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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Review: Crystal Rain

There was a time known as The Golden Age of Science Fiction, when men were real men, women were real women, and furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were really furry.

Tobias Buckell's Crystal Rain is a shining example of why the Golden Age of Science Fiction is over. Yes, all the trappings of science fiction are there: the airships, the steam punk type warfare, even the boat that converts (however laboriously) into an snow-going vessel. The protagonist is someone who's lost his memory, but has amazing powers. The world even remembers that humans did not evolve on the planet they are on, but came from some mythical place called Earth.

The writing is readable, but not great. After all, real men do not indulge in developing characters, or even in having emotions. Every character is entirely wooden, but of course our heroes are ridiculously competent. I kept reading in hopes of a payoff, but never found it. While this book wasn't a total waste of Kindle storage, it was pretty close to a waste of my time. I will avoid books by this author in the future.

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