Not quite as good as the first but still well worth the read. This series exists in a sort of netherworld between fantasy and psi-ence fiction. I loveNot quite as good as the first but still well worth the read. This series exists in a sort of netherworld between fantasy and psi-ence fiction. I love reading stuff that is not like other things and while it is true there is nothing new under the sun, some stuff is less stale than other stuff.
Also very impressed that the author can handle a short novel with such deftness. I like the longer stuff- although truth be told, I sort of feel it's overlong, so it is a pleasant surprise to be able to gobble an entire book down along with my lunch. Very satisfying and I hope to see more....more
A terrific exploration of fear and anxiety exploring how people's reaction to them can create the opportunity forFantasy as written by Lars von Trier
A terrific exploration of fear and anxiety exploring how people's reaction to them can create the opportunity for sin and redemption. Lots of words have been spilled on the gender politics of this world and, yes, it is pretty gross. And, yes, I would prefer not to live in that world. But the characters seemed to act organically out of their own personalities in reaction to harsh world they had no choice but to try to endure in.
I only made it about 15% into the book before giving up. It wasn't poorly written but the setting is just so boring. No imagination in it at all. A coI only made it about 15% into the book before giving up. It wasn't poorly written but the setting is just so boring. No imagination in it at all. A couple of breathy uses of new terms (bitcoins!) and tech but no real thought put into the implications or social effects of it. The constant referring of the protagonist as a white guy is grating. In a military tech laden scifi book statements like the main character didn't feel any gees even at top speed is not a good sign that any of the tech will make sense.
I think I'll re-read Terms of Enlistment instead....more
While well written with believable characters and an interesting setting, this is not a success. The failure comes in two differeA successful failure.
While well written with believable characters and an interesting setting, this is not a success. The failure comes in two different places in the relationship between the protagonists and the motivation of the antagonists. But having said that, it is a well drawn picture of the morality of information. Specifically, the responsibilities of people consuming information to suss out the facts behind the presentation. It goes to some pains to make sure that we understand that money is corrupting and that information-massage is evil. Maybe a bit too broadly painted, but given the point of the book, it is understandable. I wouldn't call it preachy which is a ever present danger in a YA title.
The relationship between the main protagonists is quite sketchy, bordering on creepy. It reminds me of the porn actresses who are convinced they are feminists because they are taking control of their sexuality. Color me skeptical. There are one or two places where the main character simply acts completely against her nature which makes it even more creepy. That's the exact word: creepy.
But the main failure of the book is precisely in its success of drawing very three dimensional antagonists. They are contradictory enough to cry out for resolution but are largely left a cipher. Why would a loving man do the heinous things that he does?
Everyone comes into this life in media res so it is natural to take the grownups around us- our parents, aunts and uncles as givens. But while this works if you leave them as simple obstacles whose voice is like the peanuts comic adults: wah,wah,wah, it falls flat if you give them enough life to cause us to question their motives. Why do they act that way? Why would they not attempt to change if they are causing such grief to their loved ones? I understand that in some ways that is the point of the book: breaking away. But there has to be a reason! We are left with a mystery. I hate mysteries that are not answered. ...more
I was looking forward to this book because I really liked Steven Gould's 7th Sigma as well as the Firefly series. So while science Fiction westerns arI was looking forward to this book because I really liked Steven Gould's 7th Sigma as well as the Firefly series. So while science Fiction westerns are not exactly commonplace but do exist and I really enjoy them when I read them. And while the setting of the book is actually a pretty cool idea, the storytelling does it in.
After slogging through the first two chapters, I finally abandoned it because of the slow pacing. It reads like an episode recap from The Onion AV club's television section. The tone is so detached that I found it impossible to connect with the characters and without characters, I can't sustain interest- no matter how interesting the setting or plot....more