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February 17th, 2009


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12:04 pm - Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds

Part mystery, part action, all hard sci-fi. 

Like his previous book (Revelation Space), Reynolds tends to interweave events from previous times into one narrative.  Unlike his first book, however, this one doesn't jump around illogically and in fact, the transitions between time and place are seamless in the greater narrative.

This book is related to, but not a direct sequel, to Revelation Space.  And you can read this one as a stand alone novel without any issues.  It's one of the more self-contained books in a series that I've read in a while. 

The universe is still pretty grim, but the characters in this one are easier to empathize with than in the previous book.  You find yourself liking them and cheering for them, rather than being an observer dragged along for the ride.

I liked it, and if you're up for some hard science fiction, this is a pretty good read.

And I can't wait to see how he develops the universe.  It's shaping up to be pretty interesting.
 


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