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Keeping It Real by Justina Robson
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Aug 01, 2011

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Full of big and intriguing, somewhat only half-realised, ideas, the book is predominately a sketch of the worlds and dimensions that will host subsequent books in the series, and fly-by action sequences. No great deal of time is spent on what could have been the fascinating (rather than interesting) characters; they purely serve the story and, as such, are hard to care for or learn from. Lastly, the pacing of the novel can be quite uneven; some important action zips by so dizzyingly fast amidst the unfamiliarity , that it can only be re-read to be fully understood.

On the positive side, such an imaginative book is hard to come by. Comfortably straddling science-fiction and fantasy genres with future (real) science possibility, the author outlines a cohesive, confident and intruiging world. It's the details that she has not accomplished as well. There is, however, great potential demonstrated and every chance of a 4 star rating in subsequent works.
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