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The Turning Paperback – Import, 2006
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Newell's creation of a world a few years down the road from ours evokes Tad Williams' Otherworld while giving a brand new and very intelligent take on the future. Not only do I highly recommend this to picky sci fi readers who want more from the genre, but I'm headed off to buy the next one right now.
Without spoiling the story (I hope), let me just say that the discussion of evolution and technology, or the evolution of technology, is becoming not only a pertinent but essential question as we move into the not-so-distant future. By presenting this topic in a novel, Mr. Newell gets us thinking ahead of our time without hurting our heads too much. Many thanks for sharing his generous humor and gifted writing with us. I'll be looking forward to more books by this author.
I found the book to have a profound message, and the subject matter really made me think. There were a few situations in the book that I initially thought were very cliche.. But, by the end of the book, they turned out to be important to the story and what drives the main character. So, it turned out to not be a tired cliche at all, but central to the novel.
I did not spot any major typos or editing issues. The novel is of professional quality. To any American readers: be advised that the author uses British spellings. So don't rake him over the coals and say he needs to run spell check. This is not the case. But, if this is the kind of thing that bothers you, you've been warned.
Overall, it's a good read, and I don't you will be disappointed.
I had a couple of other problems, but Newell does write with a certain amount of flair. However, his extracurricular reading tends to leave big footprints all over the page and that's not such a good look (see also Peter Watts et al, another good writer aspiring to be a lecturer).
By all means read this book, but please try not to believe it.