If you haven't read MacLeod's books before, be warned that he has strong political views that permeate most of his storylines (somewhere between Trots..Show More »kyist and anarcho-capitalist). I don't normally mind this (and have thoroughly enjoyed some of the author's other books), but the Star Fraction takes this to an extreme and was simply unbearable. The book amounted to 10+ hrs of dialogue about every twisted/extremist political view imaginable. Some of this was humorous, but most was just plain boring. Ultimately... I gave up about 6 hours into the book. It is a shame as the basic plot had alot of potential.
I would barely call this science fiction. It is more of a tale of two rivals over a woman, part of which story just happens to be set in the future. ..Show More » Rather than use a variety of very interesting possible sci-fi concepts to enhance the story, they are treated as throw-aways. It is almost as if they are in the way and the author is trying to write around them.
On the other hand he becomes obsessed with some common concepts, like political theory, cigarettes and sex. His constant reference to cigarettes is very distracting. It is difficult to believe that every character in the future is so addicted to tobacco and that it is somehow necessary to describe in every scene which hand they are holding it in, who gave them the cigarette, who lit it, even what direction the smoke is blowing!
I really tried to stick this one out, hoping it would get interesting, but the characters are one-dimensional, the story is plodding and uninteresting, and overall the feel of the book is one of depression and dreariness.