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Date: 2006-08-28 23:55
Subject: #50 John Brosnan: Mothership
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John Brosnan: Mothership

Paperback 304 pages (February 10, 2005)
Publisher: Gollancz
ISBN-10: 0575076275
Category(ies): SF

Brosnan is not one of the best known of SF writers, and having died just last year, he probably never will. But I'm fond of his work, such of it that is in print, and I enjoyed this one too.

It starts as apparent fantasy: Jed the (not very good) court jester is sent out with Prince Kender to discover what happened during the Day of Wonder when the tyrannical Elite disappeared. But you don't need to look at the back cover of this book to know that this isn't that type of book at all. In fact, the front cover is sufficient - the picture of a starship and the title are enough to tell you that it's one of that interesting genre of stories set aboard a generation ship most of whose inhabitants don't know it's a ship.

OK, there's nothing very deep here. But the depiction of the invaders (yes, Virginia, the Day of Wonder wasn't undiluted good news) is different, though once the characters know their shortcomings, they don't seem so threatening, more pathetic. And it's unexpected that the sappy love-triangle is broken by the female apex just taking off without warning. (Oh, and female apex is not exactly the nicest person, anyway, being more like Rider Haggard's Ayesha as it happens.)

But, in conclusion, good SF adventure with a few twists.
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