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New Model Army (original: 2010; edição: 2010)

de Adam Roberts

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Adam Roberts' new novel is a terrifying vision of a near future war - a civil war that tears the UK apart as new technologies allow the world's first truly democratic army to take on the British army and wrest control from the powers that be. Taking advances in modern communication and the new eagerness for power from the bottom upwards, Adam Roberts has produced a novel that is at once an exciting war novel and a philosophical examination of war and democracy. It shows one of the UK's most exciting and innovative literary voices working at the height of his powers and investing SF with literary significance that is its due.… (mais)
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Título:New Model Army
Autores:Adam Roberts
Informação:Gollancz, Kindle Edition, 292 pages
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New Model Army de Adam Roberts (2010)

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I really wanted to like this book a whole lot more but the first half was, frankly, tedious and pedantic and the second, while it did take off a little was often vague and rambling. Perhaps I missed the point. ( )
  nick4998 | Oct 31, 2020 |
This book was disappointingly boring. Hard to believe the same man wrote [b:Yellow Blue Tibia: A Novel|6056346|Yellow Blue Tibia A Novel|Adam Roberts|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1266483270s/6056346.jpg|6232364]. Also he has no idea what soldiers are like. ( )
  hatpin | Jun 17, 2018 |
It has a Fab Concept. However it doesn't quite work. Some of it is too heavy handed and not well enough researched to be credible.

I bought this book because I liked the premise, a change in the nature of warfare brought about by better information available to the whole army through a wiki style network. It has promise for some very interesting stories, but the author instead wrote a political polemic based on very old fashioned stereotypes and without bothering to do his research.

Accepting that our narrator is probably unreliable, given he is definitely going insane, and the twist that happens at the end (no spoilers) it is clear that we cannot rely on him. However there are bits of his prior experience with the British Army that just don't work for me (having been in the TA from 1989-1992 and knowing a fair number of current and recently ex-service personnel).

The primary character is supposed to have served in the British Army for a few months before deserting because he didn't like the extreme discipline. This itself is fair enough, a few months would see a soldier through basic training and into the specialist training for their arm of service. This is the period when the most discipline is imposed. All through the book the success of the new model armies is based on the rigid inflexibility of traditional forces that cannot think for themselves. This is the bit I find most difficult to swallow, even back in the 1980s soldiers were being taught to solve problems and work through gaps in information and orders, especially regulars that were deployed to Northern Ireland. By the current period, with the huge increase in peacekeeping operations and the small insurgencies thinking is a core skill for all ranks, not just senior officers. The stereotype might have been true for the 1950s conscripts, but even then I doubt it.

This is not my only problem with the book though. While it is clear that the author can write decent prose, there is still not a whole lot of thinking going on about the consequences of how the technology changes things. There is some in there, but not enough. For example why didn't the British Army just turn on massive jammers of the wifi signal when they came up against the NMAs? Also why are the NMA better on a man for man basis when they are largely untrained volunteers up against properly trained soldiers in a veteran army? I can get local superiority allowing them to win battles, but in an exchange of fire I don't see how wiki info turns people into better shots.

Anyway, the book is riddled with holes and could have been edited into a crisper better book. Unfortunately it wasn't.
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  jmkemp | Jul 5, 2016 |
3 and a half stars. about the nature of war and the model of participatory democracy and what it might lead to, down a certain path. and about the organic/patchwork making of a true AI, in almost a first contact scenario. lots of beautifully-written passages, because he's an excellent writer, and full of ideas laid out for inspection, because Roberts has a strong philosophical bent. but in the end it doesn't quite seem to come together, perhaps because the narrator seems more like a useful composite than a real person in crisis. still it's a very provocative look at a possible tomorrow, and well worth the read. ( )
  macha | Jun 25, 2016 |
Another thoughtful novel from Roberts where he's taken a stock idea from science fiction and fleshed it out with a complex plot and realized characters to the point where the original stock idea is transformed. ( )
  ronhenry | Nov 17, 2015 |
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Adam Roberts' new novel is a terrifying vision of a near future war - a civil war that tears the UK apart as new technologies allow the world's first truly democratic army to take on the British army and wrest control from the powers that be. Taking advances in modern communication and the new eagerness for power from the bottom upwards, Adam Roberts has produced a novel that is at once an exciting war novel and a philosophical examination of war and democracy. It shows one of the UK's most exciting and innovative literary voices working at the height of his powers and investing SF with literary significance that is its due.

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