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The Broken God Machine Paperback – August 3, 2013
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All of that to say, this time around I am taking the time.
My only gripe with this book is that it was too short.
There I said it.
I picked it up, and could not put it down. My girlfriend now hates me because she was hungry and I didn't want to stop reading. You have to understand that this might be the highest compliment to a Sci-Fi book that has ever been made. My better half is very particular about food--some people can't stay up for too long, I can't read for more than a couple of hours before getting headaches, she can't deal with hunger. I made her wait for dinner. I. Made. Her. Wait. For. Dinner. The only reason why I'm not dead right now is that she is busy reading Chris' vampire trilogy.
I have to say, kidding aside, that this isn't exactly the type of sci-fi I'm used to. I'm more of a space, Star Trek, kind of girl. But the thing is that he story is compelling, the world is coherent, and there is depth to the characters. It's fast paced, and the expectations of the heroes are paralleled to the rhythm of the story, which is nice. Language and content again mesh in a brilliant scene where a computer (SPOILERS) talks slang to a bunch of what you'd basically call prehistoric men. The brilliant part of it is the fact that the computer uses slang and doesn't talk like boring computers, which at first surprised me, but then delighted me. That's a good example of what Chris' book does: it's surprising, and doesn't take the usual shortcuts.
And you know what? That's why I read it in one sitting.
But again, darn. WHY SO SHORT?
It's hard to say much more without spoiling things, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. Buecheler paces things quickly in most spots, slowing down occasionally to make sure we remember that there are actual characters involved. It's briskly paced and not needlessly long (not to mention affordable for the Kindle version) so it makes for a great read.