I acquired this book based on it's sci-fi aspect and did not expect the inter-species homo-erotic aspect. The story here is well thought out and the idea of a prison planet where the guards are as much prisoners as the inmates is an interesting concept. Both of the lead characters are strong well defined characters with interesting backgrounds. This story can stand alone without the erotic romance aspect.
As a software engineer I normally hate to read books concerning computers and software but this one is different. This almost 100% plausible and in a couple of years, might transcend the 'almost' word. .
Yes, I wanted to listen to the whole book without stopping. I listen while driving to work, and found myself in the parking lot listening to the book instead of entering the building.
This is book 2 of a set, but it is a stand alone book. I will go back and read book 1, based on the strength of this book, but book 1 was not necessary to follow this book.
This is another great story from Kim Stanley Robinson which could be, but not necessarily, set in the same universe as the Mars series. I found the plot to be weaker than the Mars books, but the characters were extremely interesting. The story is about events leading up to the year 2312 and involves characters from Mercury, Earth, Venus and Saturn. There are descriptions of the rolling city on Mercury, and really cleaver ways of turning asteroids into cities and what might happen if we could do this. There are thousands of large asteroids out there. If we could hollow them out, we coudl put different environments in each of them. The plot involves people, politics, the way different societies respond to stimuli, and the way youth perceive things as opposed to those with more experience. For example, the sun walkers on Mercury walk along the edge of the sunrise as the planet rotates. Some walk for the glory of the walk, some walk for the excitement of the continuously rising sun, some walk for the beauty, some walk for the challenge. The lead character, Swan, is a sun walker, but her current view is much different than her younger days.
Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained comprise an epic tale of our universe after the discovery of wormhole technology, the ability to regenerate our broken bodies, and the discovery of possible hostile aliens. The audio for these two books is over 77 hours of complex, integrate story telling involving many different people on a host of planets who's various stories are woven into a single story about life as it might become.
Complex Intense Tight
This is a complex, intense and tightly written story involving many cultures and lifestyles. The story hold together tightly with all parts leading to a conclusion. It does not have a 'feel good' ending, but the bad guys were, at least, stopped. Of course, determining who are the bad guys is quiet a chore.
It was great listening to this. The sarcastic lead character takes his business seriously while protecting his friends and poking fun at hypocrisy and the idiosyncratic behaviour of us all. .
I enjoyed the fun aspects embedded within a serious and complex story.
Listening to the book we can learn how to pronounce Tuatha Da Dannon as well as the names of other Irish gods and some of the gods from other religions
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