A well written book is a gem.
I wish I had read this one before his others. It explains the references from his other books and would have made the whole series much easier to enjoy.
Hard Sci-Fi Connoiseur.
After all the mentions (all negative) of Chasm City in the series I was very excited to get into this book. Interestingly most of the creepy stuff happens not in Chasm City but in the stories leading up to the main characters arrival. All in all a solid addition to the universe though a bit disjointed at time. Pacing at the end is odd. As with The Prefect, if you're unfamiliar with Revelation Space start with that series as it sets an important foundation and makes this book more enjoyable.
Yes. Revelation Space gets sniped because of how density and depth of Reynold's Universe. Chasm City fills the back story for a couple of the planets as well as explaining the historical momentum behind the "present day" in his universe.
The nods he gave towards "Revelation Space" were also enjoyable, as was the noir hint and the quippy nature of the characters.
The protagonist. There is no way I can explain without blowing the book.
Tanner's fish out of water experience as he descends from the Ice Mendicant's station to the surface of Yellowstone was outstanding. The supporting cast also adds to the scenery.
If you liked Revelation Space, you'll like this book even more! Although an entirely new string of characters are introduced and the story seems to deter from the 'long plot' set up in Revelation Space, the story in this book is more entertaining and engaging overall. I really enjoyed this book b/c the characters are all very strong and the plot keeps you intrigued through every twist and turn. John Lee, as always, does a fantastic job developing character personalities through their voices, no complaints there. About the only thing i was disappointed with in this book was the deviation from the 'long plot' of the Revelation Space series but as i said, its absolutely worth a listen.
After reading six of his novels, I would recommend that "hard" sci-fi fans of "space opera" start here with Alastair Reynolds. Chasm City kind of blew my mind. Reynolds has done some very creative things writing in the first person, and Chasm City is my favorite example. After Chasm City, try "The Prefect" and/or "House of Suns." If you're really enjoying yourself, proceed to Revelation Space, Redemption Ark and Absolution Gap or some of the others, which I can't yet comment on.
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This book/series had almost universally positive reviews. The story is quite complex, with multiple time-lines and multiple story-lines that don’t come together until the very end. There are some interesting story elements and interesting ideas, yet I never got into the story and did not care about the conclusion.
This book has a combination of sub-genre which I don’t prefer. First, the characters are largely from the military-sci-fi sub-genre (even the non-military characters), with somewhat flat, military characterizations, having little of the nuances of flesh and blood characters. Second, the story is largely from the fantasy-sci-fi sub-genre, where the science is not really integrated with the story, and is instead only used to create a framework for the fantasy themes. The science does not really hang together into an integrated whole. For example there is clearly very high sensor technology available, yet some guy keeps a totally secret compartment large enough to keep a huge alien technically enhanced psychotic dolphin (and a few people) hidden on a spacecraft secret for decades.
It felt to me that the science and characterizations were very subordinate to the fantasy/mystery aspects of the story. Characters would do things modestly inconsistent with their character because the story required it. The science seemed incidental, providing whatever was necessary as a framework for the mostly fantasy story.
It seems most people find the complex fantasy/mystery aspects of this story well worth time. I did finish it, but will not go on in the series.
This was a fantastic story. I really enjoyed the depth, the Tarantino style and the story arcing twist wonderful. I can't recommend it enough.
The story of Tanner Mirabelle is a curious one but not quite believable. For one, almost every ally begins at gunpoint, before two minutes later inexplicably being a loyal ally. For another, in the later half as Mirabelle begins to solve a mystery about himself, many conversations happen, quite literally multiple times with very little changes. As in, he'll have a conversation with someone, making a specific demand/question/observation, and then they'll change rooms and he'll say the exact same thing over again. Add to that a story which never really got anywhere despite such exceptional promise, and I'm left frustrated.
That said, the plot gets convoluted and brilliant at times, and so maybe those small drawbacks are but drops in the sea for such a thrill ride. You decide. I certainly don't regret listening, but have no doubt, this is fun but no great work of art.
Humble IT Guy and Father
Did I enjoy the book? Mostly. I found the story was drawn out needlessly. Too many diversions in an attempt to add depth but actually seemed to flatten the heart of the plot. This was cemented by what I thought to be a weak conclusion. The narrator was good, sort of reminded me of a 'film noir' commentary. He was however, only good. Sometimes I found him to be a little monotone and the authors writing style probably magnified this affect.
On the upside, I feel as though the author painted a very believable picture of a possible human future. I enjoyed letting my imagination dwell in his universe.
On a final note this is my first dive into the 'Revelation Space' series. The book was ultimately enjoyable so I am going to start 'Revelation Space' next and hope for an improvement.