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Posted May 27, 2009
A Jumble to Read
I've read the other four books in this series and generally enjoyed them, although I felt the last two, especially The Merchant's War, went off in too many directions at once. Unfortunately, The Revolution Business continues that regrettable trend by becoming even more convoluted. Most of the characters, even Miriam (the protagonist) to some extent, appear as little more than snippets and the tale jumps around so much that it's very difficult to keep track of where you are in the story line.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Additionally, certain plot lines simply end in medias res. We started this one somewhat after the coup of the usurper king and all of a sudden we find that his army is obliterated in about two seconds. It's almost as if Stross couldn't figure out where it was going, or decided it was now a distraction, ended it and said to himself, "I guess that solved that problem; let's now focus on something else."
The other annoying thing is Stross' constant allusion to the (obviously disliked by him) American president and vice president. His barely-veiled comparisons to Dick Cheney and George Bush detract from what would otherwise be an interesting exposition of the dynamic of a government faced with something it mistrusts and fears mostly because it neither understands nor controls it. To me it was a distraction and I kept mumbling things like, "Give it a break," "For god's sake, they're not even in office any more," and "Enough with the personal opinions already."
What started out as a really creative concept with some potentially very interesting characters is not living up to its potential. While I wish him well, Stross needs to tighten things up, regain his focus and show us more of what we saw in the first couple of volumes. For $24.95 list that's the least one should expect.
Posted January 11, 2012
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