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Cliche ridden

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-10-2020

This is a fantasy novel shoved into a sci-fi genre. Bloated and cliche ridden.

What happened?

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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-06-2019

Neil Stephenson is one of my top sci-fi writers, but this book is awful.

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Pedestrian

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-12-2018

The narrative is painfully slow with characters that have very little emotional reach and are generally stereotypes. The narrator uses unnecessary voicings for female characters. The storyline is interesting but with 2 dimensional characters.

Writing excellent. Production disappointing.

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-12-2018

Why does audible have to turn some books into radio plays? This and the previous book have been naively embellished with multiple readers, and in the case of the former book in the series, music. This is such good writing; please don’t reduce it.

Compelling writing

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-09-2018

Not really my kind of sci fi, but within the realms of plausibility. Most importantly, this is a deeply human description at of our most open best.

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Awful

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Reviewed: 01-04-2018

This is a very badly written book and very boring. Full of cliche and for such a thin narrative, very slow.

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An enjoyable read, but.

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-2017

Overall this was an interesting narrative. However, the young male hero was painful as he was inarticulate and usually responded to things said to him with, "what?" or some other utterance of incredulity; not the sharpest tool in the shed.

Awful

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Reviewed: 11-07-2017

This was tedious and saccharine. Pure shmultz. I'm not sure what this book contributes to the ongoing series. I have given this author a good go with 8 books. Enough now.

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Witty, intelligent writing.

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 02-09-2016

Although not hard science this book is rich in the possibilities of the enormous engineering constructions of the far future. Beautifully written, witty and intelligent. The reading is also superb.

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I didn't think I would make it to the end

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Reviewed: 31-07-2016

The Scottish accent was so appalling that I only just managed it. Apart from that the book is a clichéd yarn that invents science as a soap opera backdrop. Warm poo

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