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Posted October 29, 2013
I was very disappointed with this book. I didn't even finish it. The author uses too many similar sounding names for people, places and things. I had to keep flipping back to make sure I was understanding which character and where. This is very distracting and detracts from the enjoyment of reading a good story. Science fiction asks us to suspend our sense of reality and embrace the imaginary - this I am happy to do. However, having to tangle my mind around so many place/character names that are of "alien" language is too taxing to make the effort enjoyable. The author needlessly complicates the story by naming everything; rather than simply state, 'she fired her pistol' or 'sidearm' - he has to NAME it "Bayo" and the same is true of a rifle-type weapon; it is an "Ayoka". I can't tell you about the actual story, I was too annoyed by practically having to take notes to plow through a fictional work to finish it and I simply gave it up. Not worth it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 13, 2012
Picking up the baton in this great Original Fiction series from Crossroad Press; Guilt in Innocence sees Keith add an extra level of interest to a clever sci-fi tale.
The Hegemony must find out what happened to its crack telepaths, and sends its best to investigate. What unfolds is a convoluted plot of devious design and dark ambition, with a little misfortune and plenty of interesting sci-fi elements thrown in for good measure.
Using a mixture of West African culture and a near medieval-Oriental style of deference and focus, the story is lifted from an enjoyable sci-fi romp to another interesting and diverse tale in the Scattered Earth series.