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KOP by Warren Hammond
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Sep 15, 10

bookshelves: dystopia, sci-fi, mystery
Read from September 13 to 15, 2010

An amazing book, especially for a debut novel. I rarely believe blurbs, but the reviewer who compared Hammond to Dashiell Hammett wasn't just whistling dixie - this is a pitch-perfect noir...in space. An examination of what happens when a plantation economy collapses, combined with a noir police procedural, this is one of the most creative books I've read in recent memory. The landscape is lush - literally - and it's a great representation of some of the challenges that come of colonizing a jungle world, right down to how humans change their lives to cope with heat, humidity, and pervasive flies. The hints about offworld culture that are dropped are amazing - "I thought that was you, but I'm not used to people who age" was a favourite line - and I can't wait to read more in the sequel, EX-KOP.
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