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|Hatman, the fridge
|Wednesday 26 July 2006
silightly on the cack side. is this the only review for this? If so, WHY?
|David Layton, Los Angeles, United States
|Saturday 24 May 2014
"The Suns of Caresh" is a peculiar novel. It reads as though the writer has not decided exactly what his story will be. The story involves some dodgy Time Lords, a crack in time, a binary star system, stellar manipulation, a sci-fi fan who gets his dream girl (sort of), and some giant killer insects. The problem for me was not that the plot is a bit of an all-sorts. It is that the plot moves along from incident to incident, crisis to crisis, without any sense that the characters are getting anywhere, so that by page 230 out of 280, there was no sense that the story was reaching a climax. The first 50 pages or so jump around from character to character and scene to scene confusingly, so that it is hard to keep track of who is who. Another problem was that the author was obviously hiding information (such as whose point of view a particular sequence is in, or delayed explanation of how a particular sequence turned out). This technique built irritation, at least for me, rather than suspense. It does have some things going for it. Jo Grant is portrayed as smart and independent, dependable even, which makes her character more interesting. Saint manages to create an interesting alternative human alien, with different sets of values and social practices. The Careshi are not written as one-dimensional, unlike so many Star Trek aliens. For me, reading this novel was a mixed experience.