I prefer Rankine's writing style over any other Space author. This book is one of my favorites -- fast paced, interesting, and last but not least, after many years and hundreds of space journies, Koenig and Russell finally get to go to bed together.
They do? Where is that in the story?
Although I enjoyed the story on the whole,Rankine's writing style is a little too formulaic for my liking.By that,I mean he tends to over use certain phrases.I think it's this book where he constantly refers to "Koenig's computer",meaning his brain(?),and he also refers to things making "a period".I take that to mean bringing something to a close.It did occur to me that Dr.Russell may have been a little mature for what they had in mind for her and Sandra,but I'm no gynaenocologist.
Rankin likes to describe human beings in computer or machine terms, which gets grating after awhile. He also uses many English euphemisms which don't translate to American readers. What for instance does Lombard Street to a china orange mean?
And yes Richard, Dr. H. was a little old for what they had in mind. She might have had one or two children, but probably no more than that
Isn't Rankine the one who keeps using the phrase "but there was no joy" over and over every time a character tries to use a piece of equipment that doesn't work?
That's the joyless one alright. And he does like to refer to people in terms of computers. It gets a little annoying. I think he needed a little more RAM in his own personal computer before he started writing this stuff.
And Barb, the bedroom scene is at the very end - something like "Koenig looked at her sleeping head." Which sounds corny too - only her head was sleeping? But her left kidney and spleen were wide awake? And there's a scene when they're in the complex and Koenig passes by her bedroom and stops to think about what she looks like in bed. Then his personal computer crashed....
How about "Earth Planet?" Why not just "Earth?" (I know, spoken like a true American, right?)
Some vehicle nits:
Halftracks aboard the Eagle? OK, I guess. After all that time in space, I suppose the ubiquitous Moon Buggies would be replaced now and then by something a little tougher.
Retractable landing pads on the Eagle? No problem there, either, since they've always looked retractable for atmospheric entry. (If I recall correctly, Brian Johnson had that idea in mind when designing the craft, but time and budget constraints worked against him.)
Retractable wheels on the Eagle? Ha, ha, ha, ha...uh, sorry. Rankine seems to have written himself into a corner by having the Eagle powerless in a field of acidic grass, and the wheels just seem like a plot convenience. On the other hand, perhaps his understanding of the Eagle was that it WOULD have such wheels, say for transport to and from hangers or something. Still, a little better explanation as to the wheels' sudden existence would have helped lessen their apparent contrivance.