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A new foray into sci-fi for Christopher Brookmyre,
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This review is from: Bedlam (Kindle Edition)
With a few reviews now present, it's unlikely anyone will buy Bedlam expecting a novel in the style of the 'Jack Parlabane' series and similar for which the author is probably best known.
When he began a more traditional detective series (Where the Bodies are Buried) it caused some consternation amongst a number of regular readers, and his most recent other book (Pandaemonium) was also criticised for being different.
Well those who disliked those books for being different won't be happy here. This is a straight sci-fi novel, but with enough of the Brookmyre politics and wit present to be clearly identifiable. There are several of superb one-liners (not quoted here because of the naughty words) which would fit in any of the previous books, and a whole section devoted to criticising the Daily Mail, so it's on comfortable ground for those of us who've enjoyed all his previous books.
So, what we have here is a well executed, pretty much straight down the middle sci-fi novel. It's a clever premise, one explored in other books of recent times by other authors, but which comes with a clear knowledge of the computer games universe which the book inhabits. It's familiar reading for anyone who's played any of the leading games of the last 25-30 years.
Personally, I found it a little hard going at the start, but it was well worth sticking with. It does all make sense eventually, and I for one didn't see the eventual outcome at all.
Hats off to Christopher Brookmyre for tackling a new genre - for me it rates as a success attempt, and I'd be happy to read more.