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    Memorable story, fresh setting

    The overture to Alastair Reynolds' Revelation Space universe, this novel begins with three distinct character arcs that convene in a voyage to the unknown edge of space - and the harbinger of a new and terrifying era for humanity. The technology and worlds are varied and in many cases quite distinct from the usual sci-fi tropes while still having a plausible reason for existing. Beyond that, the characters - an arrogant but brilliant archeologist, a computer simulation of his dead father, a lost soldier-assassin, and a crew of genetically-customised and treacherous voyagers - drive the story in interesting and often unpredictable ways. Revelation Space is not always an easy novel to read. It is Alastair Reynolds' first novel and is a little heavier going than his sequels. The non-linear storylines at the beginning might be a bit confusing for some readers, and the sheer alienness of the technology requires close attention to the details. That said, the richness of the setting and characters, plus the epic climax, make the effort worthwhile.
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    Mediocre

    I found this a rather mediocre book. It has a lot of text, but not a lot is happening and the ending feels like it was constructed to enable another sequel rather than surprising me with some unexpected discovery.
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    Revelation Space

    A good story but predictable in places.
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    Great story

    Bought for a deal at £0.99 and very much enjoyed it. Story isn't told in a straightforward, linear narrative, with the focus switching back and forth and between different characters. Lots of universe-building detail. Next book going on my wish list
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    Move over Mr. Hamilton.

    I'm a nuts and bolts (ScI-fi), not a leaf (Fantasy) reader, except for contemporary urban wizarding and so forth by the likes of Kate Griffin and Mr Gaimen, so Alistair Reynolds's Revelation Space has brought me back to space opera in fine style, makes me compre reading it to the joy and compulsiveness of the Void and Nights Dawn trilogy by Peter F Hamilton.
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