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2.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas let down by TERRIBLE writing., 4 Mar. 2004
This review is from: Revelation Space (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Paperback)
Revelation space is a great ideas book, no question, the scale and detail of many of the concepts and contructs is breath-taking. It's just such a shame that the author writes like an overly enthusiastic 17-year old student. Info-dumps are all well and good, I'm thinking of Banks and Hamilton here, but they're always contextual and don't break the flow of the story, unlike Reynolds, who seems to get so swept up in some piece of hightech or superscience that he completely seems to forget that he's writting a novel.
His approach to non-linear storytelling, again akin to Banks's Use of Weapons or Excession, is handled clumsily and lacks the overall clarity of vision of other works.
With a rather more aggressive editor this could have been very good indeed, but as it stands it's merely mediocre with hints of what it could have been, and about 20% too long for the content.
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