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The first Reynolds book I haven't enjoyed at all. The plot is utterly lacking in credibility and cohesion. Awful characters. Terrible dialogue. For me, the narration compounded the poor writing and the two combined created a naff cod-piratical world, full of idiotic country bumpkins and mockneys who I didn't care about, doing not a great deal for reasons I couldn't understand or believe. It gives me no pleasure to say it, but this is not a good book. Disappointing.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
Shame really, I love Alastair Reynolds and this is good if you're a teenage girl (preferably), I'm an old bloke and it just misfires, I'm not the target audience; it would have been good to be warned.
11 of 13 people found this review helpful
I usually listen to audiobooks as I doze off to sleep at night, but this one was such a great adventure it kept me up all night wanting to hear more and more. It had great storyline, characters, action and suspense. While it is a space adventure, I kept getting vibes that it could've just as easily been set on a 16th century pirate ship, with a lot of detail spent on crew interactions and antagonisms and the less-than-spectacular living arrangements while on the ships. Also it reminds me a bit of Firefly, which I also loved.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Entertaining quasi-steampunk space pirate yarn, geared slightly to a younger audience (teens). Still good fast paced fun
1 of 1 people found this review helpful