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An interesting story set in an exotic universe
on 25 October 2016
"Revenger" is, thankfully, a linear narrative with a storyline that is strong enough to keep me wanting to know what was going to happen next.
There's a bit of a 'Treasure Island' theme, a bit of a 'Moby Dick' theme, and I'm sure bits of other themes that had a touch of familiarity to them, but all woven together in a fascinating way.
The story begins on a world and ends in deep space, with a rollicking tale connecting those two points. The Universe that it is set in is alien, but with many familiar touches. It is never explained, but it is described in enough detail to be quite plausible and to make sense in terms of the story....... as well as a lot of things to think about. There are enough novel ideas in it to spin of a whole series of stories (but I don't think that in Reynolds intention).
In terms of Alistair Reynolds work - it's not up to his best writing (so only 4 stars) but nonetheless it is very good and very readable!