Tag Archives: 2/5 Stars

Review: The Crooked Letter by Sean Williams

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The Crooked Letter by Sean Williams
2006, Pyr

Review Summary: Williams’s The Crooked Letter suffers from his choice of main characters, a pair of “mirror” twins who are so selfish, introverted, and shallow that the novel never fully recovers even as one of the twins begins to make some strides towards becoming a responsible, interesting human being.

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Review: Black Sun Rising by C.S. Friedman

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Black Sun Rising by C.S. Friedman
1991, DAW

Review Summary: The author lays down the potential for a fascinating world, but in my opinion she really needed to settle down and focus on the potential richness in the here and now of the novel, rather than rushing through it so that she could push her hero and anti-hero on to the next set of adventures.
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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: River of Gods by Ian McDonald

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River of Gods by Ian McDonald
2006, Pyr

Review Summary: It started out well but quickly devolved into a rotating series of chapters following an overly-large cast of characters, all of which were well-drawn, but none of which was individually very gripping. Taken altogether, the novel was actually kind of lame, with both too much and too little occurring over too many pages.

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