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The epitome of great space opera

Revelation Space - Alastair Reynolds

This is the sort of book that makes me glad that I participate in a book group, as I wouldn't otherwise have read this. It's a superb space opera, though it is nowhere as melodramatically silly as the label might suggest. And while Alastair Reynolds's scientific expertise contributes to the strengths of the novel, what makes it such an engaging read is his willingness to trust in the intelligence of the reader, both in his development of multiple storylines and his introduction of plot devices (such as the Melding Plague) without extended exposition, leaving the details to be pieced together over the course of the novel. Though it functions nicely as a stand-alone work, I finished the book eager to start the next novel in the series, which I hope will develop further the rich universe which Reynolds created.