It has a very clever premise. I thought it a most excellent story. It shows Alastair Reynolds has not lost any of his creativity. Well done.
A coherent interesting novel about aliens. I always find novels about strange new technology etc great, if they are handled intelligently, which this was. Of course as it was written in 1976/77 it does have issues with plausibility considering what we know today about aliens or the lack of them etc... So enjoy the story for what it is, a well written thoughtful novel about aliens written in say 1976. I have already bought book 2 :) It has many concepts you may think on for many a year. Enjoy
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Yes its a great read. It's a read and forget book, good fun but not a Asimov etc..
The mystery of what the story was about.
Coming face to face with a...(no spoilers)
No. Read enjoy and move on.
No, maybe if it was free to see the writing had improved.
No. It was not interesting for me, I just did to care about the characters and felt I was wasting my life listening to it. There was no sense of excitement or of interest in learning about this land.
Changed her whole approach and created a world I felt part of, I world I cared about.
The narrator was a bit better than for the first book at least.
Tt has one so not sure why you ask. There is a book three.
Not sure the authors fantasy construct was not enjoyable.
Her whole approach when put together did not work for me. Even the names of the characters annoyed me, as did the way the characters related to one another.
Not sure just did not enjoy the narrators voice at all.
No there are a million fantasy books out there, nothing in this one had anything to recommend it to me. I like Lord of the RIngs and Ursula Le Guin, and Apprentice Adept a seven-book fantasy and science fiction novel series by Piers Anthony.
Its Book 1 of a two book set fyi. book 2 was the same.
Maybe. It's a deep novel with many layers. It's like a never ending babel of ideas woven together in a kipple world. Kipple as in the term from the book "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" by Philip K Dick.
Did not have one.
None in particular.
It's not a straightforward sci-fi novel ie its nothing like a Peter F Hamilton novel for example.So if you are looking for an engrossing adventure this is not it. "Snow Crash was nominated for both the British Science Fiction Award in 1993, and the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1994." from Wikipedia. It's a satire of anarchic capitalism.
It's a good novel, but you will only enjoy it if you like this type of novel.
The Narrator was able to place me into the story, and I felt as though I was Jane Eyre. I felt all her joys, and all her agonies....
It allowed the stories passion to flow like the rich feast of a sumptuous banquet.
The story of Jane Eyre was magical, and so richly was the English language used, I felt that it might be exhausted by the end... A Magical work of fiction, giving me a look into the past as it was, in all its misguided glory, and tragic majesty.
I enjoyed the place the story eventually took me to.
The ending and learning about the aliens
Felt as though I was there.
I love the Peter F Hamilton books this was not like that, however it had similarities.It would be nice if there was more to keep my interest up, as it's a long book.The book did drag on in places, and I had trouble remembering who was who.It did win a HUGO award, so maybe its just not my style of book so I did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Judge for yourself.
ps It's also a bit like Brian Aldis's Helliconia trilogy, but sadly not as good, as I was riveted by that.
It was only enjoyable in parts, in fact some parts, (50%), were really bad, and boring, only 30% of it was great, rest boring. The Sci-Fi part was terrible as the future was written as though it was 1970s small town britain, (not how life might be in the future 100 years hence where it was set with time travel!), with all the boring set pieces, such as a vicar, locals reading mass at church, complaining of bad sermons, squabbles between university departments, people going to the pub, and the words "crossing the quad" were mentioned frequently, slagging off visiting Americans in the typical set piece british people vs Americans way, all soo boring..... the parts that were good was when the historian lived in 14th century England. Evidently in 100 years time people will still be taking aspirin, and you will only get a few tablets per bottle and so have to ration it out because the NHS is skimping on costs, really? Also there were no mobile phones in 100 years either! and on it goes, as I said it's Sci-Fi is almost nonexistent. It was interesting to get a feel for how people lived in the 14th century, as though you were one of them, (I guess this is why it won the Hugo award) "The novel won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards, and was shortlisted for other awards." So for that I am glad I put up with the 60% crap.I liked on my ipod nano I could skip ahead to get over the boring bits and enjoy life in the 1300s, or set it to x2 speed.So its a book that is hard to rate. Its a great drama, in parts.
The narrator used a very british voice and sounded exactly as I think she was supposed to sound, so for this book she was great, ie sounding like a tedious boring british person. (You don't have to sound like that in sounding british I hasten to add).
Felt I was there
Not sure, maybe Arthur C Clarke's "The Songs of Distant Earth", (one of my favourite books.)
His narration was a perfect fit for the stories cadence, and his voice is lovely to listen to.
He has a peaceful flowing voice.
Yes the end, it was very well done.
I felt like I was on a wonderful journey and was just happy to be in the story space as it unfolded.
It's sheer cleverness. That I really liked the characters, they seemed real to me.
When little Nell was safe.
This book is not pure scifi ie it does not take current science/world and extrapolate to a plausible possible future.
It takes literary elements from the past and some aspects of current science and creates a mish mashed future dystopian world.
This may annoy some readers.
However after I got over being annoyed it is very well written and the voice while annoying is appropriate for the story, if that makes sense.
It does deserve its HUGO award.
A great audio book.
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