Incomprehensible Lemmed after 59 ages In a balkanized future of dizzying "possibilities mercenaries contend with guns as smart as they are nuclear "mercenaries contend with GUNS AS SMART AS THEY ARE as smart as they are is a commodity traded on the open market teenagers deal in theologically correct software for fundamentalists and anarchists have colonized a lane Star Fractions is a olitically imaginative account on "WHERE HIGH TECHNOLOGY CAN POTENTIALLY TAKE THE HUMAN RACE "high technology can otentially take the human race the near future If you re into olitics which I am you get to see olitical theory through the lens of an European writer Seeing things through that erspective makes it interesting enough for me The book drags a little but still somehow holds your attention due to MacLeod s skill for writing in a cyber The olitics treatment is dizzying and reuired freuent web searches to follow up on what the heck Ken was talking about The science fiction and reads like a thinly veiled olitical manifesto little character development some interesting ideas about AI and what not but after struggling through the first book decided to ut it aside may come back to it later but not likely Credit for a sophisticated treatment of olitical ideology in fractured futures including socialist and communist strains that you seldom see in sci fi outside of Robinson But as novels they don t don t hold up well for a few reasons There is a disappointingly unrealistic 4000 Meilen durch die USA: Meine Reise zu den großen Fragen des Lebens portrayal of all these exoticolitical systems so that you never really get a feel for the way that things actually work they feel like thought experiments than societies The characters are rather thinly drawn and their interactions often feel forced The dialogue is often clumsy with Interior Designs: An Adult Coloring Book with Beautifully Decorated Houses, Inspirational Room Designs, and Relaxing Modern Architecture pervasively didactic tone though in fairness all of the characters are ideologues and that is often how ideologues actually talk Perhaps it is just me but I found thelots somewhat difficult to follow especially at critical Gläsern points This book contains the first 2 novels in MacLeod s The Fall Revolution series The first one The Star Fraction is a near future cyberpunk ish story set in a balkanized version of the UK after WW III The second one The Stone Canal A Novel isartly set before the. In a balkanized future of dizzying ossibilities mercenaries contend with guns as smart as they are nuclear deterrence is a commodity traded on the open market teenagers deal. ,
First novel and Punishing My Slutty Little Sister partly far in the futureThe Star Fraction reminded me ofolitically focused early William Gibson novel but not in a good way Despite having been written 10 years after Neuromancer it somehow came across as dated Blood+: Russian Rose, Volume 2 probably at least inart because Gibson didn t know much about computers whereas MacLeod tried to drop in some then current computer terms and technologies "Which Now Seem Dated The Main Character Is Moh Kohn "now seem dated The main character is Moh Kohn security mercenary who accidentally obtains informationtechnology that could change the world Other characters are a scientist working on roscribed technology and a teenage kid escaping from a on roscribed technology and a teenage kid escaping from a religious enclave Expect lots of Friedrich Barbarossa (Gestalten Des Mittelalters Und Der Renaissance) (German Edition) political arguments and glimpses at the hard life of aolitical splinter group interrupted by the occasional action scene I barely felt any connection with any of the characters and at several oints almost stopped reading despite the fact that the future history MacLeod created is actually uite interestingThe Stone Canal A Novel alternates telling two stories the first one focusing on the life Jonathan Wilde showing glimpses of his life as a student in the 70 s 80 s and 90 s and the second one of his adventures on New Mars in the far future Once again expect a considerable amount of olitical discussions Fortunately Wilde is actually an interesting character making this second novel a enjoyable read Also reading his story uts the first book in erspective and explains a lot of the events that led up to the Fall Revolution leading me to think that it would actually make sense to read book 2 before book 1 However I thought the far future story set on New Mars was far less interesting and that the novel completely derailed towards the end I don t think I ll be reading the final two books in the series which are due to be re released by Tor as Divisions later this year Difficult to follow Very The Taste of Her Blood (A Lesbian Vampire Tale) political This was MacLeod s first book too ambitious for a beginning writer and it certainly shows The writing itself shifts between sentence fragments and overly complex rambling sentences that remind me of the 18th century Before I uit reading atage 50 he seemed to be. In theologically correct software for fundamentalists and anarchists have colonized a lanet circling another star Against this background men and women struggle for a better.
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Developing an society but the lots and opposing factions were uite complex and he was not a good enough writer to manage themI MIGHT have resevered a little longer if I had nothing else to read but my shelves and kindle collections are bulging with books that I am sure are better My SF group will be discussing this next week I ll see if they convince me to resume the reading Hmmmm I read this book because I know that Iain Banks asked Ken MacLeod to finish any of his unfinished writing before he died However the two "Really Do Not CompareWhere "do not compareWhere makes megaworlds and huge events and spaces believable I felt that MacLeod fell very short on that His worlds and ideas ARE huge but for me not believably enough so That was one of the major let downs However I read the book all the way through The main reason for this is that the ideas behind the Fall Revolution are very compelling the resurgence and emergence of socialist capitalist and anarchist elite who are able to transform their ideas into a New World Order where technology lays a central role in them being able to do so in the near future is understandable and frighteningly believable The first book within the book Who Is Gloria Steinem? puts down the basis of this idea but sometimes delved too murkily into theolitical theoretical depths this detracted from the interspersed action scenes of the main lot and contrasted too much with them to be a comfortable read This was corrected in the second book The Stone Canal which was written only a year later but was enjoyable At one oint I even thought I was getting into it especially as MacLeod had ut much intrigue and a really good backstory to some of the characters He also supplemented the societal and technological issues with uestions on self virtual reality and artificial intelligence But 10 ages from the end it suddenly seemed like he had a deadline to meet and rushed the end into incomprehension This ut me off MacLeod for a bit I may or may not indulge in the 3rd and 4th book just because of the olitical aspects but erhaps MacLeod should use his knowledge to write future history with less extreme science fiction elements. Future against the betrayals that went before Death is sometimes the end and sometimes something altogether differentThis volume comprises The Star Fraction and The Stone Cana.