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Code Noir, by Marianne de Pierres Book Review | SFReader.com
Code Noir, by Marianne de Pierres Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Roc Published: 2006 Review Posted: 7/2/2013 Reviewer Rating:
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Code Noir, by Marianne de Pierres
Book Review by SJ Higbee
Have you read this book?
It took me a while to get into this cyberpunk thriller, partly because
it is the second in the series and I haven't read the first book. With
no Story So Far, I found it difficult to get my bearings as de Pierres
clearly expected those of us reading Code Noir to have already read the first book.
The other issue is that the pace is breathless. So much so, that it
took some time before I warmed to Parrish, which is unusual because I'm
generally a real sucker for your gutsy, tough-but-misunderstood-heroine.
Having for more years than I care to recall, waded through books with
female characters either adorning the hero's arm or providing action in
the sex scenes, it'll be sometime in the next century before I tire of
heroines punching/shooting their way into and out of more trouble than
you can aim a neuron disrupter at. So I thought, anyway. Parrish came
perilously close to exhausting my patience.
I think the problem is that so much is going on, she never stops long
enough to allow the reader to get properly acquainted with her until
about halfway through the book. Eventually, however, I got drawn into
the action, which is set in Australia making an intriguing change both
culturally and scenically from the majority of such books.
The Tert War is over and Parrish Plessis had landed a big share of the
spoils. Not bad for a girl with a price on her head and an uncanny
ability to attract trouble. Problem is, power and territory mean
responsibilities. And obligations. Like the small matter of her blood
debt to the shadowy and dangerous Cabal Coomera. They need Parrish for a
little rescue mission - one that'll take her into the heart of
teckno-darkness, the slum town of Dis. In return they'll let her keep
on living. Assuming she survives.
Once I did bond with the character and catch up with what was going on, I
really enjoyed myself. I applaud de Pierres for giving her heroine a
major facial injury. Unlike one or two other female protagonists
sporting such trophies, I could fully believe that Parrish wouldn't
bother to get any sort of cosmetic surgery done to repair the damage.
In these days with increasing pressure on girls to look attractive, it was a
shame, I felt, that the girl on the cover didn't display her crooked
nose and caved-in cheekbone. However, I'm not going to hold that
against the author. It's a pity the publisher didn't reflect more
accurately what was going on between the covers when designing the
Meantime, I'm definitely going to get hold of the other major series de Pierres has written, Sentients of Orion. This time, though, I'll take care to start with the first book.
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