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Tade Thompson

Author of Rosewater

19+ Works 2,578 Members 134 Reviews 4 Favorited

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AfroSF: Science Fiction by African Writers (2012) — Contributor — 96 copies
The Apex Book of World SF 2 (2012) — Contributor — 84 copies
The Best of World SF: Volume 1 (2021) — Contributor — 75 copies
In Morningstar's Shadow (2015) — Cover artist, some editions — 55 copies
The Book of Witches: An Anthology (2023) — Contributor — 54 copies
Steampunk World (2014) — Contributor — 46 copies
Best of British Fantasy 2018 (2019) — Contributor — 32 copies
Creatures: The Legacy of Frankenstein (2018) — Contributor — 30 copies
Best of British Science Fiction 2016 (2017) — Contributor — 29 copies
AfroSFv2 (2015) — Contributor — 20 copies
Dangerous Games (2014) — Contributor — 15 copies
African Monsters: Volume 2 (2015) — Contributor — 13 copies
Avatars Inc (2020) — Contributor — 13 copies
Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of Imagination (2022) — Interviewee — 13 copies
Myriad Lands: Volume 1: Around the World (2016) — Contributor — 8 copies
Interzone 266 (2016) — Contributor — 6 copies
Come Join Us by the Fire Season 2 (2020) — Contributor — 5 copies
Into The Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction (2017) — Contributor — 5 copies
BSFA Awards 2017 (2018) — Author — 2 copies
BSFA Awards 2019 (2020) — Author — 2 copies

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I've loved everything else I've read by Thompson, so the fact that it too me two goes to get through this, and I didn't really enjoy it was a bit of a surprise.

Of the good: the world-building is fabulous, the characters are varied and complex. Of the not so good: there is too much going on, and the writing didn't sell this to me as a coherent story. I felt that the story line relating to the Lagos Station came adrift partway through the story, and found it distracting.

Also, I wasn't expecting something so grimly dark -- it would be a great disaster movie, but a lot of the description was more baffling than enlightening. Some of the ending sections were unclear - there were characters that appeared to just be dropped into and out of the story, and while there was significant lipservice to potential environmental disaster, that story line seemed to be abandoned once the story made it to the planet surface.

For a 'sinister mystery', as touted on the back of the book, I found the character motivations unconvincing, the solution of the mystery hand-waved, and the consequences opaque.
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fred_mouse | 16 other reviews | Jan 3, 2024 |
Interesting. A shame it's not longer. It has an intriguing concept, nicely worked out and pleasant to read. I thought the ending was a bit abrupt. Basically, I would have liked it to be longer with the ending worked out in a much detail as the beginning.
 
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zjakkelien | 27 other reviews | Jan 2, 2024 |
Nice addition to novella 1. Again, the story is short, and I wouldn't have minded if it was longer...
 
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zjakkelien | 11 other reviews | Jan 2, 2024 |
It could have been a much better book. The premise is great, the concepts are cool and interesting. The writing is very good throughout. Now, let's talk about all my BUTs:
- Flat, uninteresting characters - because they never have the time to grow, and it's all tell, not show.
- Insufficient world-building. I came away knowing and understanding very little about this universe, with more questions than answers. All the chapters set on Logos station felt unnecessary and dull.
- Too many POV's, too many plot threads making the story too convoluted for its own good, backstories that did not add anything important to the narrative.
- The solution to the mystery was underwhelming, to say the least. Brisbane had no agency, neither in his backstory, nor after. The "let's criticise capitalism and crazy billionaires going to space" storyline came out of nowhere - and destroyed the book. (Not that I mind said critique...)
- Too many rogue AI:s...

I'm glad it was a fast read ;)

P.S. I did like the wolf.
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Alexandra_book_life | 16 other reviews | Dec 15, 2023 |

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