Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Review: Deabatable Space by Philip Palmer


Reading Debatable Space is akin to being shoved into a washing machine while tripping your brains out – it is such a wild ride that I still find myself amazed that I survived it! :-)

Take it from me (if you’d like :-) ), Philip Palmer is going to be regarded as one of the legends of SF. This book, as more and more people read it, is going to be held up as one of the most innovative SF novels to hit the shelves in years! This book sits well in the same company as Clarke’s Odyssey and Rama series, Ian MacDonald’s Necroville and Chaga, and Peter F Hamilton’s Night’s Dawn Trilogy. :-)

The story seems a bit off-beat once you start reading – Lena, someone very important, is captured and held hostage by a pirate captain and his crew. What’s at stake? Well, Lena’s (and our) sanity, and the fate of humankind, because the pirates are going to use Lena to strike at the Cheo, the tyrannical ruler of the Universe. And not how! :-)

This book deals with some incredible concepts (I’ll keep you in the dark, read the book!), takes us on through epic space battles, to distant and wonderful planets, with characters that grab you by the short and curlies and drag you along (and believe me, you’ll enjoy the experience) through one of the funniest and most hard-SF adventures you’ll ever read.

This is, without a doubt, one of the best SF books I’ve read in years, so go read it and agree with me! :-)

9/10

Many thanks to Philip for signing the copy for me (okay, okay, he had no idea I was going to get one, but the fact remains) and a huge thank you to Darren Turpin at Little Brown for getting the contest going on Facebook that led to this review (and the upcoming interview!), :-)

For more info on Philip and his work, check out his website here; join the Fan-page on Facebook here, and to buy the book, order here for US, here for UK, and for those in SA, please click the link at the top of the blog.

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