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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 9 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 27 Jun. 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0058DE0FK
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It is not a sophisticated read, a little clumsy and in need of a good editing. I also felt that, perhaps it is for younger readers, although that might be doing a disservice to younger readers (I'm too old to comment). Certainly the protagonist seems to act and get treated like a teenager and that seems to be the narrative viewpoint. My biggest problem with the book is that the author has a tendency to dwell on overly detailed explanations that add little to the story and interrupt the pace. It is almost as if all of the research the author has done for the book **has** to find its way onto the page. Because of this I occasionally found myself skim reading parts. I don't want to give the plot away, because there are good twists and ideas in here, sufficient to keep me reading, but there is one scene where the main character is in a life or death situation and rather than develop that and build some tension, I thought it wandered off into some distracting explanation or another.
I think you have to read to the end to understand what the author was doing with some of the earlier chapters, particularly the future-history lessons, which initially seemed a little over the top - and overly juvenile in their explanations (although you will understand at the end). I'm not sure but, these might have been less distracting, if some of the other 'over-explanations' and 'analysis', were cut back.
In summary, I found it a little frustrating, but do not regret taking the time to finish it, even if I did have to skim read some of the (in my opinion) unnecessary techno-detail.
Having spent an avid couple of hours devouring this title I felt that the price could have been several pounds higher and still been justified.
What I found was what amounts to quite a fresh idea executed well and as others have pointed out some very detailed explanations which as a more technical minded reader I found very engaging.
Having finished the book I am now in the process of populating my Kindle with the rest of his novels currently available and I retain high hopes for them.
In my mind for the price paid it is well worth it and rest assured it is something I will find myself returning to read several times.
That had nothing to do with the writing- Cantrell is a fine writer and the book is well edited, but it is just too frontloaded with technical information rather than story. For a novel, it is just way too technical; the science is definitely sound and the author deserves five stars for his research and technological know-how- the tech explained here and the whole scenario is entirely believable- it's just that there are pages and pages of technical description that is frankly brain numbing in a work of fiction- the art of a good 'hard' sci-fi book should be that the technology is believable and acceptable without lengthy descriptions disrupting the story telling...Alistair Reynolds is a good example of a writer that pulls this trick off.
However for much of this book, it's difficult to discern whether the author is wanting to write a series of articles for New Scientist, or a novel. In that way perhaps he would have been better providing all the techy info in an appendix or maybe a second, technical back up booklet, I don't know, it's just what at its core is a great story, is just muffled by a lot a stuff I- and I suspect many people- will just skim through.
Having said that- and the fact that the characters are inevitably very cardboard with all of this authorly attention to the technology- at exactly the halfway point the story suddenly takes off and you have an absorbing page turner that for a while you can't put down. Quite extraordinary.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was actually a pretty good little book, which is surprising as since reading this I have become totally disillusioned with the £1 "sci-fi" books Amazon are shoving in... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Alexander Close
Love the book. Couldn't put it down and I'm not really into sci Fi.
So believable. The detail was brilliant.
I have read this twice on kindle and loved it. Wanted to buy this as a gift.Published 11 months ago by Mewgul
Although there is a lot of technological language and explanations in the context of the book and the story line it serves multiple purposes (to give the true depth of the reality... Read morePublished 12 months ago by J. Vieira
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