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Century Rain by Alastair Reynolds
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Aug 08, 11

really liked it
Read in March, 2011

My first experience of reading an Alastair Reynolds book (part of my project to explore new writers) and I am sure to try more of his book. This one deftly mixes two seemingly disparate genres, hard science fiction and hard boiled noir fiction, and the outcome is an extremely readable book that will satisfy any reader who wants to look into the future without compromising fondness and nostalgia for the era gone by. This one is densely packed with ideas, but never too dense to be overwhelming. Space opera on a grand scale merging neatly with a detective story set in Paris of the 1950's. If you think the premise sounds ridiculous, prepare to be proved wrong after reading this book. Long buy rewarding read. I am looking forward to reading his Revelation Space Trilogy. I don't think anyone can top Dan Simmons' Hyperion Cantos as a space opera for sheer ambition and vision, but I will give Reynolds a fighting chance! Recommended read.

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