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A good mixed bag, and the 1999 story Galactic North is the map of most of the stories from Revelation Space
on 29 September 2016
A good mixed bag, and the 1999 story Galactic North is fascinating as it is the map of most of the stories from Revelation Space. Weather is the best of the bunch.
Great Wall of Mars (2000) - 4.5 star
Great stuff. Fast pacing, good characters, short but wonderful early days of Revelation Space
Glacial (2001) - 4.5 star
Wonderful continuation of Clavain and Galiana, this time on an ice world, with a murder mystery. Truly great stuff.
A Spy in Europa (1997) - 3.5 star
A short but interesting spy story, with a nice twist at the end.
Weather (2006) - 5 star
Wonderful, poignant, and a terrific insight into Conjoiner minds and engines. All superbly written!
Dilation Sleep (1990) - 3.5 star
Single concept story. Not bad, but not surprising. First story of the Melding Plague
Grafenwalder's Bestiary (2006) - 3.5 star
Some nice twists, good pacing, not too much dialogue diarrhoea.
Nightingale (2006) - 1 star
Blah blah infinite dialogue, repeated. A very short story made horrifically long and dull. Pages and pages of idiots arguing over which way to go in a "hedge-maze", etc. Worst-ever piece of work by Reynolds.
Galactic North (1999) - 4 star
I grand, sweeping vision of the entire Revelation Space series. It's very episodic, but nicely realised in the subsequent books and stories.
Still, nothing here compares to Reynold's finest work: Turquoise Days (2002)
NOTE: Please, please also read Turquoise Days, a novella, and short stories Enloa, Weather, and Zima Blue. Surely his finest works, along with House of Suns.