Monday, June 14, 2010

Gardens of the Sun - Paul J. McAuley

I didn't like this as much as The Quiet War. Perhaps because it felt more meandering, and not as tightly focused as the earlier novel. This may have been deliberate, to show that the post combat, and post Brazilian governmental collapse was messy and people didn't know what they were doing. Certainly characters like Cash Baker epitomised this as he tried to work out whether to be smuggler, pilot, military, terrorist, chauffeur, emigrant, or whatever.

Perhaps also a bit odd to see bits and pieces of the earlier Quiet War stories used and even changed quite a bit, leading to a little deja vuwhat?

The gene wizards also didn't feature as much directly, and they were definitely one of the most interesting parts of the earlier book. Macy, Casha nd Loc do still get around a bit, though.

3.5 out of 5

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