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- File Size: 2195 KB
- Print Length: 383 pages
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- Publisher: Worldbuilders Press (20 Sept. 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LWAESYQ
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- Average Customer Review: 124 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,212 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There are problems; Bob and his multiple incarnations are technically immortal and so there's no sense of drama around the main character.
The geek references are somewhat overdone and it's almost magical how Bob can conjure up an invention to deal with the latest problem.
At the end of the day it's like being a spectator to someone playing one of those empire building computer games but a bit more interesting.
There is humour galore as "Bob" goes about his task of finding places for humanity to move too. The clones he builds of himself provide a variety of offset characters to keep the interest (and humour) going.
I enjoyed this book and look forward to the release of the next in the series (tomorrow as it happens).
As a debut novel (as I believe this to be) We Are Legion is exceptional; it is confidently written and the flowing prose is remarkably easy to read especially for a book that is, at its core, a pretty hard science based story. In fact I would make a strong comparison with Andy Wier’s The Martian; the content is completely different but the style is, in many ways, very similar. Both are debut novels, both are self-confessed geeky stories, neither are comedies though both are filled with snarky, geeky humour with many references to present day pop culture – Star Trek, Star Wars, The Simpsons etc., etc. – and both manage to hold the reader’s attention despite much of the dialogue actually being internal monologue. Its three hundred and twenty pages passed, for me, in the blink of an eye. That humour keeps the read light and easy but don’t be lulled into thinking all the topics are going to be light and easy; they aren’t. Taylor unflinchingly and somewhat acerbically addresses the insanity so often manifested when humans replace humanity with politics; the craziness so often portrayed in We Are Legion is, sadly, all too plausible.
I so often complain about the poor editing I encounter, particularly in debut or self-published novels, and so it is with great pleasure that I found the almost complete absence of such problems here. It just shows that it can be done if the author and editor take the time to do it right. My compliments to both (I am assuming it wasn’t self-edited).
My only complaint is that Taylor is not brilliant at smooth endings. Many chapters ended very abruptly and the final end of the book felt more like just another chapter ending. There is no real conclusion to any of the threads; everything is pretty much left hanging making this feel more like the end of one part of a long book rather than the end of one book in a trilogy. But, as the next book is already published and the third will be out shortly, that is not as much of a problem as it might have been, and I will certainly be continuing with those two before too long.
Our cynical, slightly sarcastic but ultimately human hero "Bob" is coerced / drafted / not given much choice into saving the world by heading out into the stars to find another one. Along the way we get space exploration, aliens and quite a few surprises.
The quality of the writing is excellent, either Mr Taylor has a natural talent or the help of a good editor. The chapters flowed quite naturally, the dialog wasn't jarring and I just found this book fun to read (well, listen to). It had me looking forward to my commute so I could see what Bob was going to do next!
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