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those who do not know the past will be doomed to eat it.,
This review is from: Transition (Hardcover)
plenty seems to have been written about this already, so i won't bore you with repeating what others have said apart from saying that i liked it, but both iain and iain m. banks have done better.
i'm posting this (rant) review mainly because nobody mentioned the real obvious literary antecedents, which i reckon to be michael moorcock's jerry (and catherine) cornelius stories and particularly bryan talbot's luther arkwright tome...
the moorcock stories are great but a little too 'of the time' (hippie era)...not a problem if you're a massive hawkwind fan (like myself), but most modern sf readers may be put off by this...
bryan talbot's 'adventures of luther arkwright' is one of the greatest graphic novels ever created...definitely up there with watchmen, marshal law (fear & loathing) & the dark knight returns...it's a killer that demands full attention...read it now!!
the sequel ('heart of empire') is fun but doesn't involve the reader nearly as much as the original story...the background 'reality' nearly makes up for it...really nicely imagined...