it took a break from the naval action of the previous books in the series. it was a change of pace that keeps the formula from getting stale.
imagine if you could squish a robert rankin, a terry pratchett, and a douglas adams book together and squeeze out the juices. that's what this is.
I enjoyed the first 2 books and glad to see that, once again, we were tackling a different kind of story with the same protagonist.
It was nice to get to explore Harlan's World and to have Virginia as a full character, rather than just a memory.
There were some moments, especially with neo-quellist surfers, where I thought to myself "really? that's the read you went with on this line?" It, quite possibly, isn't Dufris fault. Who knows what direction he was getting. Initially the audio effects annoyed me but once I was used to them I thought they were tolerable. There were a lot of moments where I had to stop, go back, and listen again to see if he seriously pronounced a word "that way." Not just for proper names, either. There was a voice about halfway through the 2nd file reminding me to change discs. Throughout the entire novel Dufris pronounces Kovacs with a cks instead of a ch at the end. After how the pronunciation point was made in the first two books that was really grating.
I wish this whole series were movies, so long as michael bay doesn't direct.
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