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A King of Infinite Space by [Steele, Allen]
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About the Author

Allen Steele worked as a freelance journalist before becoming a prolific science fiction writer. He has garnered multiple Hugo Awards for his novellas and novelettes; his novel Orbital Decay won the Locus Award for Best First Novel in 1990.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 916 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Fantastic Books (6 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FOF94CG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #736,252 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Good story telling keeps you engaged and interested. The ending is quite unexpected and a clever play on the characters role in the story.

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.
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I was so enchanted with this book that I set it down after the third page, albeit with difficulty, and typed the text from pages 1 through 3 and sent it out as an email to my friends. Steele's writing is _that_ good.
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."
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Lots of twists and turns in the plot so the story skips along at a fair wack, then you get to the ending! Without doing a spoiler let's say that there is a really huge and surprising plot twist! Problem is that it is completely unconvincing. The set up of the turn-a-round would be so complex that it'd be impossible to execute, even if the reason for doing it was credible, it's not.

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?
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While intensely binging on SciFi books in the last five months, I found myself putting aside Asimov and A.C. Clarke in order to read the too few, still available books Allen Steele has had time to write. Actually, "A king of infinite space" was the first A. Steele novel I have read, which prompted me to immediately purchase "The Jericho Iteration" and "The Tranquility Alternative". From novel to novel, Allen seems to be consistent in his delivery of suspensful and ingeniously crafted science fiction. The relentless pace of events leaves the reader gratefully exhausted but still wanting more. "How soon can you write another novel, Allen?".
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I like all of Mr. Steeles works. Well, that is no longer a true statement. The book description sounds fantastic! The book reality is shatteringly bad.
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!
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