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Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds
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May 20, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: sci-fi, kindle
Read from May 20 to 24, 2012

This book's setting reminds me a little of some of Peter F. Hamilton's work, and that's a good thing, though the story itself is much more focused and limited in scope than that kind of grand space opera. In no way can it be considered hard SF but it borrows some elements of that style, e.g., the lack of faster-than-light travel is not just an inconvenience but has a huge impact on the structure of the book's interstellar civilization and on the story itself.

Things unfold at a pleasing pace, the characters are generally well-drawn, several story arcs that initially seem unrelated are brought together deftly, and the central mystery is satisfying. In general I really enjoyed it. But I did find one thing a bit annoying: at several points in the story, significant mysteries are revealed to the characters but not to the reader. That's fine once or even twice, but it happens repeatedly and it started to irritate me.

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