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Entertaining Space Fantasy,
This review is from: Grimspace (Mass Market Paperback)
Sirantha Jax is the carrier of a rare gene, which gives her the ability to jump ships through grimspace. This talent shortens her life expectancy but allows her to work as a navigator for the Corp, who can then provide Interstellar travel to the paying customer. When the ship she's navigating crashes, Jax is imprisoned and interrogated. But she has no memory of the crash. A man called March breaks into her cell and offers to help her, she accepts his offer, because she really has no place left to go. But the Corp haven't finished with her yet.
I've read in several reviews that Grimspace has been compared to Firefly and Serenity (and I'd add a little Pitch Black), and I think that's a good comparison. If you like those shows I see no reason why you wouldn't like this book. It's full of quotable dialogue, action set pieces and quite a bit of running about.
If I had a problem it was that for me it didn't always quite hang together. The story is well written and engaging, but at certain points I couldn't always follow what was going on. The other problem I had was with it being written in first person point of view (POV). Now I read a lot of Urban Fantasy so it's not the actual first person that's the problem. But there are so many characters coming in and out of scenes, as soon as they leave the POV's sphere of influence you don't get to find out what happened to them, it left me feeling like there were gaps in the story. Plus I don't think I quite got to know Jax as well as I could have.
On the positive side, there was much more that I liked about the story.
It's original. It read much more like Urban Fantasy in space, than space opera. So definitely one I'd recommend for UF fans looking for something a little different.
It's written realistically. When Jax has to fly the ship when she's never flown before, she doesn't suddenly become an ace pilot. She just about manages to steer in a straight line. (Okay, not even that). Things go wrong. These are not people who never make mistakes. They are people who make mistakes and have to deal with consequences and move on.
I like that each member of the crew is an individual. They each have their own history and their own reason for being there. I hope in future books we find out even more about them. There is a romantic subplot between Jax and March, but it is pretty crammed in between the adventuring. What helps suspend your belief about the intensity of their feelings is that as pilot and navigator when they jump their thoughts merge together. There's a level of trust there that allows you to believe they could fall for each other that fast.
So overall I really enjoyed the story. And I think a re-read would probably help iron out my quibbles. I am looking forward to the next book Wanderlust and will be getting it, when it's released in August 2008.
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Initial post: 10 Apr 2011 17:51:08 BDT
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This was a helpful review, and I bought the book on the strength of it. So far, I am really enjoying it. I like the comparison with UF -- yes, it does have that feel. It makes a nice change from space-opera, although I like that too.
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