17 July 2006

Book Banter -- The Star Fraction

Title: The Star Fraction
Author: Ken Macleod
Length: 320 pages
Genre: sci-fi
Plot Basics: Mercenary/security man Moh Kohn knows how to defend himself and how to survive in a computer-literate society. He's the son of the man who wrote the most revolutionary computer program ever. But the world is splintered between political factions of all kinds. And when he saves scientist Janis Taine, he's suddenly caught up in the struggle.
Banter Points: This book throws the reader right into a vision of the future and only provides snippets of the backstory along the way. Moh Kohn is a compelling character as well.
Bummer Points: ....um.... Word Nerd is still sketchy on exactly what happened in the plot. She thinks she knows, but she could be very wrong.
Word Nerd recommendation: If you like hard core futuristic sci-fi and don't mind a hefty dose of politics, this book is probably really good. It's the start of series though and Word Nerd's still debating whether she continues on after book 1.

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