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The Crown Jewels

The Crown Jewels - Walter Jon Williams I'm a fan of Walter Jon Williams' work, which is why it pains me to suggest that The Crown Jewels is nowhere near his best. The first in a three-book series featuring a thief named Drake Majistral, The Crown Jewels feels stilted and oddly passive -- a kind of Victorian era meets the future. It's surprising given the strength of the other Williams books of the same era (his landmark Hardwired and Angel Station were written prior to the Crown Jewels). Those looking to see what Williams can really do would be far better advised to read his recent books (his near-future novel Deep State or his superb short-story collection titled The Green Leopard Plague) or plunge headlong into Hardwired -- the novel which helped popularize cyberpunk.