The Star Fraction by Ken MacLeod

June 19, 2004 at 12:00 am | Posted in 3 stars, Book Reviews, Science Fiction | Leave a comment

Don’t have a lot of say about this one. MacLeod is very popular in Internet SF circles, but the book was kind of flat for me. He’s a smart, inventive author who knows his way around the ideologies of the twentieth century. His extension of this into a projected future was alternately impressive and pedestrian. I find his society wildly implausible but I don’t hold that difference of opinion against the book. What I do hold against it is the way the characters, which are very solid for the first third to half of the book, totally fall off the turnip truck as the author jerks them around by their strings to follow the plot. The plot is decent and all in all it is a good cyberpunk novel. I’ll be reading more by MacLeod even if I’m not convinced he’s the second coming of Christ, or even Banks for that matter.

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