Monday, September 22, 2008

Debatable Space - Philip Palmer

The cover says this writer works in Radio, tv, etc., and boy does it show. This novel is riddled with stuff that could presumably go in scripts, huge bold worlds, and even text-only splash pages that would appear to be completely pointless outside of comics.

Obviously deliberately employed, here, but really annoying when there are so many examples.

Apart from that, on something that mentions a space pirate kidnap gone wrong there is a lot of extremely tedious flashbackery.

This book doesn't hold up well next to that paragon of subtlety and story, the John Cleve Spaceways series.

Definitely unfinishable.

1 out of 5