes. Unlike Beckett Dick delved very deeply into these subjects, creating several masterpieces around them. In The Holy Machine, Beckett fails to create a believable or compelling world. The characters are irritating, often one-dimensional, and not particularly interesting. He poses no new questions and offers no new answers to old ones. Come the end of the book I cared very little about what had gone before. Having said all this I have read worse so it squeezes a slightly reluctant 2 from me.
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Initial post: 22 Jan 2014 21:08:39 GMT
I read this review while struggling to maintain any interest in completing the book myself. Over half way through but not sure I will get much further. The review captures my own feelings very well and I agree with the rating. More gushing reviews on Amazon must surely be from people who have not read the many much better novels in the genre.
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