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Jupiter War by Neal Asher
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it was ok

There were passages in ‘Jupiter War’ where I thought that Neal Asher was actually going to confront the Superman problem. Namely, how do you create drama with a lead character who’s so powerful he’s virtually invincible? Interestingly it seemed as if Asher was going to tackle that dilemma through a character flaw, constantly highlighting Alan Saul’s arrogance – a distinctly human failing in one who perceives himself far beyond human beings – and one which could conceivably be his Achilles’ heel. Unfortunately despite all the hints and feints in that direction, it’s a path not taken and the Superman problem therefore remains unsolved. It’s just one of many frustrations at the end of ‘The Owner Trilogy’ (although it looks to me like a trilogy which could easily do a Douglas Adams and expand forever more). For instance the two main antagonists have their stories resolved (or pretty much resolved) without ever really engaging with each other. There’s no great and spectacular confrontation, and so we have two separate strings evolving and concluding in parallel isolation. Not being able to tie these plots together, and leaving more than one of Chekov’s pistols just lying around, does make for a peculiarly unsatisfying ending to a thousand pages of space opera. Yes, there’s lots of explosions and spaceship against spaceship action – all great stuff with your brain in neutral – but the story doesn’t hit that explosive conclusion I wanted. And yes, Asher may go away and write more of ‘The Owner Saga’ (as it will surely be redubbed) but too many interesting paths are closed off here and so the result will no doubt be diverting, just in the end nowhere near as good as it could have been – much like this book then.
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Reading Progress

February 25, 2015 – Started Reading
February 25, 2015 – Shelved
March 1, 2015 – Finished Reading

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