- Publisher: Orbit (April 2, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1841496480
- ISBN-13: 978-1841496481
- Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 1 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,292,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Night Sessions Paperback – April 2, 2009
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The crime whodunit plot unfolds in a style a little like Peter Hamilton's Greg Mandel series and reminds me of how differently some Brits (and Scots) write crime. The novel has strong characterisation, plot and exploits its Edinburgh setting well. I'll be reading more of MacLeod.
The story is a detective story/science fiction cross over. I enjoyed the Scottish police procedural. It very much reminded me of Charles Stross's "Halting State" or "Rule 34". I particularly like the Watson-like (Sherlock's partner) sentient robot, "Skulk". Of the many characters, many were interesting. However I never understood the antagonist.
Unfortunately the world- building broke-down for me. I would think a large population of sentient robots would have a larger effect on the world than they did. And frankly, I could not suspend belief enough for them to 'find religion', much less religious fanaticism.
So, as a futuristic police procedural, I think the story was a success. As a commentary on religion, it was less successful.
Although The Night Sessions is ostensibly a whodunnit (and a gripping one at that), the background social commentary and political speculation are quite interesting and make up most of the fun. But the best part is probably the brilliantly depicted interaction between the human and robotic characters, which sometimes I found quite touching. They are all just people, you know.