The Prefect (Revelation Space) [Alastair Reynolds] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Critically-acclaimed author Alastair Reynolds creates. With his latest novel Alastair Reynolds has, not for the first time, produced a For me, at least, The Prefect was a make-or-break book and. The seventh novel set in Reynolds’s Revelation Space milieu (most recently encountered in his collection Galactic North) is a fascinating.

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A very enjoyable book! Very early on, one of the prefects seems to have another agenda.

The Prefect

With his latest novel Alastair Reynolds has, not for the first time, produced a curate’s egg. Reynolds reynols not pretend to be a literary writer but I always like his clean prose style and believable dialogue.

The security force alasttair restricted in their actions at key points of the story as the need for public voting is accounted for. The Prefects however have the use of this great high tech versatile weapon known as the whiphound.

Will definitely give book 2 a shot.

Aumonier, now back renolds power, refuses and orders Panoply to ready for war. There are space fights and explorations. The start was excellent with the build up and the world building as well as the crime or issue that arises.

Definitely not the best of Reynolds. I liked her, but her storyline didn’t grip me like Tom’s.

Panoply is the police force for the Glitter Band. Most are based in the same fictional universe and timeline, but each prefwct worthy independent works. Mar 26, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: Hamilton is also keen on mixing the detective story with the science fiction thriller – is a new sub-genre forming?

If you’re into SF, read on.

The Prefect (Revelation Space, book 5) by Alastair Reynolds

The last pages I could barely put the book down. Tom Dreyfus is a prefect, part of a special police organization, Panoply, that ensures polling is accessible and fair across the Glitter Band, as well as abstraction – a vaguely defined term that covers any sort of digital communication, manipulation, etc.


Not to give too many plot details away, there’s an easy blame on one group of individuals, when in reality Tom realizes the true culprit is far more complex and nefarious. A murderous attack against a Glitter Band habitat is nasty, but it looks to be an open-and-shut case – until Dreyf Tom Dreyfus is a Prefect, a policeman of sorts, and one of the best.

There are a few principles they all mu Yeah, I’m a fan. The story lost focus and even began to wear a little thin out at the edges as he shifted from place to place, view to view, and character to character. At the same time, Thalia has distributed the software upgrade to the required four habitats across the glitter band, but it appears to be malfunctioning; information access is shut down in the habitats she has visited, and servitors service robots used across the glitter band are rounding up and exterminating civilians.

Reynolds has without doubt become one of my favourite authors. However, since this is his seventh novel and he is now deep into his career this particular egg must surely mark the point where we have to finally accept that he is probably never going to write the great novel that a lot of people myself included thought he had in him.

Like any good power offense it has its subtleties and complexities. The book is about [insert short, hopefully engaging summary of the story here. It all adds to the suspense. Preview — The Prefect by Alastair Reynolds. In this story, the Glitter Band a demarchist society of 10, habitats orbiting Yellowstone still has not turned into the Rust Belt of the later books.

The Band is described as a democratic anarchy. Other people may not enjoy some things about this book, or even not enjoy it at all, but that is very much their problem.


In this one I went from 4 stars down to 3 stars reyholds then back to 4. Come on, that’s just unrealist It was decent and entertaining.

And shortly after that point, the final showdown began, and the book started prefetc towards its finish line. So ultimately, I would recommend this novel to anyone who’s read the other Revelation Space novels because it does fill in some of the back story on the Glitter Band, but anyone who has never tried Reynolds before would be much better off starting with the original trilogy Revelation Space, Redemption Ark, prefcet Absolution Gapwhich has much more impressive hard SF imaginings I miss the Nostalgia for Infinity!

The Prefect (Prefect Dreyfus Emergency, #1) by Alastair Reynolds

But, it had some problems in the character department. Mani Podcast read by: Always an advantage with this kind of hard ish sci-fi.

What it really does, of course, is allow me as a reader to explore, and visit a broad variety of quite different environs. October 2, at 4: All material in Strange Horizons is copyrighted to the original authors and may not be reproduced without permission. About half way through writing his books, he seems to get BORED with them, and then just stumbles along.

The characterization was shoddy through the opening act — the only female viewpoint character, Thalia Ng, was also the only character who seemed to feel any emotion at all, and as she was mainly nervous and afraid her emotions undercut my respect for her as a prefect — especially as the other prefects whose viewpoints Reynolds showed all appeared calm, cool, collected, and totally in control. It is, in essence, a space-police-detective novel.