So, up front, I will say I only read half of this book, the first half or just over. I had high hopes after reading the Quantum Gravity series some years back. But this read as though the author assumed you knew the characters and world they were living in. Consequently, this left me wondering what was going on and not really following the plot. I also felt that large sections were just random words written by a computer program rather than a person, there was a bit of a disconnect in the sentences that led me to not care about the plot or characters.
I may return to this book after a while and have another go, but as it stands at present, I couldn't be bothered with it. Sorry, really I am....
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Socially conscious SF with a blistering thriller plot - Sci-Fi NowAs bloody minded about entertainment as it is about deep thoughts, and it's all done with Robson's characteristic verve. The plot is a zippy confection of double crosses and action scenes, and the dialogue is beautifully snappy. - SFXThe Glorious Angels is an outstanding piece of work that requires a lot from the reader. But what they receive in return is glorious indeed - Starburst MagazineAn intriguing tale of war, internecine politics and ancient technologies - The Financial TimesThe Glorious Angels is an outstanding piece of work that requires a lot from the reader. But what they receive in return is glorious indeed - Starburst MagazineAn intriguing tale of war, internecine politics and ancient technologies [GLORIOUS ANGELS review] - The Financial TimesThe work of a smart and sexy novelist having smart and sexy fun [KEEPING IT REAL review] - LocusIt's a slow-burner of a novel, beautifully written, and Robson drip-feeds the world-building and the various plot-strands at a stately pace that picks up to become a taut thriller swimming in high concepts [GLORIOUS ANGELS] - Independent --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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Justina Robson is an Arthur C. Clarke shortlisted author of nine SF novels, including the highly regarded Quantum Gravity series, and was one of the first writers to win amazon.co.uk's Writer's Bursary. Based in Leeds, she's won multiple international awards and is a sought-after creative writing teacher who has taught at Clarion and the Avon Foundation.You can learn more at justinarobson.co.uk or by following @JustinaRobson on twitter. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B01F44OE8U
- Publisher : Gollancz (18 May 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 1318 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 368 pages
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A. S. Thurley-Ratcliff
Surprising. Not like her other novels.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 March 2019
It starts in one place and ends in many others! Very satisfying although one or two spots where the reflective writing is a bit overly heavily philosophical. But keep on through to the end - fun and unexpected.
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I Heart Books
I was looking for a fun sci-fi read but while Switch started well it really ...Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 September 2017
I admit, I really struggled with this one. I was looking for a fun sci-fi read but while Switch started well it really got bogged down with plots and counter-plots, and seemed to fall in love with the idea of itself in a way that made it confusing. In the end, I read for enjoyment and I just couldn't finish it.
John G. Bennett
not my favorite of Robson'sReviewed in the United States on 18 March 2019
I just could not get into this. It sticks pretty much to one character, jumping around in time a bit, but the character does not hold my interest like some others she has created. I got about half way through and stopped. As usual, Robson has some really interesting ideas and the story sparkles in places, the occasional deep insights.
Fun and interestingReviewed in the United States on 14 November 2018
I always love Justina Robson's writing. Although I'm still a bigger fan of her Quantum Gravity series than this book, it's an inventive world with engaging characters and excellent writing.