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The Nemesis List by R.J. Frith
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Jul 15, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: 2010_release_read, genre-sf, read_2010
Read from July 15 to 26, 2010

A very promising blurb series debut turns into a disappointment by dint of very flat writing, boring content and unimaginative world building and naming conventions; barely readable is the best i can say about this one, at no point beyond the first page my interest in the world or the characters went beyond the smallest blimp, but since the blurb seemed very interesting and the associated publicity materials compared it to Gary Gibson, i persisted; the book has no narrative energy and just limps along and I have no intention to read more from the series and most likely from the author either
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message 1: by [deleted user] (last edited Jul 28, 2010 10:29AM) (new)

I'm surprised at this review but of course this is only one person's opinion. I have read and enjoyed R J Frith's short fiction and am looking forward to reading The Nemesis List. Reading is, of course, always very subjective, but as the book was chosen from hundreds if not thousands of entries as winner for the Tor/ScifiNow award,it seems likely to be a very good read and I look forward to it.

message 2: by Liviu (last edited Jul 28, 2010 10:35AM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Liviu I wish you will like it; there are tons of books that are acclaimed and I disliked for a reason or another.

For me the three reasons the book did not work were as mentioned: prose style (flat), setting (blurb over promises and we never get really beyond station or ship confines) and naming conventions which irritated me to no end; those read like people congregating in an English countryside pub untouched by modernity, not as people from a far future book - sure you are welcome to set a book in a 50 person close-knit community with the same names, but hey I want much more in my sf

message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

That was a fast response! Thank you for that. As I said, it's all subjective and I'll make up my own mind in due course.

Liviu Thank you for your kind words; I really like to like books so to speak, so I am happy when people enjoy them whatever my opinions

Maya Panika I couldn't agree more. I found it started well but quickly lost momentum and the style was just so *flat*.

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