Re: Chris Wooding
I thoroughly enjoyed Retribution Falls -- tremendous escapist fun, reminiscent of Firefly as has been mentioned. One aspect I particularly appreciated was that, rather than the story concentrating entirely on one central character, each of the Ketty Jay's crew was given a back-story which unfurled as the narrative progressed, explaining why they are aboard the plane.
I was delighted when the book was shortlisted for the Clarke Award (and I know Chris was dumbfounded) -- an award that generally concentrates on the more intelligent, high-brow novels and overlooks the rollicking adventure-packed ones.
A third Ketty Jay book is on the way, which, in my opinion, is great news.