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Words of a sci-fi snob [Mar. 27th, 2006|01:22 am]
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So, Kare lent me Terry Pratchett's Dark Side of the Sun. To be honest, reading it I'm not that impressed.

Maybe I'm just a sci-fi novel snob (I was spoiled by my dad when it came to good sci-fi - he had a large collection of the stuff), but it's not that great. It reminds me a lot of asimov's foundation, mainly because of the references not unlike his excerpts from 'encyclopedia galactica', and Harry Harrison's stuff (he has good ideas especially about time travel and causality and future prediction) but with the coherence of Robert Sheckley on a half-decent day (Sheckley has great ideas, and when his work is coherent, it's great, but on other occasions, it's worse than even my thought processes... Pratchett is half-decent but is very jerky with his writing in this one).

In other words, Terry Pratchett should stick to fantasy/discworld.

[User Picture]From: abigailb
2006-03-27 11:11 am (UTC)
I've not read this, but did try reading Strata, which suffered similar wobbliness. In fairness, Dark Side of the Sun was only his 2nd published book, in 1976, and he's pretty much stuck to fantasy since the start of Discworld. :)
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