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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.
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Sometimes I struggle with Alistair Reynolds. I have found some of his books absolutely captivating and others downright dull and memorable only because they were so outrageously dull. I loved the first two books of the Revelation Space trilogy, liked the third and really disliked The Prefect and Terminal World.
I'm glad to say that this is one of his better ones and the performance by Clare Corbett was excellent.
A really good story with the potential for a cracking sequel in a very interesting universe.
2 of 2 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.
5 of 5 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