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The Mirrored Heavens by David J. Williams

01/10/2008. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts

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pub: Bantam Spectra. 409 page enlarged paperback. Price: $12.00 (US). ISBN: 978-0-553-38541-0).

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I have to confess to getting a little worried about any book's content when there is an emphasis on a reality's events timeline with the story sandwiched between. It tends to mean that the writer doesn't have the faith in the reader to pick up such things from the story. It can also mean that little of it is referenced in the story itself which unfortunately is the case with David J. Williams' 'The Mirrored Heavens'.

Most of the story is devoted to an attack on a space elevator by three characters out to stop an insurgence. There is little insight into the characters other than the jobs they do. In fact, I would question if they really know what they are doing in the first place.

There is no emotional content for the reader to connect to the characters so you don't really care for what they do or the risks involved. It might make for a great computer game but falls desperately short on being involved in the story or why it matters. You're just swept along from one battle to the next interspersed with pages of dialogue. The descriptive detail also tells you what they do but it's so clinical that its literally going through the moves.

I hate to do such a downer on a debut novel but whatever potential the editors see in Williams' work doesn't tend to convey here. However, if you like wall-to-wall action with characters going through the motions then you'd probably enjoy this book.

GF Willmetts

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