Thursday, 24 January 2013
Review: The Gods and Their Machines
The Gods and Their Machines by Oisin McGann
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
The best thing about this book, by far, is the title. I couldn't bring myself to care about any of the characters, and as a result I didn't care about anything else. The politics of the war were far too simplistic, everybody was incredibly two-dimensional, and everything that happened felt like an attempt by the author to keep the story moving rather than a natural unfolding of the action. The exploration of racism/cultural prejudice was obvious and heavy-handed, and to add insult to injury the writing is pedestrian at best. I also have no idea why McGann chose to run the chapter numbers in reverse, as it adds nothing to the story but more confusion.
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