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- Listening Length: 19 hours and 43 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 28 Feb. 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004PZNBAC
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Reynolds further adds to his menagerie of characters and expands his colourful universe, having read all of Reynolds's other "Revelation Space" books its great to see an era that is in the golden age of man kind the but never been visited.
The Prefect stands well as a stand alone book and if you have read the other books in the series it adds another dimension. More please Mr Reynolds!
Whilst the planet Yellowstone and its biggest settlement, Chasm City, deal with their own affairs, it falls to the prefects of Panoply to police the vast Glitter Band and its 100 million citizens, who practice the ultimate form of democracy, Demarchism. Every minute dozens of decisions, large and small, are put to the public vote and the people of the Glitter Band spend much of their time engrossed in politics, employing a form of VR known as Abstraction to talk to one another, or choosing to lose themselves in fantastical reflections of the real world. The greatest crime in the Glitter Band is an attempt to deny the will of the people. [...][...]And, as this is a mystery novel, to say any more of the plot would threaten to indulge in spoilers. Suffice to say that the links between The Prefect and the other Revelation Space novels are subtle and numerous.Read more ›
It turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong in my initial assumptions - it's easily the best of the Revelation Space books, and perhaps my favourite Alistair Reynolds book of the lot. It stands alone, but it also stands out. While it is in many respects riddled with cliches, that's because it's largely an affectionate and extremely effective homage to the grizzled detective tales of the noir era - The Prefect is noir in space, which is about as noir as it's possible to get.
It begins well, avoiding the common Reynolds failing of spending too much of an early story world-building. It builds momentum with every page, widening the scope of the initial crime with every new revelation, eventually unfolding into a vast, chilling conspiracy that is triggered and unfolds with the dread chill of irrevocablity. It builds to a crescendo that is as much about the morality of justice as it is about the conclusion of a plot. And then it finally ends with a sense of perfect closure, whilst still setting the series up for a sequel.
You can read this book without having read the others - it has only scant relevance to the other titles in the series.Read more ›
There are plenty of twists and turns, some of which I anticipated, although I didn't foresee how they would tie in with other parts of the Revelation Space universe. The reader isn't led by the nose through the plot. I had a few 'a-ha' moments as the protagonist pieces the mystery together, something I savour. I'd much rather have this than be screaming at blind supporting characters for fifty pages.
The characters on the whole are well drawn and I found myself wanting to rush onwards and finish the book in a single sitting - which I didn't manage due to time, it took me three visits.
I am eager to see if Al rolls out the main character again in the future as I would love to see more like this if possible. Having just finished Galactic North and Zima Blue my Alastair Reynolds apetite has been quenched for a short while, but sadly I'm going to have to wait for another fix for a while whilst we give him time to write some more delicious morsels for us to devour.
This book now sits proudly next to my other Alastair Reynolds hardbacks on my bookshelf. If you've read him before and liked his stuff make sure you get this book too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great story, keeps you wanting to read more. I love the way Alastair Reynolds manages to have stories in different books that relate to a story you read beforePublished 8 days ago by A Flavell
Just getting into the work of Alastair Reynolds, and if this is anything to go by I will be getting a lot more of his books. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Neil Andrew Wilding
Fun story, but there are definitely moments where the dodgy writing really jolted me out of it.Published 11 months ago by Vazquez
The galaxy spanning ‘space opera’ is a favourite term among marketeers of science fiction at the moment, probably because it promises Star Wars possibilities, suggests thickness... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Don'tWantToWrite
Excellent world builder. This is a fine example of the small detective story getting into larger and larger conspiracies. People win, lose and die, sometimes unexpectedly. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mr. M. Poole
I enjoyed the book as good old fashioned space opera. Lots of hard sci-fi on a grand stage. The central premises are very prescient in this modern version of democracy we have in... Read morePublished 19 months ago by M. Cook
I predominantly digest science and philosophy texts these days, so it was a particular treat to sneak in Alistair Reynold's book, 'The Prefect', over the last two days. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Mr. C. A. Shoebridge