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A Wreath of Stars (GOLLANCZ S.F.) Kindle Edition
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Marks out of 10:
Enjoyability - 11 (eleven)
Originality - 10
Plausibility - 0 (nil, but don't let that put you off!)
A haunting, beautiful and brilliant book.
RIP Bob Shaw you will never be forgotten and never eclipsed.
Bob Shaw brilliantly blends conceptual hard sf ideas with his usual exceptional characterisation. His depiction of the political machinations in a post-colonial African nation is both humane and prophetic and the personal struggles of the main characters in the story are as gripping as the overall narrative. The book itself is short, the prose sleek and stylish, reminding us once again just how enjoyable it is to read the works of the 70s SF 'new wave' masters. This one is very highly recommended.
In this novel he combines particle physicis with political intrigue and the macabre, drawing on a pool of off-the-shelf characters (all his women tend to be the same person, just with a different name), and a few new variations. There is also a minor sense of humour running through the narrative, possibly a hang-over from the predecessing novel Who Goes Here, but this is never allowed to take control of the book. It's meant for intelligent people who like an intelligent read.
Not his best novel, but an also-ran, and well worth having if you're building a collection of quality e-books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wow! I am so pleased to see Gollancz re-releasing all this old Sci-fi that I thought would never see light of day again. Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 2014 by Bob
This is a typical Bob Shaw tale, a lightweight plot that is amusing, and with a sneaky twist to keep you guessing.Published on 24 Dec. 2012 by Mr. E. Bray