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A King of Infinite Space Kindle Edition
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Still unsure how the title relates to the content but that doesn't detract from the content. Gives hope to those who plan to freeze their head when they die, in that respect, a bit like Futurama.
This "Near Space" future of Steele's is a complex and exciting place, but the good pacing and delightful writing feeds it to us a piece at a time in a very believable fashion; I felt that I missed nothing from not having read the earlier works in this universe, although I plan to correct that misfortune soon. :)
William Alec Tucker, III's recovery from a mindlessness brought on by his resurrection through learning the intricacies of late 21st century living is more than just a device to introduce that world to the reader. It is also the vehicle for a character development that is especially exceptional for this genré. While Steele's "Near Space" is reminiscent of Niven's "Known Space" in its breadth, consistency, and believability, the journey of self-discovery that William Tucker goes through reminded me more of Pirsig's "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance."
The technical correctness, strong coherency, and brilliant character development are joined by Steele's good command, and use, of the English language. Although not up to the lofty linguistic levels of, say, Mark Helprin's "Winter's Tale", (one of my all-time favorite examples of good writing,) the vocabulary is nonetheless rich and full of facile description. I look forward to reading something where Allen Steele is not restricted to a first-person narrative.
This is writing of rare quality, and I heartily encourage any serious science fiction reader to savor "A King of Infinite Space."
Our hero has been running under the radar because he is pretending to be a person of low IQ. The final twist and cliffhanger is about what job he gets offered after going through all these maturing experiences. Well I was expecting something pretty awesome, what he in fact gets offered is equivalent to watching paint dry (for 70 years!).
So maybe the author is telling us that the narrator is completely unreliable and really is a moron?
I have never been so bored with a 'Steele' book. The plot is drawn out longer than Coney Island summer taffy. This should have been a short story.
I expected insights and conclusions. What I got were a bunch of "high flautin" aliens and some space robber barons that fancied themselves pirates. Yuck!
This book could have gone in so many interesting ways; too bad it avoided all of them. Save your money and buy a copy of Larry Niven's A WORLD OUT OF TIME. Same premise... handled with more style!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought for the Husband who has said it's a great SCi-Fi book great writing.Published 19 months ago by Hawks
This was my first Allen Steele, and I enjoyed it immensly. I found the story line gripping and the style of writing keeps you engrossed. I didn't want to put it down. Read morePublished on 26 Nov. 1999
This book is as cruel to the reader as the three characters Chris, Anna and Mr Chicago are cruel to Alec, the main character. The surprise ending turned my guts inside-out. Read morePublished on 21 July 1999
I can't recomend this book highly enough. Steele manages to paint a suitable bizarre enough picture of the future that you could see it happening. Read morePublished on 6 May 1999
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