Hard boiled pseudo-Lovecraftian noir science fiction with squishy (and doomed, of course) romantic bits.
him--hanging upside down on the wall, in fact--and experiences a woozy shudder of vertigo. Two ships passing in the night, Ray thinks, then gets his balls firmly in hand and humps it the rest of the way until he has the rat's nose pressed against the top of his head.
The nose is cold, which is what he would expect from a robotic multi-function sensor drone encased in a pseudo-metallic fiber carapace. If the casual observer somehow neglected to notice the rat was constructed entirely from non-organic materials, he or she might be struck by how rat-like the rat was--the expected chubby rat body, the long rat face, the coiled and icky rat tail. Even the delicately clawed and prehensile paws were rattish. Ray didn't know if this extreme mimicry had been aesthetic or functional, only that it was a little creepy in a hip sort of way.
At this moment, the rat is doing a big bunch of nothing except hanging on the wall.
"What's the matter with you, then?" Ray says.
At the sound of his voice
The first half is well written and would appeal to both horror and military SF fans. I thought the second half had lengths, as the end is quite predictable and contains a bit too much mysticism for my taste. As it's a big work, I'd recommend it for the first half alone. All in all, the best at manybooks from this author.
I can't believe I am the first to review this. What the hell are you guys thinking, this book kicks ass!
Such a great toy to take out an play with, I liked the length because I was immersed, and would have been frustrated if it wasn't some epic length. The in depth mixture of spirituality Agnostic / Religious buggery and serious futurism was really nice. Dark and doomed but still palatable for me. Only small critiques would be; I could have dealt with Marlowe being a bit less self deprecating and some of the finale was a bit confusing as far as the action and intent of all the characters. (finished it very late at night so it could have easily been me)
I genuinely enjoyed this and am looking forward to reading Agnosis.