- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1162 KB
- Print Length: 320 pages
- Publisher: Blip Books (3 Nov. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00OSTAPG8
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 67 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,026 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I’m no wordy critic so I’ll keep it simple. If you like well thought out and well written space opera this is for you. If you like your future tech to have at least some plausibility not straying too far from the laws of physics and an extremely interesting glimpse of how us humans might socially connect with each other; this is for you. If you like your humour dark, cynical and relevant; this is for you.
A highly recommended and enjoyable page turner.
Fantastic read (as was the first installment - slabscape reset), the writing is fantastic with some cracking humour. Really enjoyed the characters but for me what steals the show is Slab itself. What a setting. What an imagination our author here has.
Can't recommend this series enough. And for slabsake, please write and release the third book! Please!
The setting and "hard" sci-fi elements with grand scale is pure Peter F. Hamilton, with a small amount of Alastair Reynolds' interesting story twisting and 'exotic' stuff. The rapid assimilation and synthesizing of new tech to evolve solutionsto counter alien threats is straight out of E.E. Doc Smith, and makes for a great read without the pages and pages of exposition which you might get from 'harder' sci-fi authors. It was a nice change of pace, and harkened back to 'good old days' of sci-fi. The wonderful interplay of AIs and Humans has a wonderful heritage that I feel sources from the brilliant works of Isaac Asimov, too, playing with their inner turmoil about their own condition and relationship to their creators. All-in-all, this combination makes for the kind of wonderful sci-fi ensemble, but without the horror/scary future, allowing you to sit back, read, and enjoy the book without fearing that bad things are going to happen.
Where the book loses its star is in a few areas which did get under my skin a little: I think some of the 'science' needs a tad more research..
Quantum entanglement for time travel and matter transportation really are the worst offenders, but also on the naughty list are: Attempting to accelerate a un-accelleratable ship sideways while at near-lightspeed, the fact that gravity waves are assumed to propagate 'instantly', rather than at light speed, and the fact that in subjective 'stasis' time, some observers watch the 'death of the universe' play out over an hour, when in reality, they'd have seen the deaths of billions of quintillions universes in that time, due to the EXTREME time dilation effect. Lastly, they 'retrace' the path of the earth as it rotates around the galactic centre, and yet they're "heading for the galactic core" (There are also EXTREME problems with the maths here too, but that could be ignored, since it's hard to calculate distance travelled of an object in a different reference frame when time is measured subjectively in a different one. Many of these can be overlooked as 'plot points', but I'm REALLY hoping that the author teams up with some physicists and gets some help to explain away the inconsistencies in the next book, and/or steers clear of trying to anchor really inventive stuff in real science where possible. I actually felt that there were a few times the book could have stolen a brilliant moment, explaining something, but didn't, opting instead for an inferior solution.
I think the book's humour, while a little odd at times ("Admiral Massive" for instance, and a few of the more offbeat 'laws' and their backstop.. 'gift crash' for instance), really is what makes this author stand out from some of his more 'serious' contemporaries, like Hamilton whose hard horror-genre sci-fi can turn a lot of readers off. That humor is intertwined with a very sharp wit and sense of observational humor, which allows him to propose 'solutions' to today's problems in a sci-fi setting, free from any accusations that it's a serious suggestion, while all the time nodding and winking at the reader as if to say 'you wish we could do this, don't you? This would solve so many issues'.. The really great' morality update' in book one is pure Adams, and had me laughing out loud at how obvious it is, and by how great an idea it is...
All-in-all, I can see that the author's work is maturing along with the books. I hope that he doesn't divert away from his current writing style which is truly excellent, or the 'universe' he's created which is also excellent. The characters are brilliant, and the projection of human technology into the future is a nice extrapolation. The books are (both) really great reads, great fun, and vastly superior to many other sci-fi works I've read recently. I'm truly looking forward to book 3 in this series, with a caveat that if he's aiming for science literati, that he teams up with a scientist to cross-check the calculations and ideas. Best book I've read in a while..
Only thing I would find more believable is when DL would start to show more of his nature born character. We're more than nurture.
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