I enjoyed Ghost in the Shell with its analysis of the Human/Machine speculations. This book doesn't get too philosophical but it is an entertaining story about what a space-faring human civilization might be like.
I like Reynolds' storytelling, in general, though this story had what I felt were unnecessary complications here and there. Likewise, I like Lee's rendition of Reynolds' stories -- he does great accents -- but occasionally his intonation doesn't reflect the verb used to describe the speech. Still well worth the time to listen.
Yes, and I will. Why you ask? This is an awesome Audio book. The narration by John Lee is a stellar performance for an Interstellar story.
That it was nothing like I had expected. You see I don't listen to the short clip of an audio book before I purchase. I go by Art, the author and my gut. to me this is like a "Hercule Poirot" ( Complete with the accent )type murder mystery of epic proportion, meets "the Lawnmower Man". This story covers much ground or is should say space, habitats, humanoid races, tech and just about everything imaginable. With all the players and their back stories written vividly and complete. I love this kind of surprise in a book, and If you like mystery and sci fi you will to.
his use of the different voice's for the characters, separating them perfectly without fail you know who is saying what without any doubt after the first few chapters and from then on as new ones are introduced.
I would had time permitted, as it was I listened to the book in 3 sittings.
Great work just get it and listen for yourself.
Remember the movie "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly?" Well, I could find nothing good in this story. Unless you like the grimy side of life taken to deeper depths, give this book a pass.
I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books.
If you are a fan of the Revelation Space Universe you will enjoy this book. Although a stand alone novel, it provides a great backdrop to the series. It also includes some clues on the beginning of the Melding Plague. This is almost a companion to the Chasm City novel. In that novel the Glitter Band was already ravaged by the plague. In this novel the Glitter Band is still at its height.
This is fundamentally a detective novel, and that plot device makes this book unique in the series. At times it reminded me of Asimov's Robot Series in tone and approach. As a long time Sci Fi reader that connection made this book memorable as a whole.
Always terrific, he does his usual spot on job here. I have read other reviews that complained about his accents, but I find them great. In a novel this length having some identifying markers for characters helps me keep track of everyone. Well done.
The RS series is a lot to consumer, no doubt about it. But if you are looking for escapist books that keep you interested, intrigued and guessing this series is for you. Though a standalone book it fits well into the series. Overall very well done.
I read Chasm City and The Prefect as a break in the RS Series. I recommend this approach. it provides background and lets you take breath in that story arch, which can become overwhelming in the story lines, time frames and characters. In many ways the standalone books make the core RS Space series even more enjoyable. Highly recommend.
A good SF story transports you to another world and paints that world in vivid color and detail. This story did just that. A very imaginative future world and a good story as well. A little bit of an old fashioned mystery story.
Love Sci Fi, Fiction, Humor and Philosophy. Anything that makes me think.
Great engaging story, space opera at its best. The narration was superb that action was fast paced without being frenetic. I would recommend.
Back in the Yellowstone system this story is set amongst the Glitter band, a group of ten thousand human space habitats that are governed democratically via an organization called Panoply. Each of the habitats have a central stalk that houses a poling core, using abstraction (a hand waving term for network), representatives from each habitat rotate through the civic duty of voting.
This idyllic thing comes crashing to a halt as an Alpha level imprint from the Silvestri 80, Aurora, takes over four habitats and manufactures warbots called Weevils to spread. Meanwhile, a creature from the past called the Clockmaker which was thought destroyed resurfaces to threaten the maybe invincible Aurora.
Field Prefect Tom Dreyfus, Deputy Field Talia Ing, Deputy Field hyper-pig Sparva are just some of the key spicy characters leading the fight against the dark annihilators of humans in this installment. I enjoy how the author juggles multiple story lines into a mesmerizing tapestry of entertainment. Five out of five for this one. Excellent job!
String characters, active plot, fantastic futures and a murder mystery turned fight for humanity's existence. All in a day's work for Alastair Reynolds.