Distinctive, politically challenging, both tantalizing and satisfying
Rarely does a book demand so much of the reader-and then deliver.
For my money, Ken MacLeod is the current champion of the very smartest kind of New Space Opera... every variation on his themes produces something worth re-reading.
MacLeod's inventiveness, verbal playfulness, and bloody-minded irony never flag for a moment.
Ken's books are always a delight to read ...I heartily recommend the entire series to anyone who has not yet begun them. As anyone who has read Ken's earlier work, such as the STAR FRACTION or the CASSINI DIVISION will know he creates excellent novels full of SF for the more demanding reader, venturing into the effects of new technologies and ideological and political ways of thinking, elevating the novels way above the normal 'space opera