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More very short book reviews

The Naked God, Peter F. Hamilton

Thank god for that. Good but huge. Last in a 4,800 page trilogy where the author is still introducing new point of view characters 4,000 pages in. Odd mix of silly and high-concept. You'll want to get to the end to find out what happens, but it'll take you so long to do so, you'll start to resent it. Like a really nice meal that is nevertheless eight courses too long.

Revelation Space, Alastair Reynolds

Same sub-genre as Hamilton (British modern hard SF / space opera / ish). Some good stuff. Pacing was a bit uneven and only basic characterisation. Good first novel, enough for me to want to read more by the same author to see if he gets better.

David Falkayn - Star Trader, Poul Anderson

The above two authors could learn a lot from Anderson about writing aliens, about writing adventure and above all about keeping things tight and short. Anderson packs a lot into each of the short stories and novellas in this volume. Great stuff, with clever anthropology / xenology, even if the heroes are just a bit too clever. Would make a good TV series.


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Aug. 2nd, 2013 09:52 pm (UTC)

I got given The Naked God by my MiL, it was a freebie from when she worked in a book shop. Hadn't read the other books, so a lot of it made no sense at all, but I still found it highly enjoyable, if as you say, rather long.

Aug. 2nd, 2013 10:14 pm (UTC)
God, I found it a struggle to remember what was going on having read the first two. You're welcome to borrow the first two.
Aug. 5th, 2013 12:52 pm (UTC)
I read Revelation Space and didn't get on with it at all. Filled with unlikeable people whom I didn't care if they lived or died. However I've enjoyed some short stories by Al Reynolds. I'd be interested to know if the novels get better.
Aug. 5th, 2013 01:16 pm (UTC)
I can see where you're coming from - they're all pretty much either annoying or just gits. That didn't bother me, but I think I have a higher than average tolerance for unlikeable characters in literature. (See Covenant, Thomas.)
Aug. 5th, 2013 09:54 pm (UTC)

Thanks that would be good.

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