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Redemption Ark by Alastair Reynolds
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Sep 11, 10

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Read in April, 2010

Redemption Ark is another excellent book in the Revelation Space series. The book brings to pass an excellent culmination of the events of the other two books, and prepares for a sort of next phase in the universe's history. As always it is well written, and is well worth the read. The only thing that this book suffers from is an unusually high number of interesting characters--each one very well written on there own, but the group together tending to subdue each others' uniqueness and force a sort of blandness on the group as a whole. Still, the book's portrayal of Antoinette Bax, the "Storm Bird", and most of all the "Nostalgia for Infinity" and its Captain were compelling and powerful enough characters for a whole series.

Interestingly enough, the novel's main character (or at least *most* main), Clavain, is sort of a blank canvas--an intuition and intellect driven character in the style of Asimov, with very few if any flaws. He tends instead to serve as a reflection for the other characters, a moral and personal center around which his companion's eccentricities stand out.

Highly recommended.
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