Of course John Lee is great, but the writing is great and the story flows
There are many identifiable themes that are great to follow
He's great. Many voices and a great reader
Yes, there were many moments that I kept rewinding to enjoy it again.
It's a story that is not freaky, follows the rules and a great
Elder Statesman Doctor
The truly accurate character depictions and the feel of reality of the emotions conveyed. This is a Fabulous book that not only fascinates and uplifts you, it makes you want to be a better human being yourself. It just doesn't get any better than this!!
Bella Lind, the 'hero' of the book. She is an accurate depiction of what a human being can truly be, both complicated and angry at times, yet able to rise above her own interests and selfish concerns to help her fellow men (and women).
Spot on! Excellent intonation, excellent simulation of a woman's voice and a Russian accent. You could really feel the differences between the characters by the way he altered his voice for the different people portrayed.
There were several moments in the book that moved me, and despite being a man, it actually brought me to tears at the end, and nearly so at several junctures prior to the end.
If you've ever liked Science Fiction, read this! I am blown away. This is BETTER Than Arthur C. Clarke. Part way into it I thought it might be similar to Rendezvous with Rama, but as it got towards the end, it far surpassed even the entire Rama trilogy, and all in one book. This is Amazing! Get it ! ! ! 10 stars! One of the best books I've ever read! (And I've read thousands.)
The concept behind this book is potentially fascinating. But, it's worked to death and resolved in an unsatisfying way. The book is probably twice as long as it should be. I wanted to like it; but I cannot recommend it.
It reads as classic old school sci fi. The writer knows his stuff and makes it convincing. I'm less enthused by the somewhat by-the-numbers characterisations, but this is typical of what I mean by 'old school sci fi'. It's a well paced book and I enjoyed it.
I'm afraid that I have a big problem with the narration however. While Mr Lee has a fine voice and a relaxed tone, he adopts a sing-song cadence , rolling through punctuation as if it isn't there. This drains meaning from sentences and renders the characters even flatter than written. Despite attempts at varying accents , everyone sounds the same and frankly I got bored listening to it. Gritting my teeth to get through this book.
In future I'll buy the paper versions of Alastair Reynolds novels and read them myself.
This was the second Reynolds book I have read, the other was the Prefect. Reynolds is wonderful at unfolding a detailed and inventive story that is both interesting and illuminating. He also takes time to build a foundation for understanding his key characters, which is important. Unfortunately in both this book and the Prefect, his lead human characters make decisions that don't seem "human" or minimally contradict expectations set by his character development. In this, there are two strong woman lead characters, supposedly friends, supposedly on space "ships" with cultures in the sailing tradition. Yet one of the lead characters, "the Engineer" leads a mutiny against the other, "the Captain" and then locks her away for more than a dozen years for reasons that don't make sense. It is understandable that the Captain upset her mutinous Engineer when not believing her unsupported technical conclusions, Reynolds defined the Engineer character as a professional to whom the technical details matter most. But it was only after the Captain started making decisions based upon good Engineering calculations, that her Engineer friend decided it was time to rebel, along with the other engineers, who suddenly could no longer do technical calculations and thus opposed the captain.
When I read the Prefect, I decided that the overall story was good enough to ignore the character flaws and read another Reynolds work. But when similar (worse) flaws came up again in this book, I think I might avoid future Reynolds books. I think it takes something Major away from the overall story when the characters don't add up.
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so if you are a fan of the other works you will like this one also - it one of the "stand alone novels" that he has wrote
this is sorta like a "First Contact" story but is a little stranger then that - Janus one of Saturn's moons has decided to start accelerating out of orbit and into interstellar space, there is only 1 ship in the correct place at the correct time to follow it for as long as it can and "observe it" before turning back
there are 2 major characters that go from best friends to worst enemies and back to sorta friends, and then something else entirely in the very end of the book - wont give it away but they become closer then any 2 people could ever be and I am not talking about hooking up
its Bella Lind and Svetlana Barseghian - Bella is in charge but Svetlana wants to turn back because she is convinced that the ship doesent have enough fuel to make it back so they must do it now and hope for the best, maybe have to abandon ship because there is no fuel to decelerate
it gets stranger and stranger with the readings they get from sensors and stuff like that, and it soon becomes clear that they will never make it back home again - so they settle in for the long stay and hope that they can one day get a message back home to tell them what happened
after years of time pass, there are 145 people on the ship at the time of leaving and some die and some are killed and some are born - others are born again but that is a matter for latter in the book
like all of Reynolds stuff this is a great story with an ending that is concluded but also leaves something for the imagination
only reason it gets 4 not 5 stars is because the 2 main characters Bella Lind and Svetlana Barseghian go at things that makes no sense at all - 1 of them Bella is all non-hostile about everything, and Svetlana is all about making an example out of someone - maybe its because they are women and thats how they would act but like most things women do in arguments it makes no sense
a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
Pretty standard Sci-Fi, enough reality to relate though it seems to channel quite a few Clarke books I have read. I was hoping for a little more. The book does have a great pace though is a bit predictable. It does setup a sequel and would make a good movie though.
As an engineer, i really enjoyed the elements of technology and physics as portrayed in this story. the author does a superior job of describing space flight as it might actually exist 100 yrs from now (oh wait, we don't have a space program any more so never mind). The events, twists, and turns in the story made sense to me, without the usual eye rolls and what ever's I normally reserve for SciFi. Finally, that an author was able to weave a cogent story in with the harsh realities of general relativity and make it all work was really very cool. While the ending is sort of a bummer, it was still reasonable.
On the flip side, OMG the characters in this story are awful! The main character spends the entire story being so vile and revolting that I was practically begging for something heavy to fall on her (sadly, nothing ever does). Further, the other characters in the story simply accept this deceitful scum of a person, make her their leader no less, and turn a blind eye to her exploits. I guess people in the future are either evil or sheep... Ugh.
In the end... I'm not feeling cheated for having invested my time and money on this story. However, I'll never listen to it again either, nor would I bother with a sequel... unless something heavy squishes the main character in the first chapter.
Shout out to the narrator... great job Mr. Reynolds! Some of the accents hurt my head at times, but you made it all work. Thanks!
Enjoy the adventure
A Sci Fi adventure cruise through time and space. The story of a spaceship crew caught up in unexpected, alien technology and dragged to another star system. The book revolves around two female protagonists with different views for survival. Each believes she is correct and the other is not.
Enjoyed but it is long and detailed.
I like books that weigh heavy on cognitive appeal and intelligent articulation on a multi level conveyance. Science Fiction about space like "Dune" or "Gateway" and the post apocalyptic novels, where the human spirit struggles to survive like "I Am Legend" with flawed characters, appeal to me.
A cerebral journey that propels you into an immersive story of what it is to be human in a futuristic world and the inherent desire to survive in a foriegn and empty unwelcoming environment that is space. Can be slow at times with drawing out the mundane.
I really enjoy the intelligent word play and imaginitive world painted by the author's visionary universe. He really displays a high level of adeptness to interwine scientific concepts into his story and it comes across very plausible and non Star Trek hokiness. This seperates science fiction writers from fantasy authors, the demand of a high level of science acumen to explain the story, rather writing your way out of a predicament through pulling a solution from the air like the world of wizards and dragons.
His mastery of voices and inflection is able to convey the primal feelings or cognitive thoughts of the characters in a diverse and immersive way.
Dreams Among The Stars
I really love this book and to me the author has positioned himself in the class of Fredrick Pohl and Frank Herbert in science fiction.