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Score: 8.5/10  [1 review]
3 out of 5
ProdID: 987 - Banner of Souls
Written by Liz Williams

Banner of Souls
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$22.95
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April 2006
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In the far-distant future, a flooded and shattered Earth is governed by the iron hand of the Martian Matriarchy. Martian warrior Dreams-of-War is despatched to Earth to guard a young girl called Lunae from an unknown threat.

The clone of an extraordinary heritage, Lunae ages with unnatural speed, and has the talent of being able to alter time.

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Review by: tucker (Karl)
Dated: 3rd of June, 2006

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This Review Score:
Score 9 out of 10

Value for Money:
Score 8 out of 10
Level of Realism:
Score 8 out of 10
Rereadability:
Score 8 out of 10
Lose Track of Time:
Score 10 out of 10

Well, now this is really something. After reading another of Liz's books, Darkland I admit to being impressed with her ability to take a totally ficticious technology and wrap enough pseudo-science around it to make it quite plausible. It's a rare gift.

Though I must admit the degree Liz took nanotechnology, and combined it with super-scientific necroscopy, was a bit creepy and more than a little disturbing, but it did raise some interesting ideas for the colonisation of other planets. If we had the ability to create nanomachines that could *build* humans after a successful landing on another planet, we could build a fleet of smaller, more energy-efficient spacecraft, and since nanotech of this calibre wouldn't worry about taking a century to reach anywhere, we could still colonise any extra-solar planets with even the most minor degree of habitability.

Overall, though I found some of the story to be more than a little disturbing in places, I think it actually added to the whole feel of the book... dark, creepy, full of ghosts in various forms... so if you are looking for something with a bit of a bite, then you might like to consider this title... with all the power to thrill, this makes for some great wet-weather reading. Can't wait to see what else Liz puts out in the future, because if she can maintain this level of story, she has one, assured.

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