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Chasm City (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
Chasm City (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
by Alastair Reynolds
Edition: Paperback

4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No, no, no, 24 Jun. 2002
I cannot see how anyone above the age of 15 could give this book five stars. The dialogue is childish, the characters have no motivation and do not follow through on their own intentions. The plot twists are announced several hundred pages in advance, Mirabel's "detective work" is based solely on unfounded speculation and sheer luck and not a single one of the characters is believable (I mean, "Pigs", come on...) or more than an inch deep. The whole book is poorly thought out and have several logical holes in the plot.
The first example of the glaring inconsistencies that springs to mind is this: if you're going to push a starship up to 8% of light speed, why do you build it huge enough for there to be spaces no one ever goes? Sky fights to lighten the ship as they approach Journey's End. Well, perhaps they could have lost a lot of weight already at the design stage by cutting down on all those unused spaces.
And I liked "Revelation Space".

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