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Posted June 16, 2004
A pleasant time-waster, no more
McDevitt is so keen to get his plot worked out that he gets lazy with too many details, from the alien life that's essentially terrestrial with more aggression, to an almost complete lack of effective characterisation, to the ridiculous idea that people on a planet that's breaking up are regularly going to embark on detours for discovery rather than trying to get to a rescuing craft without eating into a margin of safety. Unconvincing, but fun nonetheless. Comparing this to the book I read just before, Redemption Ark, is like comparing a fast food burger with a really good steak. (I confess I'm staggered that it was so well reviewed.)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 20, 2011
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