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.
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.
I love Sci-Fi, Fantasy, History and Biographies.
John Lee is a great narrator and does justice to an excellent book. Terminal World is amazingly inventive, the characters believable and I found it hard to stop listening.
For the people who don't like the ending I have only this to say.... WTF!
The logic of the book is impeccable although it does finish without explaining every possible permutation. The author is relying on you to use some of your own imagination, after all he has just delivered a masterpiece to you on a plate - surely that's not too much to ask.
Brain eating machines, dirigibles, his version of Reavers, mysteries everywhere are found on this dying planet and yet Reynolds holds it all together. If you get this book and don't like it please disregard all of my reviews, we're obviously not compatible.
I'm a Hard SF & Space Opera-loving, alien android from the future. I bring gifts of SciFi eBooks & accessories for your leader's Kindle. Take me to him/her/it.
An entertaining standalone story that draws on the fashionable genre of Steampunk without diving in entirely. By arranging his world and setting into 'zones' of technological disparity, Reynolds allows narrative room for various SF sub-genres and characters. I enjoyed it most when he was in fully far-future Space Opera mode, which was sadly the minority of this story. My opinion of the protagonist, Dr. Quillon, slowly soured, too, as the character became unconvincingly pure-hearted.
While it started a little slow, that was good because it continued to build right up to the end. In fact, even though the author says this is a standalone book, I can see, actually would like to see a sequel. At the end I found myself wanting to know what laid ahead for the characters. Well worth the time to listen to this book.
Alastair Reynolds is a great author. He's got a clean, concise style to all the books I've read from him. You shouldn't believe in the universe of this novel, but you do. I hate that he's probably smarter than I will ever be.