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Revenger
Revenger
by Alastair Reynolds
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.14

4.0 out of 5 stars Steampunk and space pirates, 8 Oct. 2016
This review is from: Revenger (Hardcover)
Reynolds combines steampunk and space pirate themes in this book, overall I would say its a successful combination and opens up possibilities for further stories in this newly created universe.

The story is a simple revenge tale but with elements of the Glitter Band, Firefly and Terminal World. I liked the characters and the vocabulary of the environment.

Its much simpler compared to House of Suns or Revelation Space, so you could also classify it has easy read science fiction. Not his best work, but enjoyable.


Dark Heart: Tales From The Progenitors Universe
Dark Heart: Tales From The Progenitors Universe
Price: £3.18

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Zooming down into the Progenitor universe, 1 Jan. 2015
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This set of short stories "zooms down" on specific events within the huge Progenitor Trilogy series of books.

This allows Dan to expand his narration which wouldn't have been possible within the older trilogy series without them becoming bloated.

I recommend you read the first of the Progenitor book before trying this one, it will give you a valuable background into the events set here.


The Abyss Beyond Dreams (Chronicle of the Fallers Book 1)
The Abyss Beyond Dreams (Chronicle of the Fallers Book 1)
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars New to Hamilton? Start with his earlier Void books, 15 Nov. 2014
Firstly, if you are new to Peter Hamilton, Start with his earlier Void books;

1. The Dreaming Void (2007)
2. The Temporal Void (2008)
3. The Evolutionary Void (2010)

If you like the Dreaming Void, then carry on with the trilogy. This will also be a cheaper way to experience Hamilton!

You could go back even further and try the Commonwealth saga books, but The Abyss Beyond Dreams is specially a "Void" book.

Pandora's Star (2004)
Judas Unchained (2005)

If you have experienced Hamilton's work already, then you will familiar with his expansion writing style, taking the time and trouble to describe the world around the characters (not to the same level as Tad Williams) but I think it allows the reader to get a good feel for these alien worlds.

Characters have space to grow and are detailed enough to create some empathy with the reader.

A good mark of any book is, can you book it down? Well, The Abyss Beyond Dreams will make you keep turning the pages.


The Hydrogen Sonata (A Culture Novel)
The Hydrogen Sonata (A Culture Novel)
by Iain M. Banks
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars In at the Sublime end, 14 Oct. 2012
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Firstly, I have read all of the Culture series of books, although I will try and offer a balanced review;

The Hydrogen Sonata concentrates one civilization's (Gzilt) into the realm of the Sublime. Banks spends more time in this book explaining the Sublime, why you might do it, why the Gzilt are going to do it and the thing that may stop them. Beyond this main theme you have a traditional mix of the Banks & Culture world;

- Sharp & funny conversations between the ships
- A short SC agent adventure
- High tech close quarter combat

Overall, the story is average to good within the context of the Culture series, its an easy read compared to something like Inversions. But is certainly not his
best in terms of deeply engrossing narrative (obviously very subjective).

So, if you're new to Banks, please try an earlier novel like Consider Phlebas (1987) & The Player of Games (1988) these will give you a better introduction to the Culture universe.

However, if you're fan think carefully especially if you are paying the full price or wait for the paperback.


Blue Remembered Earth (Poseidons Children 1)
Blue Remembered Earth (Poseidons Children 1)
by Alastair Reynolds
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Revelation Space here, 24 Jan. 2012
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I've read nearly all of Alastair Reynolds books.

If you're new to Alastair Reynolds this is a very consumable sci-fi title which you could easily read in 2/3 days. I would categorise it as a mystery/thriller set in the near future within our solar system and as such I found it hard to put down. It doesn't stress current thinking about space travel/technology too far, so could also be seem as another "hard science fiction" title.

However, if you are a regular Alastair Reynolds reader, this title definately lacks the sheer majesty (copyright Brian Cox) of titles like "House of Suns" and "Pushing Ice", there is nothing to really stretch your mind. If you like this side of Alastair Reynolds perhaps wait for the paperback or a special offer. At the end, the story hints of much bigger things to come and I look forward to a much bigger canvas in the next two titles of this trilogy.

Again, as a regular Alastair Reynolds reader I found some concepts and characters similar to earlier titles;

The virtual Eunice Akinya seems to be modelled on Mademoiselle from Revelation Space

Parts of an undergound moon city are described like Chasm City (post plague)

And so on.

Overall, a very good sci-fi starter book.
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