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Visionary

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-06-13

The work of an incredible imagination, with many-layered, relevant themes. I haven't seen enough good sci-fi that is also filled with vivid emotions and characters. Compared to "All the Birds In the Sky," I think this one is more "telly" - there are long passages telling you in the abstract about characters' feelings and motivations, instead of characterizing them through actions. But if you're like me, you'll find the prose poetic enough that you won't mind too much. If a moment feels cliche, press on, it doesn't turn out how you think.

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inspired, but uneven

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-05-08

the conception of magic is even more captivating and ingenious than "spinning silver", but it becomes more downplayed as the plot gains unwieldy complexity and becomes hard to understand. the narrator conveys passion and conviction, but also reads with an uneven rhythm that makes some sentences hard to follow. "spinning silver" is more coherent, but this book contains certain passages that achieve transcendence in their vivid, synesthetic description of how magic feels to use.

Worthy followup

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-03-04

The plot didn't make quite as much sense to me as Cuckoo's Calling, but still a powerful, interesting book with really well drawn characters, and Glenister's best performance yet.

The work of a master

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-02-11

Vivid, interesting characters and an intricate plot. Genuine suspense. The narrator is very talented and inhabits all the characters effectively and affectingly.

Flabbergasting, well written, important

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-05-15

When you feel a little lost about the economics in the middle, stick with it anyway. You will still get the essence of the book, which an uncommonly clear picture of the struggle of our times.