- Does this book actually exist or have I imagined it? Steampunk/fantasy Mievelley
Not entirely sure if I’ve just had a really vivid and elaborate dream, or something 😉 I could sum this up as “China Mieville’s The Scar, with airship pirates instead of boat pirates”. Main character gets picked up/pirated by/joins airship pirate gang, hijinks ensue, there’s a big council of airship pirates after which they decide to do a thing but some of them aren’t very happy about it, they fly over a scary-ass monstery desert thing in search of something (food? water? fuel?)… Then they end up getting involved in or leading a war against (or in defence of) an inexplicably conical city… Which to be frank is awfully like the pointy middle bit of Midgar in final fantasy 7 so maybe that’s another component, and possibly Scott Lynch’s Red Sails Under Red Skies…Posted 3 years ago
It’s alright. TBH from what I remember there’s a really good story in it but it’s kind of drowned in ideas-for-its-own-sake. Better pacing than most Reynolds (there is no 1000 page spaceship chase) Think I’ll reread it and see what I’m remembering right and what I’m not!Posted 3 years ago
Anyone complaining about the sprawl of cryptonomicon has not read Reamde I think.
Revelation Space (etc) peeved me thoroughly, because when it’s good, it’s bloomin brilliant. It’s just that when it’s less good, it’s less good for 100000 words at a time. It’s like he read Consider Phlebas and thought “This’d be miles better if I replaced all the exciting scenes with 10 chapters in which nothing happens at all”. The lighthugger chase, aaargh, takes up about a quarter of the book and all he really says is “They chase each other for a while, then one of the ships breaks”Posted 3 years agoChrisLSubscriber
I met him at a talk/signing too and he seemed OK, albeit the talk was pretty dull. I really liked Revelation Space but liked the subsequent books in the sequence a bit less. I did like The Prefect and I think that once I got into it I liked Pushing Ice too. Still have a few of his other books on my shelf to dip into at some point as well.Posted 3 years agoGarry_LagerSubscriber
The Scar was great – best SF book I’ve picked up for a long time. His imagination speaks for itself, but the craftsmanship of the novel was exceptional. Sustaining that story took a lot of skill IMHO.
Waiting for another Bas-Lag novel from him but I guess he lost his way a little with the Iron Council. Ingredients all there but sort of the opposite to The Scar, v flawed at the nuts and bolts level of story-telling.Posted 3 years ago
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