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review 2018-12-07 01:12
Elysium Fire, Alastair Reynolds
Elysium Fire - Alastair Reynolds

Typical Reynolds, typical Revelation Space Reynolds at that: Memory and identity issues, gruesome Gothic elements, psychopaths. Also the usual slow pace initially with a gallop through the final third or so. The main thing holding my interest was the mystery, which was more than sufficiently mysterious.

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text 2018-12-02 17:37
Reading progress update: I've read 160 out of 432 pages.
Elysium Fire - Alastair Reynolds

Missing memories...an unsurprising feature of a book set in the Revelation Space universe.

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text 2018-11-29 14:28
Reading progress update: I've read 88 out of 432 pages.
Elysium Fire - Alastair Reynolds

After an unusually fast-paced opening segment we're back to the usual Reynolds slow build up. Also, what's goin' on? All very mysterious.

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text 2018-11-25 12:05
Reading progress update: I've read 24 out of 432 pages.
Elysium Fire - Alastair Reynolds

Mysterious deaths and political manouvres.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-09-01 18:24
Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds
Chasm City - Alastair Reynolds

Synopsis: Pursuing vengeance, security specialist Tanner Mirabel follows his target from one solar system to another, tracking him through the disaster ridden Chasm City, uncovering truths he might have wished he hadn't.

 

Review: I've been working for awhile on reading my way through Reynold's books. Chasm City is a re-read, but was maybe...sixteen years ago at least? So most of it feels new again.

 

Reynold's does what he does best here, dark space opera, but ultimately the book is more cyberpunk than anything. Low-lifes, killers, a gritty, fundamentally broke city, and hightech everywhere? Yeah this is cyberpunk. It reminded me a lot of Altered Carbon (the book, of course).

 

There are of course problems. There are some things which just do not add up.

If Cahuella is really Sky Haussman, why does Reynold's go out of his way to make Cahuella seem like a relatively nice guy (someone who would intervene on an unfornate's behalf to rescue her from a stalker/harasser) and Haussman an utter psycho (someone who would murder hundreds or thousands of people, start a war, murder the father who raised him, etc)?

(spoiler show)

We're given a pretty good view of both and the moral disparity between the two personalities is pretty stark.

 

I also found the twist ending a tad confusing after a little bit.

 

I didn't hate it, it was alright, but for hardboiled cyberpunk Altered Carbon kicks this book's ass.

 

Up next is something a little different for me. Kurt Vonneguts 'A Man Without A Country'.

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