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3.3 out of 5 stars
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on 21 October 2016
Maybe not everyone's 'flask of rum' and a bit of me still hankers for the 'harder Sci Fi' of AR's earlier works where he was showing off his 'Rocket Scientist' chops.....BUT I have to say that he tells heist/detective yarns with a dark sci-fi edge with aplomb. I'm really enjoying it as a page turner and don't mind that the 'steampunk' thing has been done to death. And I don't even object to the borderline kitsch nautical dialect as some have pointed out....it all kind of works for me. On the downside the transformation of Fura from innocent suburban girl to intergalactic force of wrath and vengeance felt a bit rushed/artificial. But again, happy to forgive it and continue my enjoyment - and I do love the way AR can weave historical references with plausibe far-future scenarios to give new twist to well trod tropes...
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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!
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on 18 November 2016
There's definite potential here in terms of the broader setting, but the main characters seem to develop too quickly and unrealistically. Fura's father is very sloppily drawn, the idea that he would drug Fura to keep her as a child, is original but never plausibly explained.
It seems that Reynolds is continuing to avoid stereotypes (to his detriment) and "Fura the Feisty" will be welcomed by some, but I'm not sure I'll be following any more of her thrilling adventures.
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on 18 March 2017
A typical Reynolds - badasses doing cool stuff in space. This time with a pirate twang. Takes a while to get moving but then motors along. Wraps up many loose ends pleasingly
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on 26 January 2017
Loved it; looks like its going to be the first in a series I hope so looking forward to the next one
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on 30 October 2016
A very different type of science fiction from the excellent earlier novels from Alistair Reynolds. So different that it's as if this story was written by a different author.
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on 26 February 2017
Synopsis: An ambitious, worldly 18-year-old drags her naïve, congenial year-younger sister out on an adventure to serve on a spaceship in a universe where salvage ships compete to plunder caches of ancient technology when their surrounding protective bubbles periodically open. These ships navigate with the aid of communications via the found skulls of an alien race which died out millions of years before, which can only be operated by psychic “bone-readers”. Adventure, danger, and tragedy ensue.

What I thought: I really, really enjoyed this novel, and am looking forward to a sequel. The world-building here is rich and incredibly compelling. I want to read more about this universe full of mysterious, powerful artifacts. Locus put this novel in the YA category of their annual poll, which really surprised me. Yes, the two main characters are 17 and 18 years old at the start of the book — but it’s a much darker, edgier version of Becky Chambers' A Long Way to a Slow, Angry Planet, and I would definitely not consider it a “Young Adult” book. This novel is on my Hugo longlist for now.
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on 7 September 2017
Sailpunk, but in space. While the narrative voice of the main protagonist soon became blandly generic and non-teenage girl in tone, the story races along with never a dull moment, and the originality of the worldbuilding is just amazing. One of those books that, just by reading it, transports you to another world.
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on 26 March 2018
Loved the concept, liked the beginning. Hated the casual violence: it didn't even make sense why the "baddie" was so bad, and the slide towards uncaring violence in our protagonist was clumsy and 2-dimensional.
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