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Among the best, bar the grammar
on 10 October 2016
The Koban sequence is one of the most rewarding I have read in a long time. The overall vision and ideas are impressive, and the application of science is always challenging, although it may make a professor of physics tear-out his or her hair. The alien entities are interesting and the bad guys are wholly bad, which keeps things simple for us. Stephen Bennett keeps coming up with new twists to the plot. Quite how he finds the energy simply to type that much is beyond me, as each volume is a pretty hefty read. Although not quite up to the standards of the multi-millennium vision of 'Dune' this is still excellent, engrossing material with a fine imagination behind it.
Downsides ... well, real people don't talk in great page-long chunks that read like an instruction manual. (It's the author's way of summarising what's been happening, but it takes some wading through, especially when the same point appears a page or two later.) Second, the grammar and spelling are appalling. Getting the language right may be a minority interest these days, but 'publically' for 'publicly', 'breech' for 'breach', 'callus' for 'callous', plurals with apostrophes, bad punctuation in direct speech ... I gave up noting the glitches because it became a bit disheartening. Some of the errors may arise from using dictation software and not reading through afterwards - but that's a guess.
If you can set aside these distractions you'll be in for a great ride. The series is up to volume six so far and it looks set for a seventh. How does he do it?