Vast in scope, far reaching in thought-process, and absolutely amazing characters.
If you like deep space/space opera then this book is an absolute MUST READ. I've listened to it half a dozen times now, and even on this last read I was still picking up on subtleties in the plot. Alastair Reynolds does write some amazing books, and House of Suns is my favorite of his, and my all-time favorite Space Opera. My only disappointment with the book was that it is only one. If it continued I would be on my sixth read of the entire series, instead of just this book. Use that credit for this novel and you will not regret it.
Characters you care about would have helped. Way too long !
Too much flashback. More action and less scientific explaining.
How the clones began the long journey should have grabbed your interest at the beginning.
Disappointment that I wasted many hours of my time trying to like this story.
Don't even start listening to this mess.
I don’t have a lot of time for reading, but Audible allows me to listen to all the great books that I thought I would never get to read.
I did love this book, and it is defiantly worth the time, and credit. I have just recently been turned onto the world of hard sci-fi and so far this is my favorite book of that type that I have read or listened to. I love military sci-fi and although I wouldn’t consider this a military sci-fi book, it does fulfill my need for action and hold off my lack of patience.
I really enjoyed House of Suns, it was one of the better books I've listened to in a long time. Every so often you get a great book that you think about even when you aren't listening and you try to make time to listen whenenever you can, this was that book for me.
I loved the use of time in this book. This book was the first in a long time that I had listened to that handled time and light speed travel in a reasonable method.
He was great, I hadn't listened to anything by him before and I will certainly look for more performances by him.
Laugh or Cry? No. This book made me think and to wonder, which is what I look for in a SciFi book.
Alistair Reynolds Is a great Writer. His stories are all plot and Character driven, not just gee wiz special effects.
I didn't feel like this story had the same strong presence that the Revelation Space series demonstrates. Characters are less interesting for who they are, and instead are made entertaining based on how radical they are. Remote controlled paper men, to clones, to evolved biological masses, to mechanical men, to distributed cloud-like entities.
It's a fine story, and it even comes loaded with Reynolds's signature hard science plot twist at the end. It doesn't appear to be set in the same universe as his Revelation Space set, so that might ultimately disappoint you, since there are no opportunities for familiar names or places to come up.
By the end, I find myself still impressed with how Reynolds sticks to proportions and sub-lightspeed travel times (despite the ongoing question about *if* the barrier could be broken). The galaxy is a whopping big place, and the distance between galaxies is even more massive. It's calming to listen to more of his stories, where even millions of years from now, the most advanced of us still have to just hit the stasis pods and ride for decades and centuries to get places. It's proof, in my opinion, of the author's ability to properly weave a story, particularly one where the details and the timing and character motivations all mesh together as the story unfolds, avoiding reckless action-centric plot-less events.
Reynolds is a great storyteller, and this is a good specimen of what we can do when starting fresh and trying to tackle hard science fiction from a new angle.
I have not read the print version, so I do not know.
When the little girl becomes just another clone of the House of Flowers.
Every scene was wonderful. I cannot decide.
No, but the whole concept behind the book: clones that experience thousands of years of humanity's evolution, destruction, and re-emergence, is so unique, even in the genre of science fiction, that I was moved to excitement during the entire novel.
Until I had the good fortune to stumble upon Alastair Reynolds, I thought that contemporary science fiction was bland and often reworked ideas stolen from the classics. I felt Asimov, Orwell, and Vonnegut to be the last great authors of my favorite genre. Now, my favorite author after Mr. Vonnegut is Mr. Reynolds. All his books are amazing thus far. Also, John Lee is the best narrator I have come to love on Audible.
I really enjoyed this book. It was not a typical science fiction book where the ideas and concepts are contemporary with a futuristic setting. The author also does a good job not following traditional plots and themes. I never knew what to expect next. I was disappointed when it ended because there was so many questions and possabilities that still existed. Another sign of a good book.
My first Alastair Reynolds novel, I found this to be a pretty good stand-alone space opera that avoids some of the usual tropes of the genre. Humans are alone in the galaxy -- the many civilizations populating the galaxy are far future posthumans evolved from the original human race. There is no FTL travel; humans spend literally hundreds of thousands of years touring the galaxy in sub-light ships of immense size.
House of Suns begins with an attempt to wipe out the Gentian line by mysterious attackers. The search for the identity and motives of their adversaries leads to the uncovering of a conspiracy that is literally millions of years old.
It has a great epic scope (millions of years, thousands of light years), but the characters themselves never really interested me much, and the rise and fall of interstellar civilizations failed to catch me up in an epic sweep of events -- instead, the finale is a long, long starship chase.
I enjoyed it quite a bit, and will probably try something else by Reynolds, but it didn't quite hit the "Wow" level for me.