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Unashamedly enjoyable...familiar but with elements that give it a freshness
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 But again, happy to forgive it and continue my enjoyment - and I do love the way AR can weave historical references with plausibe far-future scenarios to give new twist to well trod tropes...