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This review is from: The Orphaned Worlds (Humanity's Fire, Book 2) (Paperback)
I've been so frustrated by this book that it has spurred me to submit my first review.
Like others I bought Seeds of Earth because of Bank's cover quote and I while I thought that it was far from perfect i felt that it was worth sticking with Cobley. Goodness knows that we need some fresh blood in the Space Opera genre, and writers do grow in confidence and ability over the course of a series. But dear oh dear what a mess Orphaned Worlds is. The book is filled with such unnecessary complexity - virtually every character and plot line sits within a maelstrom of political intrigue - that it is impossible to keep up with who is doing what and why. As a result of this tangle huge plot inconsistencies arise and characters frequently contr adict previously deeply held beliefs. Solid practitioners of Space Opera feed off complexity to spin a compelling yarn, but Cobley just gets lost. Plot lines fall apart and just end after running for 100s of pages, characters embark on epic journeys and then appear to have nothing to do when they reach their destination and so turn around and go back again. Timelines and galactic scale are ignored and narrative falls apart.
The scfi of the book is also weak. The levels of hyperspace thing is non-sensical and the mysticism of the forest would be more at home in a bad fantasy novel.
Cobley is not without talent - 2 or 3 of the human characters and well rounded and sympathetically drawn, and the basic idea behind the trilogy is strong - but the poor boy needs a strong editor to give him some firm advice to get him out of this fuddle. I read on wikipedia that Cobley is building a universe in which he intends to write several novels not just this trilogy. That would maybe explain why all the stupid twists, turns, and loose ends are being stuffed into this book but Cobley needs to realize that his future plans are ruining his present endeavor. It's unlikely that I'll be buying the final part of this trilogy let alone his future novels.
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Initial post: 7 Dec 2015 13:04:28 GMT
I think this review sort sums up all the other 1,2,&3 stars reviews. It is intelligent and succinct. I thank the writer for saving my eyeballs, and pocket.
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