by Paul McAuley
Review by John Berlyne
Simon & Schuster (Trade Division) Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 0743238877
Date: 05 September, 2005 List Price £12.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
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Paul McAuley's recent novel output has been consistently strong and noticably bold of late. With his sharply observed near-future science based thrillers, he has carved himself a very respectable and highly respected niche in the marketplace - certainly here in the UK at least. Elsewhere this is ground covered (if not swamped) by Michael Crichton above all others, but to my mind McAuley is a much sharper and classier writer, one less inclined to those glitzy Hollywood moments that cause me to suspect that Crichton works on his stories with two computers on his desk - one for the novel and one for the (already sold) screenplay. That is not to say that McAuley's work wouldn't make for great movie versions - undoubtedly it would, but the point here is that McAuley's novels are conceived and intended as novels and it is this undistracted approach which give his novels the edge over many of his contemporaries.
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