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.
I like the style of the way this fellow writes, and he creates very interesting and engaging characters. The plot line seemed to hold a lot of potential. But, as the protagonist slips into having more and more dreams, it reminded me of Hamilton's Dreaming Void and Temporal Void novels. Feels like an easy out for the author, although I will say Reynolds' dreams at least expand the story and seem to make some sense. Both authors seemed to rely on characters having unbelievable powers to the point of being ludicrous (and another easy way out of needing more rational explanations). And, what the protagonist and almost everyone else does to the aliens in the "6th ship" behind the convoy is just downright inhuman. Of course, how those aliens ever managed to build anything given their physiology strains credulity. In the end, I felt more sympathy / empathy for the aliens and Methusala (an old fish) than I did for any of these distinctly unlikeable characters. I can't recommend this one, but I appreciated they way Reynolds and the narrator told the story, flawed though it may be. And so, I know I'll listen to another Reynolds yarn.
Characters I would care about in some way..
Give me one or two likeable characters and a better story.
It was another viewpoint of what may happen in the future.
Just hope the future will not be this horrible.
I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books.
Probably not but that does not change the fact that this a terrific story.
I listened to the first book in this series, Revelation Space and parts of it were a little confusing. As a result I lost some interest and did not move on directly to the second book. Chasm City is technically not a part of the series but it is in the same universe. As a result it provides some great context and provides clarification on the complex nature of this universe. I honestly recommend starting the series here. I will now compete the series and I am glad I listened to this novel. Reynolds is the most complicated of the English modern SF writers, it was smart for him to release this book. It fills in some gaps and it is a great stand alone story with good characters and a good story.
Always solid. I enjoy John Lee as a narrator.
"Do You Really Know Yourself?"
Readers who do not like long stories with complex story lines should avoid this book. Reynolds revels in making you live in his universe, consequently the story can move along slowly at times. This does not bother me, because this type of escapist writing draws and keeps you in. I enjoyed it and plan on finishing the Revelations Space Series. Highly recommend.