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This review is from: Glasshouse (Paperback)
I never thought I'd be down-checking a Stross novel, but I'm afraid this one's not up to his usual standard.
It never does much more than state the basics of the story until around halfway through the book, and then it all happens at once.
Although you've guessed much of what's to come, at the end there's an accelerated bit of revelation and resolution that clears things up without being anywhere near as entertaining as it could have been.
As it's another one of those fashionable exotic-science-for-magic efforts with matter transmitters,body-hopping and universal assemblers, the fun is in showing our hero(ine)'s reaction to the limits on what they can do in the place they find themselves in. Unfortunately the gag soon wears thin, and you start to wish for a pick-up in pace that just doesn't happen soon enough.
The bridge crew of the Enterprise did it 45 years ago. In fact they kept on doing it because it was cheap! The Stepford Wives did some of it. It isn't really any better now. Only Mork from Ork got away with it as only the late great Mr Williams could.There's plenty of great techno-babble, and the slow revelation of what our hero really is comes over well, but for someone that can write "Accelerando" or the "Laundry Files" (more,more!) this just didn't play correctly. Too much time was spent in M&B land.