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review 2016-01-19 22:11
Chasm City - Alastair Reynolds

Tanner Mirabel, who I would deem an assassin by trade, is after the man who killed his boss. As he zooms in on his target, events begin to unfold which include memories induced by a virus which cause him to doubt his mission, as well as his own existence. Plunging into the storyline, one is reminded of events of Blade Runner, as well as the weirdness of a Gilliam's Brazil. The story raps up nicely, but not before the reader is taken on a journey where he/she wonders why they read the novel, or where the hell it's going to end up. I am honored to have finished this book, but I have to admit that I was taken on a journey of wonder, self-doubt, and satisfaction at the end. Perhaps I have experienced the genius of Alastair Reynolds without being fully aware of it. I would advise future readers to keep a WIDE open mind when tackling this adventure.

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review 2015-03-24 22:06
Chasm City
Chasm City - Alastair Reynolds

Full review here: http://infinispace.net/2013/08/review-chasm-city-alastair-reynolds/

 

Chasm City is a complex, thread heavy roller coaster of a ride, less space opera and more gothic-noir space adventure. But be warned, nothing is really as it seems until about the last 20 pages, and that's when the reader forgets some of the early head scratching and declares a satisfying "A-ha!"

Source: infinispace.net/2013/08/review-chasm-city-alastair-reynolds
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review 2014-10-17 00:00
Chasm City
Chasm City - Alastair Reynolds A little too dependent on the helpful stranger, but overall an enjoyable read. Oh, and more aliens should call their spaceships void warrens.

I think this book should be read before Redemption Ark, even though it's considered standalone. It could even be read before Revelation Space.
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review 2014-01-24 00:00
Chasm City (Revelation Space)
Chasm City - Alastair Reynolds A good story, even if it didn't fit into the Revelation Space story line. It kept my interest to the end. That is good enough. But not great.
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review 2013-08-24 00:00
Chasm City
Chasm City - Alastair Reynolds I can feel this story percolating in my head, my final opinion coming together like puzzle pieces as time goes on. I think I like it more having read it than I did in the process of reading it, primarily because that feeling of confusion (purposefully induced by the author) during reveals is so uncomfortable to me.

Chasm City follows three threads: Tanner Mirabel, a hired muscle of the extremely competent type, who has chased a man across interstellar space for revenge. Cahuella, a hunter and a mystery. Sky Haussman, part of the original flotilla of generation ships sent to settle Journey's End, now called Sky's Edge (and the reason behind that is my favorite reveal in the book). From Sky on the way to Sky's Edge, to Kawea on Sky's Edge, to Tanner in Chasm City, I was surprised when all three stories came together elegantly.
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