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Slow Bullets From the author of the Revelation Space series comes an interstellar adventure of war identity betrayal and the preservation of civilization itselfA vast conflict one that has encompassed hundreds of worlds and solar systems appears to be finally at an end A conscripted soldier is beginning to consider her life after the war and the family she has left behind But for Scur—and for humanity—peace is not to beOn the brink of the ceasefire Scur is captured by a renegade war criminal and left for dead in the ruins of a bunker She revives aboard a prisoner transport vessel Something has gone terribly wrong with the shipPassengers—combatants from both sides of the war—are waking up from hibernation far too soon Their memories embedded in bullets are the only links to a world which is no longer recognizable And Scur will be reacuainted with her old enemy but with much higher stakes than just her own life 4 Stars Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds is a fantastic little slice of what one of my favorite authors is all about This easy read novella touches on many of the areas that make Reynolds such a great writer This is a science fiction story that is lean on the math and physics making it very accessible to new readers This is not a hard science story like much of what Reynolds writesSlow Bullets is a story about a spaceship filled with war criminals that finds itself wrecked in a place that they did not expect I am glad that I didn't read any spoilers in others reviews as this survival story is much better experienced not knowing what is going to happen Scur is likable and easy to identify with as is Prad The Slow Bullets are a cool concept I also liked the world building that we were treated to it is classic ReynoldsMy only gripe with this book was that it was too short It would probably make for a full length novel Be that may this novella has everything to make it a complete read and a good one I love Alastair Reynolds and this is a worthy read Alastair Reynolds best known for his brilliant Revelation Space series published Slow Bullets in 2015Something of a departure this is still a tense intelligent space thriller Told with wit and raw emotion Reynolds uses an omnipresent dramatic tension to enhance his minimalistic narrationThe novel opens as an epic space war is concluding The ceasefire has been called but some sporadic fighting continues and the protagonist Scur finds herself behind enemy lines and at the mercy of a known war criminalThe story hard cuts to Scur as she awakens from deep hibernation aboard a spaceship A crewmember explains that the vessel is carrying combatants from both sides and the craft a luxury liner converted for the military has experienced navigational problems and other problemsReynolds does a better than average job conveying a sense of desperation while also maintaining a survivalist conflict He also explores themes of isolation loyalty justice and humanityA good read A free copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review If you're into stuff like this you can read the full reviewReynolds in Character Driven Mode Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds Fiction is fashioned from the stuff of people’s lives and yet the characters in SF are seldom full fledged people Most of time they become stand ins for a creed an attitude or a way of life This is the crux of the matter when it comes to good SF It lies at the forefront on why SF has so often been dismissed as sub literary Why is that so Traditional fiction is mainly concerned with character It reveals character by putting emphasis in its development its critical moments of awareness its recognition of self It reveals character through its duality on life and processes Mundane fiction’s purpose on the other hand is for us to marvel at the complexity of human nature This is the first time I’m reviewing one of his worksThe rest of this review can be found elsewhere NB SF Speculative Fiction Read as part of the Hugo Voters' PacketAnd I think this one is creeping up past 'Penric's Demon' to get my vote A vicious interstellar conflict is coming to an end A ceasefire has been announced Unfortunately for one soldier the enemy who's captured her is infamous for his brutality and he couldn't care less that hostilities are officially over Scur fully expects to be tortured to deathUnexpectedly however she awakes from coldsleep aboard a transport ship A panicked crewmember lets her know that it was relocating a full component of mainly war criminals but that something has gone wrong They don't know where they are or how much time has passed With brutal 'dregs' from both sides of the war awakening to an uncertain situation chaos is imminent unless Scur can seize the opportunity and get all the survivors to pull togetherVery nicely done well drawn setting some good plot twists excellent pacing The story bears some definite similarities to Sean Danker's 'Admiral' I'd definitely recommend the one for fans of the other I liked both

  • Kindle Edition
  • 192 pages
  • Slow Bullets
  • Alastair Reynolds
  • English
  • 03 June 2014

About the Author: Alastair Reynolds

I'm Al now a Goodreads author I used to be a space scientist and now I'm a writer although for a time the two careers ran in parallel I started off publishing short stories in the British SF magazine Interzone in the early 90s then eventually branched into novels I write about a novel a year and try to write a few short stories as well Some of my books and stories are set in a consistent f


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