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Thrilling word fest.
on 31 March 2016
Excellent. Weird Fantasy/ soft sci-fi. A world changing event or, paradise messed up, lost, partially recovered and then, well, that would be giving the plot away. Yes, there is a plot. (Note to those who are tempted to give up early: the back story is essential and it does go on forever and it's a sumptuous word fest. It is: Humerous, witty, clever, sad, fast, action packed and with characters who jump off the page (ninjas and mimes as well - OK?), and great writing. Some would say pretentious and convoluted. I say, if you can string words together like this, go ahead and flaunt it! Challenging (have a dictionary on standby). Essentially, as all the best books are, it is about the nature of being human and our limitless capacities for both destruction and creation. I know, you thought it was about a pipeline. There is a pipeline and it is part of the plot but that isn't the real point of the story.
Who is it for? People who like all of the above.
Who is it not for? People who get irritated with all of the above, who prefer hard sci-fi with the emphasis on linear plot and plausible detail. Don't read it. It isn't for you, you'll hate it.
Is it perfect? No. Is it derivative? I did have a fleeting deja vu moment but I couldn't place it and decided it didn't matter because I was having so much fun. Is it a really thrilling read? Yes, it was. Comparisons to D. Adams, Heller, Vonnegut etc. are justified, so if you enjoy these authors or similar, you should enjoy this.
A few very minor typos - nothing major.