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Spares by Michael Marshall Smith
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May 20, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: adult, sciencefiction
Read in May, 2008

Jack Randall is an washed out ex-soldier, ex-cop who has spent the last five years guarding a Farm. Now he’s on the run with six (well, five and a half) fugitives from the Farm. He’s heading back to the place he swore he’d never return to—the gargantuan city of New Richmond, where he left behind the few friends he still had, and a host of enemies. There’s a price on his head, and some very dangerous baddies out for blood. And whole pieces of the past he thought he had left behind for good are starting to reappear out of the woodwork.

Spares starts with action and doesn’t let up ever, at all. It just keeps going. You’d think it would get tiresome, but it doesn’t—it just keeps getting more interesting and exciting. Jack Randall is an unfailingly fucked up bastard of a protagonist who you can’t help but root for. The secondary characters are colorful and interesting. The world is fascinating. And despite the fact that, on the surface, it sounds like a cliche, it's fresh and interesting and exciting writing and plotting.

I literally could not put it down. This is a stellar work of science fiction, and I highly recommend it.

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