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5.0 out of 5 stars Reynolds for the Booker, why not?, 16 Feb. 2009
This review is from: House of Suns (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Hardcover)
I have just finished House of Suns and I think that it may be one of the finest pieces of literature I have ever read.

It is quite simply a beautiful novel. It's sci-fi context is irrelevant to its beauty and I almost wish that he had written the novel about contemporary shatterlings travelling the world and gaining experiences. Maybe if the setting had been New York and not Neume then this book would be sitting in the sci-fi best sellers and the generic fiction top ten lists.

This book is a massive shift from the revelation space books. Don't get me wrong, I have read them all, but House of Suns is the sum of all of Mr Reynolds previous writing. It is funny, witty and breathtaking but and this is the killer, it is extraordinarly well written.

As I read it the most obvious comparable author was Haruki Murakami. The way Mr Reynolds takes modern themes such as loss and alienation and mixes them with humour and wonder is sublime.

This is not just good sci-fi this is wonderful story telling.

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Initial post: 9 Feb 2010 17:22:10 GMT
What would constitute a contempory shatterling? Its hard to think of an apt parallel.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2011 19:10:22 GMT
A modern clone?

Posted on 16 May 2011 21:51:32 BDT
Anita says:
You know, I was about to buy this book, it looked interesting and I like the author. But sorry to say, any comparisons with Haruki Murakami make me steer away immediately. This pile of cold pretentious crap by Murakami is something I really really loathe
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