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lovely series, hate to start book 3 because it's the last one!
I don't know what it would take for me to give this book, or this series, 5 stars - I can't remember when I've given a science-fiction novel 5/5 stars! I have no problem giving it a solid 4-stars - for me, a 56-year old software engineer/entrepreneur and long-time sci-fi fan, it works extremely well. Some of that is just personal taste, but I think these are also unusually well balanced - the parts all work together to make something very nice. Hey, first, the overt story here is: female super-combat android with cheerful young soul defects to other side, tries to retire in utopian(-ish) megalopolis... doesn't work out, trouble finds her, saves Madam President, joins SWAT, makes friends, trouble finds her... Imagine Pepper Potts (from the movies) with a body (re)engineered by Tony Stark and a libido permanently dialed to '11'.
There's a complicated universe with lots of details and history. Relatively restrained speculative science & engineering, nothing that makes me gag (unlike 99% of TV and Hollywood sci-fi.) The action sequences play in my head at least as well as anything I've seen in a movie. The personalities are admirably varied and give "the illusion of depth." The friendships are mainly seen through banter; There's nearly always a sexual undercurrent and the dialog doesn't always ring perfectly, but I think they are quite lovingly crafted, which puts them a cut above most sci-fi. I actually enjoy the relatively heavy dose of politics: It's no more than you get in the Honor Harrington novels, but I've been on the edges of real politics, and I find Shepherd much more convincing in this area than Weber, whose politicians all seem like caricatures. The issue of whether 'Cassie' is human or not is never far away; Shepherd slyly contrasts the endless political uproar over her with the friendship and loyalty she is offered by those she works with.
Urban planning and military cyborg action: Who would guess that you could hang a novel on those two pillars? And get synergy? I love it. But then, architecture and urban planning (e.g. Christopher Alexander) are personal interests. And so is AI - I work some in the area where cognitive psychology and artificial intelligence intersect, and I find Shepherd's insight in this area extraordinary. When Shepherd writes about engineering aspects of Cassandra's mind, it's eerie to have him describe specific details in *exactly* the way I'd expect them to work out - in 20 or 40 years.
This is not a stand-alone book; the Cassandra Kresnov trilogy feels to me very much like a big 3-part novel. As the middle book this one works very well. I'm saving the 3rd book for a special occasion...
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Posted November 7, 2010
Good book, but not for 10 dollars
I book this series last year in soft cover when I was on vacation, and I liked the story, so I thought I would pick it up in the nook format, imagine my suprise to find the ebook at a 10 price.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 23, 2010
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