Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds

Discussion in 'Alastair Reynolds' started by Boreas, Jun 18, 2015.

  1. Boreas

    Boreas n log(log n) Staff Member

    Just read this short work by Reynolds. Absolutely loved it and it confirms why Reynolds is one my favourite science fiction authors. My only disappointment, that it wasn't a longer novel so that some of the big ideas he introduced could be fleshed our properly. Still, the story gets an A from me. In terms of a numerical value, a solid 4/5. Review here.

    Now I need to get to his latest trilogy, the last volume of which was also released recently.
     
  2. Tiran

    Tiran Well-Known Member

    Not to be a wet blanket, I found Slow Bullets to be Reynold's worst novel (I have not read Revenger, but most everything else). The titular technology seemed absurd and the story didn't do anything for me. It seemed like something he wrote while still figuring out his craft.

    I have a lot of respect for Reynolds, but some his novels really show the limitations of his ability to write compelling characters and dialogue. Elysium Fire also seemed really clumsy compared to the Revelation Space novels it is based on, which are among his best works along with Pushing Ice and House of Suns.
     

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