Chris's Reviews > Normal
You get Warren Ellis in two different forms. At his best you well plotted story that weaves in all his tech and futurism reading and research in a way that adds to the characters and the story, even if the characters are pulled from the same pool of stock characters he uses every time. At his worst you get nothing more than vague research vomited out like a series of blog posts with a line of dialogue every page or so, where story and character comes a vast second and the tech talk only goes so deep before you realize he doesn't know very much more than a wired blog post. Unfortunately, Normal is the second of these types. Maybe if it had been a full novel, rather than a novella, there could have been an actual story, actual characters, and dialogue that didn't read like a series of tweets. But we got what we got.
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