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Brave,but not his best,
This review is from: Terminal World (Hardcover)I have really loved many of Mr Reynold's books. In fact Diamond Dogs is one of my favourite short stories of all time - Chasm City and so on are also brilliant.
He builds a great setting here and there's some really interesting ideas, but ultimately I felt it didn't hang together as well as some of his other books. I didn't empathise with the main character (and I began to suspect an Iain Banks style twist somewhere). Here, like Century Rain (also one of his books I liked less) the story relies on characterisation to work well and I didn't find the characters so convincing. There was also a slight tendency to introduce major plot elements at short notice, eg "I hope we don't run into X" and 6 pages later..
However, I still think it's a book worth reading for the big ideas behind it, which is where Reynolds excels. I also wouldn't say he's blotted his copybook, and it would be hard to maintain the standard of his earlier work, but I wouldn't start here.