The light plot that hampered SUNDIVER, the first in the trilogy is more than made up for here. 250 years later we are in a more sharply defined reality, better writting, complex plot, more defined and refined concepts and a narrator in full stride. Great stuff, looking forward to the next installment
i read this in college and loved it. this time around, i didn't enjoy it quite as much. the characters are a little flat, and they aren't really developed, but they are likeable (except for the bad ones!). having said that, startide rising is a lot better than most sci fi. the premise is very creative, and david brin makes a deep statement about taking care of our fellow mammals. i could have lived without him ACTUALLY STATING IT at the end of the book, but maybe he was afraid some of us missed it.
This imaginative book blends hardcore science with creative speculation. As with Sundiver (which should be read first) the storyline draws you in and becomes completely believable. It is written with thoughtfulness, humor and a deep understanding of human behavior. Not to mention the psychology of clients and ETs. I wish more of this author’s novels were available on audiobooks
loved the universe. loved the dalphin's speech. loved the concept of uplift. some space battles...everything we need. highly recommended
Perhaps I am spoiled, I crave imagery and plot. This has none of the former and precious little of the latter. The reader does what he can to rescue this unconvincing tome, but after all, a short story remains a short story, no matter how much landfill you pump in between the pages.
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At this point if you read the first book you should go out and get in print the book "Contacting Aliens: An Illustrated Guide to David Brin's Uplift Universe" so you can understand the different races because I had trouble with it and I assume that will help.
If you read the first book you might be expecting it to continue where that one left off but it doesn't, I was a little confused with the first book but I liked it this one is sorta the same, I was expecting something and I got something else but it was good.
There is a ship crewed by 150 uplifted dolphins, 7 Humans, and 1 uplifted Chimpanzee - they discover some 50,000 abandoned ships that probably belong to the "Progenitors" who uplifted the first race (but who uplifted them? I was always unclear about that one) and they find some old mummified body and take it along with data.
The book starts with them needing to go and get repairs and the aliens battling in orbit above the planet Kithrup because everyone wants the info they have for them selves.
Cool things happen on the planet below with the locals and some crashed ship but without giving anything away the ship Streaker gets off the planet and away with its info safe - the book jumps around lots at the end with different factions trying to either destroy, capture, or help Streaker.
I liked this book but it wasn't a perfect 5 star for me, that is because I had trouble following things at times, with all these 6 books I had the same problem but for the most part they are good and I will probably read them again in the future.
I rarely don't finish a book, but I had to let this one go about half way through. The plot has some interesting points, but takes half a book to layout just a few ideas. The character interaction is very uninteresting and strained. I just got bored with seemingly the same stuff droning on.
The narrator is frankly awesome but the story moves a little slow for me. Lots of description of the uplift universe but the plot develops at a snails pace. Still it is worth reading since it won the Hugo.
I'm a former college English teacher turned administrator. Still read (and listen) a lot.
I listened to the first of this trilogy and was disappointed, but I thought it would be worth it to get to this book because it had won awards. I was disappointed enough with this book that I will not complete the trilogy. The character were poorly developed and I just didn't care about them or the story.
NV, not NY
In the end, for me, having dolphins as star travelers, didn't quite work. Throughout the book I kept thinking that all the extra gear (and water) needed to make them space-travel-able was so completely impractical as to be absurd - even for science fiction. This book might be better read in hardcopy due to the fact that there are so many characters I found it impossible to keep them all straight. The number of characters also made for long periods of character developement in the first half of the book. I'll definately skip the other books in this series.