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September 30th, 2010

September 30th, 2010
03:34 pm


Book review: The Revolution Business
Today's almost-pointlessly-delayed book review is The Revolution Business by Charles Stross.

This is book 5 the the Merchant Princess series.  Start at the beginning with The Clan Corporate if you mean to read these; it's very much one ongoing story in multiple volumes.  And this volume ends with a doozy of a cliffhanger.

This volume is definitely a continuation of the series: readers who've enjoyed the ride so far should continue to enjoy it; those who weren't won't find much new and different to bring them in.  Bigger and more complicated issues are taking hold.  Stross does take more explicit aim at how the US government operates with respect to terrorism and national security issues, and the nasty stuff seems all too likely to be true to life.  Times are becoming very interesting in multiple worlds, but it's also starting to show some signs that the world may be getting beyond the author's control.  Although it was exciting at the time, I finished it weeks ago, and I find that I don't remember the details of the plot too well.  This partly reflects that there's a whole lot going on, and partly that my memory is terrible, but I think it also reflects that it's not that good.

7 out of 10.

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