Great Wall of Mars provides more background for Nevil Clavain, his dealings with Galiana, Felka and the Conjoiners and how he became one himself as we...moreGreat Wall of Mars provides more background for Nevil Clavain, his dealings with Galiana, Felka and the Conjoiners and how he became one himself as well as some early Revelation Space universe history. A great story about war, diplomacy and betrayal. (5 stars)
Glacial also features Clavain and partly deals with his attempts to adjust to being a Conjoiner. But it's first and foremost a Whodunit mystery and a pretty good one at that. The 'icy' atmosphere of a planet approaching an ice age adds to the bleak and solitary mood. (4.5 stars)
A Spy in Europa combines elements of classic spy/assassin thrillers à la John le Carré with a science fiction setting and a pinch of horror and does so very effectively. (5 stars)
Weather (4 stars)
Dilation Sleep was first published in 1990 (according to Wikipedia), 10 years before "Revelation Space", Reynolds' debut novel - and it shows. Dealing with the isolation of deeps space travel, it starts off quite atmospheric, but ends abruptly and confusing. (2.5 stars)
Grafenwalder’s Bestiary (4.5 stars)
Nightingale (4 stars)
Galactic North (I'll wait until I've read "Absolution Gap" to tackle this one.) (less)
I've always had a fondness for androids, robots and AIs in general, especially the benevolent ones (which pretty much excludes Bender, but I...more4.5 stars
I've always had a fondness for androids, robots and AIs in general, especially the benevolent ones (which pretty much excludes Bender, but I love him anyway). The Tale of the Wicked was right up my alley, almost like it has been written for me. I felt 'at home' immediately and finished it with a slightly stupid smile on my face.
The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was its briefness; it was already over when it had just started. I would have loved to see the same plot developed into at least a novella.