Great premise (which is the only reason the overall rating is a 2 rather than a 1), however, this seemed like three different novels crammed into one: a sci fi mystery, an escape thriller (complete with a film noir chase through a hurtling train), and a steampunk dystopian political intrique. Solving the mystery of the city, which seemed like the most fascinating character in the book, was given rather short shrift, after all of its build-up.
Through it all, a protagonist initially made interesting by his stolen past inexplicably transforms almost overnight into a noble rescuer of mysterious women and lost children. His frequent sermons on how his actions are only motivated by being 'the only right thing to do,' grew tiresome about halfway through the story (long before the sermons stopped). I thought that an angel surgically and genetically altered to pass as a human would be much more interesting, but a number of the secondary characters, though as one-dimensionally drawn as Quillon, were much more engaging.
Characters were great and of course John Lee's narration!!
Story was fast paced and kept me very interested. Had a genuine care for all the main characters.Just enough detail not overblown like some other books.
Battles in the Sky and the Vorg.
Was definitely finished faster than most of my purchases!
Wish Mr.Reynolds would make a second! I thought Perdido Street was the best Steampunk book but this one just topped it! Wishing for a movie but probably will not be as good unless David Lynch directed.
Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)
I guess this could make for a good movie, or series, because there is something of an epic here. The author has a brilliant technical and physical imagination, and has done a good job of thinking out what the various effects would be for certain technical or physical situations and it's a lot of fun being surprised by the results detailed in the story.
However, after a stint of reading author Larry Correia's books, this book seems lackluster in imagery and creating visual descriptions, characters and scenery. Terminal World seems to be a "B" effort instead of an "A" simply because there is so much lacking in sensual imagery. It's more like looking at a detailed blueprint than at the actual work of architecture - the beautiful building.
The story does start off slowly, and because it is a bleak future survival story, I often stopped and went off to another book for fun then returned to this one. (While highly technical, this is a book low in humor, and I just prefer books that have either wit, sarcasm, or a skewed viewpoint to spice things up) In the latter half of this book there was a more hopeful storyline and I was able to complete the rest of this book - and the latter part of the book was better than the first.
The narrator spoke quickly, almost too staccato in delivery, but had a clear and understandable intonation. Various narrators have different "accents" they can call on, and I was a little perplexed at the choices of a French and Jamaican-like accent for a few characters in a future that is at least 5000 years from now . . . but . . . okay. There are some narrators that excel at changing voices from character to character, and there are some narrators that excel at reading clearly. I think reading clearly is the strong point here and nice try with throwing in a couple of accents here and there.
I'm sure there are technically-minded people who will love this book and appreciate it, but I'm giving myself a virtual gold star for at least finishing it.
This book might be better for someone who doesn't need closure.
No, but I'm not reading any more by this author for awhile. This book was really dry in parts. I went away and came back to it several times, just to get it finished. (I just can't leave a book unread.)
I loved the accents, and he did a great job of making each character sound different. Wonderful!
I wished that Kaliss and Nimcha had more "screentime." They are amazingly interesting plot devices who never get fully explored as characters. I loved Meroka. I would read a book that was just about her.
The ending of this book is extremely unsatisfying. Nothing resolves. The characters are left literally hanging. By that point I was *almost* to a point where I didn't care what happened to them, but ... there were just so many promises in this book that never paid off -- Angel society -- I want to know more; really amazing technology -- please show me some that doesn't start crapping out right away; techtomancers can do things -- LIKE WHAT?!? What kind of culture do the skull boys have? What is the origin of Kaliss and Nimcha? Why is Fray so "frayed"? How did Tulwah get that way? NO PAYOFFS!
A wonderful scenario for a an enthralling and credible sci-fi plot where the scientific background is sound and the characters awe beautifully carved up
The final is breath-taking.
I would dare to say that he is the best reader. His voice gives credibility and depth to all characters, the rhythm is compelling, the tone is perfect.
Angels may fly higher with no wings
A wonderful experience.
5 hrs into it pulled by good basic writing skills and good narration but I still can't see a story arc. Not much interesting science, not much plot development, no humor or wit, and not a very believable culture. Apparently it takes place on Earth but not a very likely one. If this were text rather than audio, I would be skimming pretty fast to find the meat of the story. As it is, I don't have any more time to waste on it.
Started and stopped several time. I just couldn't connect with this story no matter how much I tried.
If you're familiar with Alastair Reynolds other books this one may surprise you. Its not the typical 'hard science fiction' that comprises most of his other novels but instead is more a hybrid 'old-style' epic journey set in an advanced society. The story is actually quite memorable as i listened to it several months before writing this review and I'm having no trouble recalling it as I go along. It is a bit slow moving at times, the beginning took a while to get into and there is so much detail shoved at you right away that names/terms may be confusing for a while. However, all of that is clarified after a short while and the typical immersion of Reynolds's other stories sets in. I highly recommend giving this one a go, just be patient with it!
This book was so disappointing. It just ended abruptly. You don't really learned much about the world where the characters lived. No why's or how's or closure. The main character was bland and uninteresting. I kept hoping that he'd get more interesting but I didn't really care if he lived or died during the finale of the book. I didn't care about any of the characters, even the child.
A Sci Fi junkie who occasionally goes slumming to read other literature.
I like the very slightly steampunkish world Al Reynolds created in this novel. There's lots to chew due to a wide variety of characters and motivations. The plot was well paced and not rushed to tie all loose ends at the end of the novel. Lots of detailed descriptions that make the book about twice as long as it needs to be.