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Year Zero

A Novel
Reid, Robert (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Year Zero


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Authors: Reid, Robert, 1965-
Title: Year zero
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Del Rey Ballantine Books,, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xii, 357 p. ;,22 cm
ISBN: 9780345534415
0345534417
Branch Call Number: FICTION
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Report This Sep 29, 2013
  • micahkolding rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

This book starts out with a reasonably clever hook, and then spends the rest of its pages utterly refusing to admit that there's just not much to it. Roughly a third of the book is devoted to explaining away obvious plot holes, another third is devoted to building an only-mildly-interesting universe, and the last third is interminable foot notes. Unfortunately, all of the aliens and sci-fi and attempts at humor that the book throws at us simply cannot disguise the fact that this is little more than a dry legal battle and a tirade about how the music industry is screwy. Plot points are brought up and cast aside; tension is introduced and quickly thwarted; eventually it feels like every other line is "At least we bought ourselves some time" until the unstimulated reader simply cannot care anymore. A note to the author: readers don't want to watch people "buying time" over and over again. They want to see problems and results, so that it doesn't feel like the bought time is being so bought at their expense.

Report This Jun 18, 2013
  • ayub rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A very good book well written and surprisingly very funny

...AND the inner workings of our absurdly dysfunctional LEGAL industry.

Description in review make it sound like a very funny book. Good cover illustration!

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