Helpful votes received on reviews: 50% (1 of 2)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,097,999 - Total Helpful Votes: 1 of 2
The Quiet War (Gollancz) by Paul McAuley
The Quiet War (Gollancz) by Paul McAuley
I really wanted to enjoy this book, especially when people cited it as excellent classic sci-fi. However, it was so painfully slow. There are paragraphs - nay, pages - of waffling, pseudo-scientific guff that amounted to nothing, informed me of nothing, and really spoiled the flow when characters were interacting. I have to confess before I expand, I didn't finish the book. I couldn't. I got to part 2, reached chapter 2, and gave up. It's something quite a few science-fiction writers suffer from; it's almost patronising. They learn all this science and then implement it into the story as if they're trying to show off how much they know and if you can't follow you're not as smart as me… Read more