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Review: The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks

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The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks
2005, Night Shade Books

Review Summary: Overall The Algebraist is disappointing in that it fails to live up to the effort it took to continue reading on, and on, and on through the lack of any interesting forward progress, but there are a handful of ideas throughout the novel that keep it from being a complete waste of energy.
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Review: Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

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Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
2005, Tor

Review Summary:¬†Its hard to say, and hard to justify why I enjoyed this novel so much, despite the unimaginative use of Heinlein’s formula (right down to the weak, vague ending). The elements, I suppose, really fired off my imagination as I was reading it, and the main character’s dry sense of humor appealed to me more than Heinlein’s – these two things make it a good read, whereas it could have – with some work – become a great read.

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