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Sly Mongoose by Tobias S. Buckell
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Oct 12, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: science-fiction, war, adventure
Read in October, 2008

If you loved the way classic science fiction writers like Hal Clement would imagine a planet with radically different living conditions than Earth, and then extrapolate what sort of people would live on that planet, you're going to love this story: Chilo is a planet with massive atmospheric pressure, intense surface heat, and corrosive precipitation -- so the only societies that can flourish there are in floating cities, miles above the surface.

And then a virtually indestructible warrior, jumping off a passing spaceship, collides into one of those cities and announces that the planet is about to be invaded by a horde of zombies. Oh, and did I mention that one of the young men whose job it is to don a battered old spacesuit and scavenge the planet's surface is convinced he saw an alien down there...?

The science is intriguing, the action is non-stop, and... well, heck, Buckell's the kind of guy who can throw a character named "Captain Scarlett" into the mix without making it sound cheesy.
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