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Book Title: Polystom: Two Universes in One Reality|
The author of the book: Adam Roberts
Date of issue: July 1st 2004
ISBN 13: 9780575075412
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 4.7
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Hmmm. This was a strange one, and in the end a little unsatisfying. It starts with a great idea- that there is an atmosphere between the planets of a solar system, and that people can fly propeller planes between them. The system is run on a feudal sort of model and there is a war going on where the serf types have risen up against the rulers of one of the inner worlds.
Adam Roberts is a diva of interesting ideas and cool concepts (see his book Stone for a great example) Unfortunately the main character of Polystom is an unlikable dick, and the story moves from the interesting air-linked feudal worlds to what is essentially an extended world-war-one-in-the-trenches narrative which, while engaging, is not as compelling. Added to this the final reveal and justification for the strange physics of Polystom's universe - which I won't spoil here - is a fairly old idea which left me a little cold.
Sigh. This is the third or fourth book I've read in a row, by an author whose other works I've loved, that has been a middling three stars. I'm getting deja vu from typing 'this isn't as good as (insert author)'s other book (insert title). For this one Polystom isn't as interesting as Salt, or as good as Stone, which is my favorite of Adam Robert's works.
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Adam Roberts (born 1965) is an academic, critic and novelist. He also writes parodies under the pseudonyms of A.R.R.R. Roberts, A3R Roberts and Don Brine. He also blogs at The Valve, a group blog devoted to literature and cultural studies.
He has a degree in English from the University of Aberdeen and a PhD from Cambridge University on Robert Browning and the Classics. He teaches English literature and creative writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. Adam Roberts has been nominated twice for the Arthur C. Clarke Award: in 2001, for his debut novel, Salt, and in 2007, for Gradisil.
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