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Slabscape: Reset Paperback – March 1, 2011
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The ship is a massive vessel more than a thousand kilometres in length housing over thirty two million humans.
While I found this story to be intriguing, I had two major problems with it. First was the method of re-integrating Dielle into society. There was almost no protocol for doing this even though the technology has been in use for well over 300 years. He was released from the hospital totally unprepared to live in the current society. A recipe for disaster.
Second, I found it surprising that Kiki, Dielle's love interest, was allowed access to such a high priority Reset. She had minimal nursing experience, yet she was allowed to care for one of the most prestigious men on the entire ship. Doesn't sound likely.
Once I could get over these issues, I did find the story worth reading. The concept of the ship and how it worked is what kept my attention. I glazed over the parts where the author strayed off on a tangent that really had nothing to do with advancing the plot. The story moved rather slowly at the beginning, but got better as it progressed. By the half way point, I was actually looking forward to my reading time.
The story continues in Slabscape : Dammit
I liked it a lot. It was funny.
Yeah it does show its Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy ancestry, especially with the the slabscapedia, but I won't hold it against it.
So, what did I like?
When I had wifi, the slabscapedia.
Dielle and Louie were a hoot, especially Louie as he demonstrated he was cleverer than everyone around him - and occasionally himself. Dielle was fun for the innocence paired with a level of hormones that would trouble a teenager. He made a great viewpoint character and to be honest, I liked him more than Louie, but Louie began to grow on me.
Then there was the Slab (aka Joint Earth Council Space Vehicle Galactic Conveyor ISS.001.000.0001) itself... a big dumb object that's pretty smart. Smart enough to have issues ...
Then there is the world building. Yes, the author is trying to be funny (matter transmission based on the disappearance of socks from the washer/dryer), but he seems to know where to stop. The world he describes is a fun house mirror, and I have no idea if it will age well, but its recognizable and the world building induced a few chuckles.
Now, one thing I do disagree with Mr. Baker on - footnotes. If the Foglios can make it work with the Girl Genius series, he can make it work here. Because when I was on the bus and without wifi, i couldn't look things up. And browsing on a Kindle Paperwhite is _s_l_o_w_.
Still, even though I disagree with that one thing, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and will buy the sequels.
I was a little bit disappointment about the outcome of the war, but it was a nice twist.
my fav sub-genre is first contact war military sci-fi so that probably gives you an idea of where i'm coming from.
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