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Angelmass by Timothy Zahn
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Feb 01, 11


Angelmass is not without its defects. The universe in which it is set is fairly uncreative, although Zahn manages to come up with some interesting hyperspace technologies and a few interesting political dynamics. The premise is interesting and thought-provoking, but frankly not very plausible. The book is a little too long, a little too repetitive, and a little too light on action. It is also scientific-jargon-heavy, so stay away if that bothers you. But for all that, it still manages to be an excellent read. By far its greatest virtue is its characters. They are nuanced and full-bodied, and we see them transformed over the course of the book. By the end their transformation contributes to a larger philosophical premise, which is that it is fear that makes us do "evil" things. Zahn's writing style is another major plus. As usual, it is crisp and glides along nicely without seeming too prosaic.

The readers who will probably enjoy this most are those who enjoy his Star Wars novels but are looking for something a bit meatier from his pen. For something completely different, try Manta's Gift instead.
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