Gardening Geek/Fishing Freak/CADninja
I can't remember how this book showed up on my radar, but I'm glad it did. This epic 19.5 hour book flew by. I tend to shy away from anything over 12 hours, but gave this one a go based on reviews. Usually about 8 to 10 hours into a book I get antsy and start thinking about what I'm going to listen to next. Not so here. I'm 5 hours into my next book and still thinking about this book. Highly recommend.
The author is best in sweeping new space opera and I was a bit hesitant with Pushing Ice - it sounded like it was very pedestrian. Miners and asteroids has never turned out well that I know of. But it turns out that starting from the prologue, Reynolds has a way of keeping it so small it's relatable while blowing your mind with cosmic vistas you didn't know you wanted.
Both Bella and Svetlana. That's a great pair for the story, grounding it and giving a human motive and conflict to drive the story, no matter how outlandish the setting. They go to such lows, it's very interesting later how small, human touches can feel so powerful.
The fight over the aquarium. Again, Reynolds has found a way to frame and make solid something very abstract, in this case the whole relationship and history between the three characters (Bella, Svetlana and Parry).
What will humanity turn out to be, millions of years from now?
The reader's accents got a bit much at times.
I absolutely loved this book. It's creative and intelligent. The reader made it a wonderful listening experience. The story contains no unnecessary violence or cruelty. It flows at an excellent pace with amazing events. The characters were well-developed and realistic. The dialogue and vocabulary were engaging and never simplistic.
At first, I was skeptical because I had not come across a science fiction story in quite awhile I enjoyed. This book just blew me away. I couldn't wait for an opportunity to get to my iPod so I could keep listening. It made me like science fiction again.
Recently, I'd been so disappointed by having gone through a period of having some books that made me regret all the time and money I put into them. This book jolted me out of that and encouraged me to keep trying more, and different kinds of, books again.
As a result, I've put all the other works by this author into my Wish List. They all have the same reader! I can't wait to try more books by this author and reader. I hope this will be an enjoyable book for you as well.
Long winded with very little resolution. No strong protagonists or antagonists. The phrase "we push ice, that's what we do" is supposed to resonate strongly with the reader. Heavy emphasis on tablet-like computers called "flexies" - people are always flicking out their flexies or charging their flexies or taking photos with their flexies. Unlikable, interchangeable characters.
Absolutely, the science fiction is excellent and the story is very well developed.
I absolutely hated Sventlana but at the same time she also was the most tangible character. As to favorite I really like Parry (her husband) he balanced the needs of crew against his own needs time again and really filled the role of mediator I just wish he had stood up to Svetlana more often.
I generally enjoy John Lee he is a solid voice actor who puts a lot of emotion into his voices. That said his range of voices is a bit limited (generally). In this case however he did a fantastic job.
Yes, when Svetlana broke her word to Bella I wanted to smash the iPhone against the wall.
Starts out a bit slow but once and some of the build up in the beginning is a bit confusing but it wraps up nicely.
I've read nearly everything else by the author, and for some reason avoided spending the credit on this book for what I thought were shaky reviews. While the audio suffers from some bizarrely short scene shifts in the recording (not the narrator's fault, mind you), this is a much more interesting independent story than I was prepared to expect.
Before picking it up, the notion of a trite story about Saturn's moon flying away sounded boring to me, a drama cooked up around the local solar system. Held against Revelation Space or the newer and more primitive Blue Remembered Earth, I was thinking this story would be the half-baked stillborn that had no choice but to exist between the two story types.
Welp. I was wrong. The very idea that you aren't sure what Reynolds could possibly do with the story to develop it beyond the synopsis is exactly why you should dive into this one. The scale of it is more immense than you're prepared for, and it's brimming with unknowns, contrary to the opening setting in the local solar system. The only story with a larger storytelling scale is perhaps the Galactic North short story, as even House of Suns took place almost entirely within the far future, without having to drag you all the way there.
Very glad that I wised up and bought this book.
The scale of this book is epic. There is also changes that occur over great swaths of time. Do not let the disconnected nature at the beginning of some chapters disorientate you. The author does a masterful job of delivering a multifaceted connected narrative. The readers performance is equally amazing. High recommend for Sci-Fi and Fiction fans alike!
Yes, definitely. Have to be sure to pay attention however...lots of nuance and detail to capture, which is (obviously ) the joy , and challenge, of these books.
Least..it drags at times.
Too many to note. Descriptions of ship born life is compelling.
Oddity for Reynolds/Lee in that this is a freestanding book. Well worth committing to, but know that it is a true committment of time and attention.
The ring world by Larry Nevin.
What a great reader. I can't wait to listen to more of his books.