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on 24 July 2014
Someone once said that "Star Trek V" was really set in William Shatner's own personal version of the Trek universe. Starships that don't work, the centre of the galaxy being reached in a few hours. The Romulans being involved in a treaty 20 years previously (despite nobody knowing what they looked like at that time). It was Shatner's vision of Trek, not the one we had grown up with.
Well the same can be said about "Lucifer". On TV Blake's 7 mixed high camp, space opera, sharp dialogue and a certain bleakness. This book is more about political maneuvering and strategizing. Think "Dune" rather than Terry Nation or Chris Boucher.
In fact Chris Boucher's absence is quite noticeable. There's no real wit to this book. Avon is as cynical as ever but there is not one single memorable Avon put down along the lines of:
Vila: This is stupid, Avon!
Avon: When did that ever stop us?
Vila: When you get Zen working, ask him to prescribe something for a headache, will you? I've got this shocking pain right behind the eyes.
Avon: Have you considered amputation?
Without a crew or any other really memorable characters to bounce off, Avon comes across as a bit dull. In fact the book was something of a slog to finish. Despite being written by the actor who played him, I don't think Paul really "gets" the Avon we saw on TV. This is his version and frankly, he's not as engaging a character.