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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (1 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841499455
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841499451
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,314,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A rip-roaring space adventure set in our far-future, from an author who has received multiple accolades from the Guardian, SFX, SciFi Now, SFRevu and blog enthusiasts. (she has a love of books in a future where reading is a lost art. But unfortunately, her story doesn't end there. Artemis has been sentenced to incarceration for multiple murders and she's innocent of these, but guilty of many more which haven't yet come)

Yet when she is recaptured, she is faced with a surprising choice that turns out to be no choice at all. She'll have her liberty if she becomes a guerrilla warrior, fighting rebels targeting Earth. Despite being part of a motley crew of criminals and psyc (A rip-roaring space adventure, featuring murder, revenge and rebellion)

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A rip-roaring space adventure set in our far-future, from an author who has received multiple accolades from the Guardian, SFX, SciFi Now, SFRevu and blog enthusiasts

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With every novel, Philip Palmer is going from strength to strength. I've not always enjoyed his writing style, but his eye for a story is wonderful and his imagination is seemingly endless. Every time I open one of his novels, I wonder when he will find the limits of his inventiveness and it's never that time. ''Artemis'' is no exception to that rule.

''Artemis'' is written as the thought diary of Dr Artemis McIvor, presented here for publication. She starts by breaking out of prison, before taking revenge on her former lover and betrayer Daxox and then joining the Government to help them win a war. It sounds quite simple put like this, but Palmer's strength has always been in the detail with which he fleshes out a relatively simple idea and he's certainly done that well here.

I've criticised Palmer's writing style in the past, as his way of switching between characters in an almost chick-lit style hasn't always sat well within the science fiction genre. Here, the narrator is entirely Artemis, so there is just the single point of view, which I feel works so much better. Even better is that, because the novel is presented as her thought diary, there are a number of digressions and tangents, which work wonderfully as she wanders away from her subject, occasionally hauling herself back, sometimes not. There are some touches of humour as she checks herself and some interesting roads to follow when she doesn't.

The format also allows for some amusing asides by the supposed editor of the book. I've read books where the footnotes can get rather annoying after a while, particularly in "Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell" by Susanna Clarke, but here they add something.
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As a fan of Philips writing, I'd been looking forward to this title for quite some time. I love the worlds he creates, the different situations his characters end up in and of course his writing style which feels quite nostalgic especially when added to the covers that Orbit produces to accompany them.

However that said, I had one major problem with the current release and that was the lead character, I couldn't stand her and as such it didn't matter how much work had gone into the rest of the project that one major niggle kept me from enjoying the title to the full potential. Don't get me wrong, his usual elements are all there but when I can't stand the principle player, I tend to have a hell of a job reading the title to the end. (I still do it, but it really feels like an uphill slog.)

Sadly for me, I prefer other titles by Philip such as Red Claw and Hell Ship but I won't let this title put me off and I'll hope my faith is rewarded in the next book of his to land.
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