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.
"Terminal world" is a very good book featuring a deep, well thought through story. It's one of the books you want to open again after you closed it couple of minutes back to learn what happens next.
It has an interesting story with a lot of things to think about. Even in this book the author doesn't leave sci-fi component aside (although I haven't read many books like one).
I guess, the last couple of pages of the book (or the last chapter of the audiobook, to be correct), where... well I'd better let potential readers learn for themselves ;-)
I'm not the best at this so I skip the question.
While I was expecting the book to be one of the space-opera it appeared to be an example of steam-punk. I was never a big fan of steampunk as a genre but I find the story to be very interesting and with time I definitely going to listen to it again (or maybe, read it, for a change)
I'm sure I'll listen to Terminal World again, there were so many cool treatments both of characters and of science fiction tropes.
The reveal about the essential truth of Spearpoint is powerful, elevating the story from kit-bashed fantasy to masterful science fiction.
John Lee gives the characters personality thought their tones, inflection, and pace.
When the story first started, I was really enjoying it. But it kept adding on layers and new characters without resolving anything. It felt to me like a long story that ultimately went nowhere. Many reviewers have said this is not the author's best work, and I must concur.