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review 2019-01-04 10:31
Six Wakes - Mur Lafferty

I enjoyed this book a lot but I did have a few issues with it.First of all the pedant in me got really annoyed at the use of the incorrect pronoun on a couple of occasions. I went back and read the passages a few times as my mind does wander and I thought maybe the character had changed but no, 'he' was used for a female character in one place and vice versa. Aside from that there was a significant piece of the plot that I just couldn't understand. Not sure if aforementioned wandering mind had gone somewhere for another little jaunt. Anyway, there were some interesting ideas in the story and I like that in a book,I like something to mull over once I close the covers. For me though, the characters didn't quite ring true. If life was cheap because there was always another one when you died, and assuming you weren't tired of living, wouldn't you be panicked to wake up and find everyone murdered (including yourself) and no chance of another body to slip into? Knowing this was your last chance, would you really be working calmly alongside your own potential murderer? The end was not as tense as I would have liked it to be. There was a brief moment of excitement then not alot. I make it sound like I didn't enjoy it but that isn't true, I just think there should have been more atmospheric development, I wouldn't have minded a few extra pages. It would be interesting to find out what happens to the people on the ship when they get to their destination. Sequel, please!

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text 2019-01-03 10:33
Reading progress update: I've read 252 out of 364 pages.
Six Wakes - Mur Lafferty

i'm really enjoying this now. 6 clones, all with no memory of the last 25 years but all have a criminal past and a really angry AI in charge of a space ship full of 2500 sleeping people on a 4oo year long journey. What could possibly go wrong?

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text 2019-01-01 10:31
Reading progress update: I've read 116 out of 364 pages.
Six Wakes - Mur Lafferty

I'm enjoying the book so far. I need to read more books about cloning. The guys seem more freaked out at having their memories of the last 25 years erased than the fact that one of them is a murderer.

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text 2018-12-31 09:38
Carry on reading.
Six Wakes - Mur Lafferty

I can't wait until the New Year to start another book, that would be silly, so I picked up one of my Christmas presents last night. I've been wanting to read this for ages but the price of about £12 for a paperback put me off. That is more than a hardcover! Anyway, I added it to my wishlist and my son obviously thought I was worth it. Love the textured cover, it's not a fingerprint magnet like some books. Integrating the cover art with the title is also pretty clever and the book is lovely and floppy. It has deckled edges as well though they are rather uneven but I'm not a fan of that anyway. If nothing else this is a really aesthetically pleasing book to read. As to the contents, which, after all, is the reason for reading the book in the first place, I can't say much as I am only 22 pages in. So far it seems promising. Here's to a Happy New Year!

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review 2018-11-07 14:33
Space Captain Roadstrum: "Space Chantey" by R. A. Lafferty
Space Chantey - R.A. Lafferty


(Original Review, 1980-11-26)


Another old Ace double that's a favourite is "Space Chantey" by R. A. Lafferty. It's sort of a retelling of "The Odyssey" in sf terms, but in typically crazed Lafferty fashion. Odysseus becomes Space Captain Roadstrum, the land of the lotus eaters becomes a planet where (shades of Tennyson) it is always afternoon, the clashing rocks become an asteroid belt and so on.

 

 

 

If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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