Almost as good as the Lost Fleet series. I think it's a good value for your money, and your time.
I read this book several years ago, and when I bought it on Audible I didn't realize I had already read it. Even though I knew I had read it, I couldn't remember all the plot points, and some of the finer details. This is a great book, I think all will like it. I give it 95 out of 100, which is one of my higher recent scores.
This is nothing special. At it heart it's just another Zombie story. Nothing like 14, which I loved. I'd skip it.
Here's the thing, it's almost as if Alastair Reynolds got tired of writing this series. He pretty much wraps up the series with a brief epilogue. Alastair could have easily written a whole book which covers the just the epilogue.
Narration is superb. Story is interesting, and well thought out. I would have given it a better score if more was revealed about the Martians. This is book 2, and is only vaguely connected to book 1, and can stand alone, and in fact could even be read out of order, although I think reading them in order is preferred. 93 out of 100.
Story is not that original. I was glad when I finished it so I could move on to a better book. 78 out of 100. I'm not putting it in the insomnia category, but I wouldn't put it in the page turner category either. There are several books out there that are superior.
I really liked Revelation Space, Chasm City, and even The Prefect. This is a small step backwards. I still think his best work is Pushing Ice, or House of Suns.
Not the best book I've ever read, but pretty damn good. The performance is exceptionally good. I was really pleased, and I enjoyed the 2nd book which works well (both can be read separately, and even out of order, although it's better to read them in order). I give it 93 out of 100.
This book is a reboot of a classic novel (this is explained in the introduction by John Scalzi), and it's pretty damned good. If you've read any of Scalzi's other novels, and you enjoyed them, you'll enjoy this too. It's witty, smart, well paced, etc. Wil Wheaton is excellent (again) as the narrator. But wait there's more! After you're done with the John Scalzi novel, then the original novel begins. My initial thought was, I just heard this story, but that's not the case. The very general plot of the book, "a prospector discovers a fuzzy animal in his shack" is the same. After that, the stories are their own, both enjoyable, well written, and narrated perfectly. If you don't enjoy both novels, chances are you don't speak English, in which case what the hell are you doing reading this?
It's a story about revenge. The story is original, the main characters interesting, and John Lee is okay. I think most will like it. For my money the two best Reynolds books I've read/listened to so far are Pushing Ice, and House of Suns. Those novels are very good, damn near excellent. I liked those novels a lot. This I just liked, and enjoyed.
I think this was written in the late 70's and I'm sure it was quite good for it's time. By today's standard I found it average.
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