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Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds
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Feb 02, 2012

it was ok
Read from February 03 to March 08, 2012 — I own a copy

This is by far the most disappointing book I've read by an otherwise brilliant author. In over 500 pages, nothing actually happens - there's a wild goose around the solar system that doesn't seem to accomplish anything, ending in a 'big reveal' that is vague and uninteresting. There is none of the brilliant imagination, sympathetic characters, or pure moments of grotesque horror that normally make anything by Reynolds a must-read. Much of the book is set in Africa, but bizarrely Reynolds admits in the afterword that he's never even been there!

I realise that this is volume one of a trilogy and that perhaps there is a lot of good stuff to come, but this read was so poor that I'm not sure if I'll bother with the next two books. I'm not sure why Reynolds chose to write such a different sort of novel than what he has provided previously, but I hope he returns to his successful style once he's done with this series.
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message 1: by Pjr (new) - rated it 3 stars

Pjr Where did you get it? I'm seeing June release date?

Bryan It's on the Australian Kindle store.

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