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On (GOLLANCZ S.F.) by [Roberts, Adam]
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Book Description

An immensely confident novel that quite literally turns your world on its side.

About the Author

Despite being only 35 Adam Roberts is a senior lecturer and reader at London University. Not content with editing the Oxford edition of Tennyson¿s poetry he has also written books on Browning as well as a critical guide to SF.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1200 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (9 Sept. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043M67EY
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #446,560 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have to go with the reader from Sandown. There's a lot of invention packed into this book, and the main character is effectively drawn, but then it all tails off into a series of disjointed scenes and, ultimately, the arrival of a deus ex machina (in more senses than one) who explains nearly everything but then sets up a couple of brand new mysteries, and then... the book stops. Roberts fits comfortably into the millenium wave of British SF writers - the belief that novels don't need a proper ending, the obsession with gore, blood, guts and severed limbs, all the trademarks are there. So long as you can get past that it's not a bad book, but it's lacking something.
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Adam Roberts' second novel demonstrates that here is an author who refuses to be straight-jacketed by the 'normal' rules of hard sf as he creates the most bizarre of worlds and then show us it from the perspective of one of its seemingly most insignificant denizens.
Tighe's story is part quest through a setting as bizarre as any in Gene Wolfe's 'New Sun' series, part the story of a coming of age into a true age of wonders. Yes, it's strange, yes it's unusual, indeed almost 'fantastic' in flavour, but it does have a very solid hard sf basis - and there's always been more to science fiction than just robots and spaceships, as Roberts more than ably demonstrates.
Give 'On' a try - take your head in new directions.
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The book started well, with some great characterisation. I really enjoyed the introductory part, which was very short, but then half the good characters got effectively killed off. The tale seemed to then go into an incredibly long and ultimately irrelevent series of cutscenes into the conclusion, which was equally short and unsatisfactory. Definitely not a good story, nor well told. The characters and the set though, cannot be faulted.
The worst offence of all, in my view, was the appendix which explained in painful technical detail the origin of the unusual phenomenon which is the breathtaking central premise of the book. There was more than enough room in the body of the book to explain all of this in a much more friendly and exciting way; and goodness knows it needed a bit of that. The appendix managed to make this audacious idea into a dull and pointless sideshow. A tragic waste.
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I have read other books by Adam Roberts such as Salt that I enjoyed. However this book left me very disappointed. The concept behind the book is a very interesting one but the characters and plot within the book were shallow and meaningless. As for the ending - I thought I had a book with missing pages.
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If you like tightly-plotted sci-fi with believable characters and a gripping storyline then avoid this book like the plague-'cos there's none of that here!
The main character manages to skulk his way through 90% of the story by coasting on automatic. He does nothing of any consequence-events happen to him and in most cases he fails to react, let alone act. Even faced with a chance to push his cannibilistic captor over a cliff he considers acting but 'Something stopped him' Flabby writing at best.
To cap it all in the last part of the book Tighe finally starts taking a little responsibility for his life and is punished with an ending whose message seemed to me to say 'How dare he try to have a life of his own'
The book finishes off with a few pages where the author explains how everything he created is technically possible. Pardon me but I always thought a work of art needs no excuses. However I found this book to be far from a work of art...
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There is a particular brand of fantasy writing where the author has an apparently inspired idea or concept, and then proceeds to tell you about it...badly. This is one of those books.
Although the ideas and issues raised are all of a high intellectual quality and potentially interesting, Roberts simply isn't a very good writer. Whenever he talks about how the main character Tighe is thinking, you get the distinct impression he's just listing what ought to be said there - you don't get any real idea of what Tighe feels or believes, only the voice of Roberts dictating at you. There is a definite difference in there, and one which led me to stare in incomprehension at the page on far too many occasions, trying to work out why I was continuing reading. And I realised that reason was because several reviews I had read said the book was really very good.
It isn't. Anyone who has read a superior style of science fiction/fantasy such as Iain M. Banks, Peter F. Hamilton or J.V. Jones would be appalled by the way this novel has been executed. The style is such that I could not immerse myself in it as I can with those authors; the impression throughout is of Roberts dictating to you what is happening, and he isn't even any good at that. His hamfisted attempts at creating a "zany" world are laughable - novelty names are one thing, but "Pahe" and "Pashe" for father and mother respectively just don't ring true, and are a mouthful to articulate.
When I come across a book which I fundamentally dislike as much as this one I always wonder distractedly whether I have "misread" it, and that I've rather missed the point, as so many other people seem to have enjoyed reading it. Therefore, despite my vigorous condemnation, I suggest that if you want to try this book, borrow it from a library to see what YOU think of Roberts's style, and don't spend money on him until you're sure.
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