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Machine Vendetta: 3 (The Prefect Dreyfus Emergencies)

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What I think appeals to me most about science fiction as a genre is that there is no shortage of stories or imagination. Others may feel the problems to be of greater severity, but unlike the previous books there wasn't anything here that lessened my enjoyment. Four years after the events of Elysium Fire, the relationship between Panoply and some of the habitats in the Glitter Band has deteriorated since we last visited.

Although this is the third book in the Prefect Dreyfus series, and I had not read the previous books, I found "Machine Vendetta" to be perfectly readable, understandable, and highly enjoyable. Elysium Fire is a tremendously assured read, a fast-paced page-turner that delivers a well thought out story and characters you'll come to care about.The big concepts and complex story effectively pull readers into intriguing speculation about human identity and potential.

It wasn’t a great resolution, not even as good as the rest of the book, but acceptable all things considered. The Panoply is small in number, and at this time low in popularity due to the actions of one agent in an attack on a floating city that lead to many deaths. For those who have followed this series it is not a spoiler to say that rogue AI machines are the bete noire of the series. The characters are all fully realized and it is great fun to catch up with some of the long standing themes, beings and storylines.I'm getting a little jaded on evil AI stories, but Reynolds has a different approach that is intriguing. They're present here, but I think for first time Reynolds has a scene where he acknowledges and intervenes with the identity issues because he knows you're speculating about the identity of a character. As with the the other Alastair Reynolds space opera novels I have read, this was quite entertaining and was just what I needed. This is not something Aurora will forget and is prepared to use Dreyfus’s sick wife as a means of getting Dreyfus to do what she wants.

I did find however that reading about the familiar characters and setting made it not as impactful as say, his recent book Eversion.So why did she walk alone and unarmed into a habitat with a vicious grudge against her organization? Usually when a book follows up from events that occurred it's something that happened in previous books. These characters seem real and lived in, with lives outside their jobs, different ways of approaching problems, and each other.

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