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Susannah J. Bell is a writer of science fiction and other strange and surreal works. She mostly writes novels and the occasional novelette. Her published works include A Doorway into Ultra, the Fleet Quintet and the Exodus Sequence. She lives in London in an attic flat but really wants to live in a tree. She wanted to be an astrophysicist but would settle for an alien abduction. She writes because she doesn’t know what to read.
on Aug. 04, 2018 :
Psychological science fiction with a space-opera background... and a ton of "romantic" interludes. Fans of the Vokosigan Series will like this.
This book is psychological science fiction, but has a space-opera feel to it which comes into focus later in the story. It also has a _ton_ of sex scenes, which is not usually my thing. But these tie in well with the metaphysical/psychic aspects of the story, and the manipulative main character (what a heartless bastard he is; you'll love him).
The strength of this work lies in the characters, who are realistic, uncertain, self-sabotaging. What a breath of fresh air from the usual hero, who is no more than his job title! There are some problems, I feel, with in scene Point of View shifts, that led me to distraction in the middle of the book. And after a while I got frustrated with the setting on the space station (it's all low tech). But I see enough good writing to keep going with the series.
I'm rounding up to 4 because the main characters were so realistically drawn (something I feel is lacking in most scifi) and because I see so much promise in this writer.
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)