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Retribution Falls Paperback – Jun 16 2010

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (June 16 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575085169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575085169
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 3 x 19.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If masterful plotting were the book's only attribute, then RETRIBUTION FALLS would still be a first-rate read. What makes it exceptional is the psychological insight, rare in fast-paced, adventure SF. Frey is a fully-rounded character whose selfishness and duplicity undergo a gradual transformation as events cause him to reassess his motivations, as well as to appreciate the qualities of his crew, themselves fascinating individuals. On every level, RETRIBUTION FALLS is a triumph―GUARDIAN

There's a neat combination of swashbuckling excitement and wisecracking patter with sometimes surprisingly hard-edged violence, moral ambiguity, and a cumulative depth. It pulls the neat trick of sucking you in with pure entertainment value, and delivering substance while you're not looking. RETRIBUTION FALLS picks you up, and it whisks you swiftly and entertainingly along, and it sets you down with a big smile on your face―Joe Abercrombie

RETRIBUTION FALLS is the kind of old fashioned adventure I didn't think we were allowed to write any more, of freebooting privateers making their haphazard underhand way in a wondrous retro-future world. But Chris has dusted off the format and given it a sharp modern edge that makes for a fast, exhilarating read―Peter F. Hamilton

About the Author

Chris Wooding is in his early 30s and has already signed his first Hollywood film deal and won several awards for his writing. He is the author of, amongst others, the Broken Sky series, which has sold over 200,000 copies in the US alone, and THE HAUNTING OF ALAIZABEL CRAY, which won the SILVER SMARTIES AWARD. He has travelled extensively, plays bass and guitar, has recorded several albums with various bands and toured in Europe. His books have been published all over the world and translated into 19 languages. He is currently working on two movies with a top Hollywood director.

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By Aaron G on March 24 2014
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I am writing this review not only for Retribution Falls, but for the entirety of Chris Wooding's "Ketty Jay" series (Retribution Falls, The Black Lung Captain, The Iron Jackal and The Ace of Skulls). I can't recommend this series enough. I bought and read all four novels in the span of the last month, finishing the final book at one o'clock this morning. When I finally closed Ace of Skulls, I actually felt sad that this would be the last time I got to spend time with Darian Frey and the Ketty Jay's crew.

It's not without its flaws, though. "Retribution Falls" is a bit on the rough side, with scenes and chapters that don't quite flow together perfectly. But if you stick with it, by the time you reach the middle of “The Black Lung Captain”, the series is firing on full cylinders and you're in for a ride that will take you all the way through the Mummy-movie like “The Iron Jackal” and won't end until the very last triumphant pages of “The Ace of Skulls”.

A lot of people have compared this series to a steampunk version of Joss Whedon’s “Firefly”, something that I would honestly consider to be a great compliment. It’s true that Ketty Jay hits many of the same notes, but eventually it evolves into something special of its very own.

In the end, though, Ketty Jay has one major thing in common with Firefly – I think I will always feel the same sadness that I’ll never again step foot on that beat-up old ship Ketty Jay or have a drink with Frey and the crew.

Thanks, Mr. Wooding. It’s been a long time since I loved a series this much. You’re an inspiration to us wannabe authors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Bonyun on Jan. 8 2011
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This was an extremely fun and entertaining book. It was well written and far from predictable. If you love action, pirates and steampunk airships, this is the book for you. The characters are fun and sympathetic, and I found that I just couldn't put it down. I can't wait for the sequel!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Josie on June 4 2015
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Very entertaining story. It felt like a mix between Pirates of the Caribbean and Firefly. Interesting characters and exciting plot line. Excited to read more about the crew of the Ketty Jay
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Got to like it, Wooding continues to create great stories this is first of 4 (so far) in this series and this was enough to make me buy the next 3.

Great opening and story continues from there.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zafri M. on Dec 23 2011
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Disclaimer: Reviews will mainly concentrate on novels that I enjoyed, and in writing them I will attempt to be succinct and to avoid all manner of spoilery comments. A grading guide follows my reviews. Also, please note that while I have read widely in the genre, my tastes are quite distinct and thus readers should absorb my wisdom with, at the very least, a few pinches of salt. Cheers.

Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding

Characterization: 6/10
The main character, Darian Frey, is the captain of the Ketty Jay and the leader of a small and highly dysfunctional band of layabouts. Although I enjoy characters who come in various shades of grey, I couldn't help but feel like I've seen these characters all before (watch the show Firefly before or after reading this and you'll know what I mean). I wanted to root for the crew, but that doesn't mean I thought they were especially interesting or three-dimensional.

Plotting and Pacing: 2/5 and 3/5
The novel started off really well for me, but after the first few chapters it was touch and go. The problem was that the crew themselves didn't know what the heck was going on so we had to follow them back and forth as they chased leads and otherwise tried to survive extermination. If you like lots of twists and turns in your novels, the book is fine, but it feels a bit like a pretzel. The pacing gets better after the first hundred pages, but you have to make it that far first.

Setting: 6/10
There's nothing really all that special about the setting. Sure the idea of aerium is cool, and everybody loves airships, but I didn't get the feeling that the world was all that well fleshed out.
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