I am a HUGE Alastair Reynolds fan - the Revelation Space universe is genius. Usually short stories don't interest me much - I prefer long arcs ... the more books in a series the better. Galactic North though nicely fills in some gaps and wraps a few loose ends that irritated me in the series. Just wish it was 10 times as long! As always, John Lee crushes it.
One of the most incredible series I've ever read. It's at the top of my all time sci-fi greats list along with Hyperion and the Revelation Space saga. Incredibly detailed. Plenty of hard sci-fi for those that love the stuff (like me). Rich, diverse characters. An absolute treat for sci-fi fans.
After all the mentions (all negative) of Chasm City in the series I was very excited to get into this book. Interestingly most of the creepy stuff happens not in Chasm City but in the stories leading up to the main characters arrival. All in all a solid addition to the universe though a bit disjointed at time. Pacing at the end is odd. As with The Prefect, if you're unfamiliar with Revelation Space start with that series as it sets an important foundation and makes this book more enjoyable.
Huge Reynolds fan ... was very excited to read a book about the Glitter Band ecosystem. As always the world is amazing. This book though - the characters didn't quite do it for me. It was almost like they were only there as a way for Reynolds to tell a greater story ... they're not that memorable ... and I didn't care much what happened to them. Overall the story, the politics, the secondary / tertiary characters are solid. So, for Reynolds fans it's a must in that it further fills out the great Revelation Space universe timeline ... but if you have not been introduced yet, start somewhere else.
Anyone who has gotten through this whole series should get a medal. So many peaks and valleys (a little too many valleys at the end). The last book re-invigorated my interest in the series after many years in the doldrums ... while I can't say a Memory of Light was a great book, it was a satisfactory end to the saga. Most of my complains have to do with the thinness of the characters themselves (not Brandon Sanderson's fault). It does feel a little formulaic in how characters work themselves in and out of trouble - but that's again, those behaviors were pretty well established before Brandon took over the franchise. If you're slogged your way this far, might as well go the final mile.
While so many authors are going for weighty, dark, intricate characters and storylines Erin weaves a truly magical tale which is complimented by perhaps the best narration I've ever heard. There are some shades of Niel Gaimon in here but Erin's voice is certainly her own. Pretty unbelievable that this is her first book. One of the few stories I've heard in a long time that evokes wonder again.
Still doesn't feel quite right calling this a vampire series (even though that's what it is). The narrative voice is so different - like a biblical retelling. Ranks as one of the top 10 most memorable fantasy / sci-fi books I've ever read ... though I can't say I LOVED but book ... I really really admire it. The execution is fantastic. The world strange, dark and compelling - feels truly alien even though it's still Earth. The Twelve really opens up narrative - looking forward to the last in the trilogy.
Honestly this rating is probably too high based on overall literary quality but after plenty of Alastair Reynolds, George RR Martin and Peter Hamilton this felt like a palette cleanser. Much as I love the incredible detail of Game of Thrones, The Great North Road, and the Revelation Space universe, sometimes simple, swashbuckling adventure is more enjoyable. Yes, sci-fi / fantasy that challenges is great - but I really enjoyed the fun, light style of this book ... all you need is purpose and some good steel. Don't like the situation? Well nothing a barbed arrow won't solve! Narration is excellent btw. Steven Pacey really captures the spirit of the novel.
A lot of folks might have some trouble buying into to Mieville's worlds but for my money he's the best in the business at odd, steam-punk sci-fi / fantasy (honestly not sure how you categorize it). Of his novels this seems to flow most smoothly - the characters are rich and interesting. The city is alive and vibrant. All nicely complimented by John Lee's fantastic narration (the guy's a master).
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