An Android Awakes by Mike French

An Android AwakesBilled as a ‘graphic novel, novel’ An Android Awakes tells the story, through pictures and words, of Android Writer PD121928 as it tries to produce stories that a publisher will accept before the submission limit on its programming runs out.
What we have here is an innovative throwback; something that returns us to the picture story premise of old annuals and paperbacks, but presents itself to a graphic novel audience.
The balance of narrative is weighed towards the writing, with the drawings more of an illustration of scenes and in this, there is something a little disappointing, as the book has moved away from the stronger tradition of visual storytelling a graphic novel or comic book would afford. The pictures do not have essential narrative content, where they might in these mediums.
However, the stream of consciousness premise of the text is fascinating as PD121928’s draft submissions bleed into one another with throw away references, remembrances and retellings that turn a collection of discreet narratives into parts of the struggling writer’s experience. We have a linked world through referentiality, but this world operates in two spaces; the one developed in our minds and the one developed in the mind of the Android. This world is intentionally flawed as ideas are reshaped and re-used in different submissions, but the reader finds themselves imagining a world where all the tales fit together consistently as this is the way in which we would read other texts that interconnect in the same way. This tells us something about ourselves as readers and the instinctive habits our consummation of stories can create.
The illustrations have a crisp and busy quality to them, providing images and faces to the scenes described. Both writing and drawing clearly signal this as an adult collection, although not in a way that promotes excess.
The tales themselves are a fascinating collection of intertextuality and remediation. To begin with they feel dense, but gradually settle into a rhythm and structure, much in the same way PD121928 gradually refines its craft. This element of character development through the narrative is subtle and reinforced by the interspersing of journal comment. Highlights from the submissions include a reversed Bladerunner scenario, a multitude of Matrix and Animatrix ideas, some Asimov references and many more; the majority in keeping with the transformational nature of cyberpunk as our storyteller understands his own contrived metamorphosis and often decides to ‘write what you know.’
Eventually the narrative moves to its social comment punchline. PD121928 does get a story accepted, but achievement is not quite all it could have been and we are left to judge the idiosyncrasies of publishers in this strange future, not unlike the way in which we might smile at their choices today. This book is definitely worth the space on your bookshelf or Kindle, as it will keep you engaged from the first page to the last. The storyline and artwork works flawlessly together to create an immersive reading experience.

Opinion:


Five Stars
An Android Awakens is a thoughtful creation which will inspire thought in its readership. In time perhaps we’ll see a return to storytelling in this medium and a greater level of experimentation with narrative delivery with words and pictures.

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Europe in Autumn by Dave Hutchinson

Europe in Autumn“Europe in Autumn.” is an alternative history near future story that could be considered Kafkaesque in more than one sense of the word. It’s part of new style of novel that mixes European settings with a gritty noir feeling such as seen in those quite brilliant novels Osama and Wolfhound Century.

In Hutchinson’s vision of the near future a devastating flu pandemic has swept through the continent and left in its wake a fractured Europe of pocket-sized nations, republics, duchies and polities. We join the story as Rudi – a cook in a Kraków restaurant – is recruited by the secretive “Les Coureurs des Bois” and so begins his life as a “courier” – a network of secret agents who move sensitive items through the many tiny territories. It’s a career with no little danger and even while still in training he’s caught, beaten and locked up until rescue is attempted. Such begins a career in espionage.

Put simply, Europe in Autumn is an astounding piece of fiction. It’s stylish, surreal, sagacious and sophisticated; it draws you into this fractured Europe that bears a chilling resemblance to our own while at the same time introducing you to different cultures and characters that often seem as recondite as the story itself. It’s a wonderfully turbulent plot that seems to go anywhere but in a straight line and yet plays out a rich and complex story that like one of those old magic eye pictures you have to sit and stare at for a while before you can see any shape emerging.

At times it reminded me of the novels mentioned earlier and yes there are hints of Franz Kafka not just in the surrealism but also sharing themes of alienation and bureaucracy – set on a dark stage that hints at casual brutality and corrupt, oppressive regimes. To offset all this gloom are some clever light touches, which combine well with the eloquent prose and results in lifting what otherwise could have been a very dark drama.

I will draw a comparison to PKD’s seminal work The Man in the High Castle which I feel is the grand-daddy of this alternate history noir style. Of course the similarities are if anything quite brief, Europe In Autumn draws heavily from a European style (especially Polish) and has a much more dynamic, thriller feel to it and while there is a similar sense of meandering there is also a clearer sense of the plot moving forward (or at times sideways and backwards).
I love how this book makes you feel, it’s a little like a feeling of intoxication, that point in inebriation where you are quite happy but in a little bit of a haze – only partly aware of what’s actually going on and because this book put me in that happy haze state of mind of second-guessing every plot twist and turn. It definitely deserves space on your bookshelf for Kindle, particularly if you are a fan of the gritty noir style.

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Made to Kill by Adam Christopher

Made to KillRaymond Chandler meets Astounding in this pulpy, hard-boiled detective pastiche, the first of a trilogy by the author of The Empire State and The Spider Wars series (The Machine Awakes, 2015, etc.).
In 1965, Raymond Electromatic is the world’s last remaining robot. He and a powerful artificial intelligence, Ada, used to run a private detective agency in Los Angeles. That was before Ada, who apparently was “programmed for profit,” figured out they’d make much more money using Raymond as a hit man. (Although the author explains that Ada and Raymond’s creator, the late Professor Thornton, intended his creations to be financially independent, we never learn what benefit they would actually gain from the money. What use would they even have for money—to pay the power bills, possibly?) Their latest client, film actress Eva McLuckie, hires Raymond to kill missing actor Charles David. Intending to kill both his target and his client, the robot follows their trail to find Russian spies conducting secret and highly radioactive research underneath an exclusive nightclub. His struggle to comprehend the plot is made more difficult by his memory limitations: every 24 hours, his magnetic tape runs out and he must replace it with a blank one. Christopher’s afterword explains that this novel is both a carefully researched homage to Chandler and a response to Chandler’s ridicule of science fiction. The result certainly borders on the ridiculous, and it’s more parody than homage. While it nods at noir, it lacks that genre’s bleakness, which may be intentional. None of the characters, biological or constructed, are all that sympathetic—we feel for Raymond, victim of technologically induced amnesia and Ada’s manipulations, but his programmed indifference to murder is…uncomfortable—and the villains are cartoonish.

 

A small idea stretched until it snaps.
Opinion:

Four star
Four Stars

Even though this book is an idea that is definitely being stretched until it breaks with cartoonish villains and a former killer robot turn would be detective it turns out that this story is actually really enjoyable is the perfect marriage of classic science fiction and hard-boiled detective noir, with plenty of twists and turns and backstabbing and everything else you would expect from a hard-nosed private eye. This book is definitely worth the space on your bookshelf or Kindle, particularly if you’re a science fiction fan looking for something. Just a little bit different than what has been wrong on offer on bookstore shelves lately. And if you’re detective fan then this book will definitely open up your eyes to some mail and exciting possibilities of what a great detective can be. This is one of those books that would be perfect, curled up in your favorite easy chair on a dark and stormy night with a cup of tea or hot chocolate is definitely worth the space on your bookshelf or Kindle, as you will most certainly not be disappointed.

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Poseidon’s wake by Alastair Reynolds

Poseidon's wakePoseidon’s Wake is set in the same universe as Reynolds previous two Poseidon’s Children novels (Blue Remembered Earth and On the Steel Breeze) but is written as an informal conclusion to the trilogy, a book that works equally well as a stand-alone story.
The story begins on Crucible, a distant planet from Earth that is now a colony for humankind. For Ndege Akinya Crucible, has become a prison, held responsible for her part in the disaster that befell the transport vessel decades earlier. Then a signal is discovered from the distant star system Gliese 163, a message in Swahili which says simply “Send Nedge”. Nedge however is now too old and frail to make such a journey across the stars and so her daughter Goma, Goma’s wife Ru and Mposi go in her place.
Across the Galaxy Kanu, another member of the Akinya family has also discovered the message and sets off with his one-time wife Nissa and AI friend Swift — believing their destination holds the key to understanding the mystery of the Watchkeepers.
One of the things that really stands out with the Poseidon’s Children series is that rather than go down the dystopia, apocalyptic or otherwise deteriorating future route the vast majority of 21st century science fiction novels seems to take, these books paint a much more optimistic view of humanity’s future. The series also partly addresses the need for treating people equally and this includes the use of “ve” as a nonbinary gender descriptor (first used by Greg Egan twenty years previously).
That isn’t to say that humanity has it easy or has solved all it’s problems but things haven’t got worse, just more complicated. Factions still disagree with others on the way things should be, to the point that they are willing to sacrifice their lives to prevent them achieving their goals. Humanity still has its weaknesses even if they are no longer plagued by short life-span and gender and racial inequality.
At times, Poseidon’s Wake feels like a modern novel that still manages to retain that wonderful sense of a story created during the “golden age” of science fiction, full of big ideas and interesting characters. Reynolds spends a great deal of time on these characters — to the point that some of his ideas do seem to have less space to be explored than I’d have liked. There is also a big connection to the previous books that I feel any reader not having read them will miss out on, especially with the legacy of Eunice? And her Elephants, part way through the book there is this big game-changing reveal that shakes things up but the reactions of the characters are less convincing than they could have been — especially given all that investment in their personalities.

Opinion:

Four star
Four Stars
That isn’t to say that this book doesn’t work, because it does. The main theme of intelligence not being restricted to the bipedal form is the big one and Reynolds manages to carry this idea across well. The story itself works, providing an intriguing glimpse into one possible future of the human race and a larger view of the universe and non-human life. I loved the way the author takes the sharp edges off “hard” science fiction and yet manages to retain the essence of what “hard” science fiction is. The scope of the series defines the term “epic” and yet also retains a sense of place, being told primarily from the viewpoint of just one family.
Poseidon’s Wake is a richly rewarding novel and worth the price alone just for the ending (and the big reveal). Reynolds continues to show just how talented and author he is.

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The unquiet: by Mikaela Everett

The unquietLira grows up in the cottages. She is from Earth II, the version of earth that is slowly disappearing. She and other children are being trained as sleepers on a special mission on Earth 1. Slowly, it becomes clear what their mission truly encompasses.

Mythology-wise, The Unquiet leans heavily on the parallel-universe concept which was central to the TV show Fringe. Everything from the alternates, to one earth falling apart while the other lived on, reminded me of Fringe. Probably because I love that show so much and have watched it too many times, but still. Obviously the version in The Unquiet isn’t a carbon copy, but sometimes I wished it distinguished itself more from its source material, especially because the book provides very little world building in itself. It’s never explained why there are two parallel universes, or why the portals between them have formed. Or even more importantly, how can alternates talk to each other on the phone? Lira is not a scientist, but I would have liked some more insights into this.

The strongest point of The Unquiet is probably its atmosphere. The lyrical writing-style evokes a sort of dream-like state, and little pieces of the story are unveiled in a sequence that is not necessarily chronological. Lira’s thoughts are incredibly dark, and the result is a bleak story with only a few pin-pricks of happiness to carry us through. Unlike the deluge of dystopian novels and movies we’ve had the last few years, there is no focus on romance. There isn’t even a romantic subplot until very late in the book (think last quarter), and even then, it fits naturally in the story. Overall, the story is pervaded with this gritty sense of realness, and the plight of Lira’s tough life.

Having discussed the story itself, which is actually pretty good, I’ll now turn towards what I think is highly problematic. If you want to be completely surprised about what the main part of the book is about, it might be a good idea to stop reading. The following doesn’t contain any spoilers for specific events, but it does say about the direction the book takes after Lira leaves the cottages.

Opinion:
Three Stars

The main question, so to speak, of The Unquiet is whether someone who does bad things can still be a good person. And with bad things, I mean kill innocent people. With bad things, I mean knowingly participate in the systematic extermination of people. See where I’m going with this? The question is, can someone who participates in genocide be a good person? This question of what is good is better is honestly something to each individual reader of this book is going to have to decide for themselves. As honestly, I felt that unless someone was truly in a situation where they had to consider the worst of all options to save not only their own lives, but the lives of their family not to mention an entire planet no one would know exactly what they would do, and if it was possible for them to be a good person.

Aside from the unanswerable question of what makes a good person. This was a truly interesting read, as it makes you think about your place in the world and the lengths that you would go to, to protect what is yours. This question of “what makes a good person.” is why the book may be problematic for some readers.

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This Monstrous Thing by McKenzie Lee

This Monstrous ThingLet me preface this by saying that I am not a huge fan of the classics. One time I tried to read Wuthering Heights and it took me the entire summer to read the first ¾ of the book before I gave up. Granted, that was back when I was in high school and might not have had an appreciation for finer literary works, but still, all this to say that I haven’t read Frankenstein. The closest I’ve come is a cold Legacy, which I liked well enough, but didn’t find amazing.

But this book made me want to give it a try. Set in an alternate history where men are fitted with clockwork/mechanic parts after the war, we meet Alasdair, a brilliant, kind of selfish boy. Living in Geneva, an apparent ‘safe haven’ for survivors of the war due to its neutrality, Alasdair secretly constructs limbs from metal and clockwork for war veterans. But being a Shadow Boy is a dangerous occupation to have in a city like Geneva, which is intolerant and discriminatory toward such practices.

Plus, there’s the small problem of him bringing his brother back to life in this manner. And the fact that someone (three guesses who!) has written a book about it, stirring up unrest amongst those who have similar inflictions.

Opinion:

Four star
Four Stars

I must say, I really enjoyed the characters in this book. Alasdair was kind of a jackass, but one that you want to succeed. I think a lot of us will be able to see and empathize with his specific brand of selfishness. But the character that really blew me away was Clémence, such a strong and contrary female character for her time. I won’t say much more, though I don’t think I would spoil much, but it was nice to have her adding some diversity to the characters.

And Oliver; our tortured monster, he was interesting. I’m still not sure how I feel about him.

This book really did a good job of portraying Mary as one of those people everyone thinks is good, but who really isn’t. This book is definitely worth the space on your Kindle or bookshelf, and is an interesting way to get readers unfamiliar with the classics such as Frankenstein, by putting them in a new and exciting steampunk universe.

I actually disliked her a lot by the end of this, definitely one of the worst characters in the book, but someone who fooled everyone.

Overall, an interesting read. If you liked a cold Legacy you should give it a try.

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Luna: by Ian McDonald

LunaLuna: New Moon by Ian McDonald is a Science Fiction story about the struggles and strife of a new emerging powerful family empire living on The Moon.

Corta-Helio is the newest of the five ‘Dragons’ in Luna society. Each Dragon being a family run empire controlling important resources and infrastructure; think of Mafia families but on the Moon. Adriana Corta is the matriarch of Corta-Helio and is in the twilight of her years; the business being run more by her five children than herself nowadays. She wants to ensure expansion and more stability for the business before she steps away from it all completely. The enemies she made during her famous rise to power will cause her and the family more problems than anyone could have expected.

There is no one central main character; the focus shifts between the Corta family members and a few other important figures. This shifting style is very hard work at the beginning of the book as I found it difficult to track who each person was and what part they play in events. That is only an issue at the very start; within 3, maybe 4, chapters I was adjusted to the characters and their own styles.

Adriana Corta, as the matriarch of the family, is the closest person to a central character in the book. She’s a strong character with personality and a surprisingly deep history. She is not the only strong female character; McDonald has managed to write multiple female characters who actually stay strong and don’t end up needing a male character for help, which is not uncommon in a lot of books.

Subjects that McDonald investigates and brings to the fore are gender, sexuality and self worth. Due to the nature of Luna and its culture these can be explored and brought to the fore remarkably well. It’s a relatively small society which has no real laws as we know them on Earth. The five ‘Dragon’ corporations control everything and the courts dispute claims between them. Anyone who manages to live for awhile has to have mental strength and this brings up interesting ideas on sexuality and its choice; along with social stigma and related matters.

I was unsure whether to give this a 4 star rating rather than the 5 I have given it due to the very harsh and, to be honest, slightly off-putting start. However that same harsh feeling that I had at the start, along with the unforgiving world and society, made it demand more; hence it’s rating. It’s more than the sum of its parts essentially.

I didn’t realize until after I’d finished reading this is part one of a duo logy so I’ve got a bit of a wait until the other part. I wish I had it available now but oh well; I suspect it will be well worth the wait.

Opinion:

5 Star rating
Five Stars

In Summary: A harsh start belies an amazing story with strong characters set in an interesting and unusual world. This book will give you an entirely new perspective on family politics and power and possibly even life on the moon itself. This book is definitely worth the space on your Kindle or bookshelf, and I’ll be reading the second book for sure.

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Dreamland by Robert L. Anderson

DreamlandDea has always been extraordinary. She has never understood why she was capable of walking through other people’s dreams, but she knew that she needed to do it for her health. She knows the rules, and has always been able to follow them. Until Connor comes into the picture, Dea wants to know everything about him, even if that means walking his dreams more than once and breaking the rules.

A story about a girl who can walk through others’ dreams and see our deepest desires, and our hidden secrets, immediately, it has you hooked-right? The premise for the story was hooking – the start of the story? Not so much. It took me until the nightmares came into play before I got hooked. And I believed that was Chapter 7 or so. So I was kind of far into the book before I was hooked. What kept me going was the fact that the premise had the makings of a story that would be so enticing. And I’m glad I stuck with it, because once I was hooked I couldn’t stop reading.

Opinion:

Four star
Four Stars

The plot was a little predictable. I felt like certain things were handed to us before we were given the answers so that we could piece together the story. This didn’t detract from anything, but that just made the twists less fun than they could have been. I would’ve rather been shocked when it was time for me to find out with Dea what was happening, rather than me piecing together certain things. Yea I would be shocked when I figured it out, but I would have rather found out with the character.

Due to how the story ended I really am hoping that Anderson decides to write a sequel. Not to say it’s a cliff hanger, but there is definitely enough for there to be a story following this? And I would be one of the first people in line to read it.

Seeing as this is Anderson’s first novel I would say I’m impressed. Usually first novels are hard to read – at least I feel like the first novels of many authors are rocky and the author is trying to find their writing voice and are unsure if audiences will enjoy what they are writing. I did not feel this way with Anderson. I felt as though he knew his writing voice for years and he was confident that audiences would enjoy his stories. And from my experience and reviews I’ve read of others – I believe he succeeded in giving us some great entertainment!

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The heart goes last by Margaret Atwood

The heart goes lastThis is awkward to admit, but I’m not really sure what to make of this book.

The Heart Goes last; takes place in a near-future dystopia where the economy has collapsed and with it has fallen all societal order. Stan and Charmaine are forced to live out of their car, subsisting off of Charmaine’s meager waitress salary, always moving to fend off thieves and gangsters and rapists that will attack any working vehicle. When Charmaine sees an advertisement for a new life in the symbiotic prison/town system of Positron and Consilience, she’s desperate to take the plunge, and so Stan and Charmaine find themselves switching monthly between life behind bars in Positron and a soothing 1950s-style domestic life in Consilience.

But Charmaine and Stan soon realize that, just like their fifties ideal, a facade of perfection isn’t easy to maintain.

Given the amusingly bizarre premise and the absolute absurdity of later events, I’m pretty sure that the book was intended to be black comedy. Unfortunately, I didn’t find it funny at all. Part of this had to do with the themes. As with all of Atwood’s books, feminism–and more specifically, the victimization of women–plays a major role. It’s an extreme thing to say, but this book gave me the sense that Atwood just despises men. Most of the book’s plot rests upon the assumption that men are basically sexual predators. In the collapsed society, they rape all the women they come across. If they’re denied female companionship, they rape chickens. If they’re afraid of real women, they rape androids. And if they can manage it, they do whatever it takes to rape the women of their dreams. The entire book is about sex, and every single example involves something with the flavor of rape, from Charmaine unprotestingly and joylessly allowing Stan to do what he wants to the more extreme versions found later. The men of Atwood’s world are all driven by sexual desire, and deep down, they all want their sexual encounters to involve force. To my mind, there are certain themes– genocide, child abuse, etc– that are simply too serious to be treated comically. Rape is one of those themes.
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Atwood sees men as predators and women as (usually willing) victims. I get it. I’ve gotten it since Handmaid’s Tale. But this isn’t 1985 anymore–or 1950, for that matter. Women may not have gained equality, but surely we can tell stories with a more nuanced message.

Maybe I could have survived the book if I had been able to warm to a character, any character. But to my mind, all of the characters were simply awful–and more importantly, unsympathetic– people. (view spoiler) I actually started to wonder how Atwood could make the characters less sympathetic, but apart from wringing the necks of a few puppies, I’m stumped. The heart may go last, but honestly, I felt that these characters had no heart at all. It might just be part of the whole “black humor” thing, and maybe it’s just not my genre, but at least for me, awful people doing awful things made for a grueling, distasteful read.

Opinion:
Three Stars
I started out by saying that I didn’t know what to make of The Heart Goes Last, and that’s mostly because I spent a good portion of the book trying to figure out if it was intended to be serious or black comedy. Some of the serious themes appealed to me; for example, the book heavily explores the distinction between being exploited and feeling exploited. Yet the plot certainly suggests comedy: every trope of B-movie scifi is mashed together, with additional absurdity thrown on top. Put it this way: Elvises (or is it Elvi?) get involved. Yet the themes and events, especially the ones that Atwood so thoughtfully explores, crossed the “not funny” line for me. There’s a certain genre of black comedy involving despicable characters doing (and failing to do) despicable things and this book fits neatly into that category. But it’s not the genre for me.

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Arcadia by Iain Pears

ArcadiaThere was also an app created for this story, allowing you to read whatever POV you wish, as there are said to be 10 story lines, sometimes entwining with others as the story progresses. More about that app can be read on the website of The Guardian. In the book, it results in separate chapters per character, shifting focus with each chapter. Each chapter then is subdivided with asterisks to facilitate the reading as new happenings take place.

The story takes place in the 1960’s and revolves around Anterworld, a world created in the mind of professor (and spy) Lytten, who was writing a book about it. Rosie, a 15-year-old girl who visits him regularly to look after his cat, Mr. Jenkins, and do some odd jobs, suddenly can’t find the cat anymore and starts a search. She ends up in the cellar, a place barely used by the professor and one she has never been in. There she discovers a pergola behind a blanket. When she uncovers it, she sees a new world though it, as well as people. Since Mr. Jenkins is nowhere to be found, her only option then is to go through the pergola and look for the creature over there. That’s when the ball starts to roll and things are (unexpectedly) set in motion, with rather serious consequences.

Life in Anterworld is very different from real life, not only in terms of politics or communal life, but also beliefs, education, and so on. You could consider it a sort of dystopian/utopia, depending on how you look at it, hence the title ‘Arcadia’

Since time travel is a key ingredient in this story, it’s obvious that other story lines (POV’s) are set in the future and the past. Mainly the future is of importance, as another character (Angela Meerson, a mathematician from the future), is working on a device to travel into time. Of course, she doesn’t get the desired support from her chief, Mr. Hanslip, who has a different point of view on the matter. Meanwhile, the institute is a target for an ambitious and power-hungry old man called Oldmanter, who has other, more malicious, plans with the time-travel device.

Because of all the trouble, Angela flees back in time to France and England, erasing all traces, and so she actually proves that time travel is possible. Thanks to anti-aging agents and implants, she remains young and energetic, and can remain undetected as translator, for example. Via professor Lytten she wants to rebuild her machine to travel to an alternative reality, hence the pergola in the basement, of which he (Lytten) is unaware. Angela uses Lytten’s story about Anterworld for her machine. Lytten’s story was never finished, several aspects and characters weren’t properly worked out, but he did use moments of his life as a basis for it all, as shown in the characters of Anterworld. Due to Rosie’s intervention, Angela’s plan needed quick reviewing.

Once he discovered she had gone, Hanslip wanted Angela back to obtain vital and valuable information about the time-travel machine. Therefore, a search party is set up to track her down, no matter how. And this is one example of how storylines come together, in Anterworld or elsewhere.

For this story, as several genres are mixed into the pan, Iain Pears also used references to 20th century events as well as references to the past. This is shown in the intelligence of Angela and Rosie in certain dialogues and situations, which of course confuses characters in Anterworld.

The writing itself is beautiful, very comprehensible. Pears doesn’t lay all his cards on the table, but his way of leaving crumbs and changing focus with each chapter makes it hard to put the book down. He really knows how to keep your attention. In hindsight, it’s easy to say you expected this or that to happen, but I never saw how it would end, how Pears would conclude his ‘Arcadia’, hats off for that, but even more for this entire work, I found it to be a very original story, enticing and well worked out, although some threads (future of Anterworld? The other characters?) could be further fleshed out, in my opinion. So much even that Mr. Pears could easily write a sequel. Unless he wants the reader to form his/her own idea on what (could have) happened next?

Opinion:

Four star
Four Stars

In short: This book is very much recommended for all who seek to read something different, something refreshing. This book is definitely an alternative choice to your regular reading habits is definitely worth the space on your bookshelf or Kindle and will be enjoyed by spy in science fiction fans alike. This is definitely a unique and artistic blending of two great literary genres.

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