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Absolution Gap | [Alastair Reynolds]

Absolution Gap

The Inhibitors were designed to eliminate any life-form reaching a certain level of intelligence - and they've targeted humanity. War veteran Clavain and a ragtag group of refugees have fled into hiding. Their leadership is faltering, and their situation is growing more desperate. But their little colony has just received an unexpected visitor: an avenging angel with the power to lead mankind to safety---or draw down its darkest enemy.
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The Inhibitors were designed to eliminate any life-form reaching a certain level of intelligence - and they've targeted humanity. War veteran Clavain and a ragtag group of refugees have fled into hiding. Their leadership is faltering, and their situation is growing more desperate.

But their little colony has just received an unexpected visitor: an avenging angel with the power to lead mankind to safety - or draw down its darkest enemy. And as she leads them to an apparently insignificant moon light-years away, it begins to dawn on Clavain and his companions that to beat one enemy, it may be necessary to forge an alliance with something much worse.

©2008 Alastair Reynolds; (P)2009 Tantor

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    Dugan Arvada, CO, United States 07-21-14
    Dugan Arvada, CO, United States 07-21-14 Member Since 2010

    dugand5

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    "The worst book I ever read all the way through"
    Would you try another book from Alastair Reynolds and/or John Lee?

    I already own another Alastair Reynolds book that I am not going to read. John Lee is a great performer - would listen to him anytime.


    What could Alastair Reynolds have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The book is the conclusion of an 1800 page multi-century story arc with big themes that have been developed throughout the three volume narrative and need to be concluded. Rather than conclude these, Reynolds concludes his book with an epilogue where in 2 paragraphs he dispenses with major protagonists telling of the galaxy in the centuries since the conflict. I cannot tell you how dissatisfying this is.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Reynolds has his moments, but I get bogged down in his ridiculous devolvement into unnecessary detail.


    What character would you cut from Absolution Gap?

    Alastair Reynolds


    Any additional comments?

    If you have read the first three books (some argue two) in the series, I suggest you go to a wiki site that outlines the rest of the story, then listen to one of the amazing Culture novels by Iain M. Banks - Consider Phlebas, Player of Games, Use of Weapons etc. I am tempted to go listen to one of those again just to get the bad taste out of my mouth from this awful book.
    Don't believe me - read reviews on Amazon website. Despite high ratings here, this book is uniformly discouraged there.

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    Prairie 04-25-14
    Prairie 04-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I think he couldn't come up with an ending"
    If you could sum up Absolution Gap in three words, what would they be?

    okay, not great.


    Would you recommend Absolution Gap to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, because the series is interesting the books before it were great. Hopefully the one after it is too.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    Scorpio


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Huge, deus ex machina. Disappointed on how the plot lines resolved, and then he killed off all my favorite characters.


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    @mydeskonthemoon Airdrie 04-03-14
    @mydeskonthemoon Airdrie 04-03-14 Member Since 2012
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    "WTF happned!? 8("

    I absolutely LOVED the first two books in this series. So when I started listening to Absolution Gap it was with great enthusiasm. Unfortunately, it was within the first few moments of the book that my hear began to sink...

    1. John Lee: John Lee has been consistently excellent as a narrator not only in the first two books of the series, but in a myriad of other books. WTF, Mr. Lee? VERY POOR CREATIVE CHOICES. Narration was inconsistent. He COMPLETELY changed the accent and delivery for one of the principle protagonists of the series...jolting, without apparent rational, and just plain terribly upsetting. So much upsetting I figure Mr. Lee simply MUST have taken creative direction from someone other than himself...he's been just so good in everything else he's read its the only thing which can explain such a awful showing.

    "One more time with a bit less affect, Mr. Lee..."

    2. Where is this train going? The plot is almost incomprehensible and contributes almost nothing to the larger themes explored in the first two books. Ok, I appreciate I may not be the brightest candle on the cake, but I'm hardly neophyte in the genre. Again...just terrible. A metaphor, perhaps? as another review pointed out/ If so, its a key in the hull of an upside down fishing boat on Easter day.

    3. Put the ending first! The entire story wraps in just a few pages...it would have save me a lot of a grief had the book been presented in reverse order. Forget that...shame on me for suffering though so much junk instead of just flipping/scrubbing to the end.

    Do I sound over the top? Does my frustration seem irrational? I mean, for pity's sake, its only a BOOK, right? Well, what can I say? I'm a huge an of both the author and the narrator and neither delivered. And, because I loved the first two books, I felt a PRISONER for most of the 27hrs of this book, compelled by hope, until the very bitter end, that THINGS WILL GET BETTER IN JUST A FEW MORE MINUTES...WE'LL TURN THE CORNER YET!

    Instead, we just went over the rails and off the cliff.

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    Steve Delray Beach, FL, United States 12-11-13
    Steve Delray Beach, FL, United States 12-11-13 Member Since 2001

    A well written book is a gem.

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    "Don't hesitate but listen to the series in order.."

    This book is waiting for you as the last of the Revelation Space series. Worth the wait to get to this one - it ties the series together nicely. Again, well written and well narrated.

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    Cameron Woodend, Australia 09-05-12
    Cameron Woodend, Australia 09-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Read but Flat Ending"

    This book and Redemption Arc felt like they were building up to good final book. Yet the whole outcome of the Inhibitors v Humanity is basically glossed over within 12 minutes at the end of Absolution Gap. It's almost like Reynolds decide he couldn't be bothered and was done with the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hugh Australia 03-23-12
    Hugh Australia 03-23-12 Member Since 2012

    OmegaVoyage

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    "Engaging, strongly recommend to sci-fi fans"

    Another excellent sic-fi novel by Alastair Raynolds and magnificent performance by John Lee. I've read most of Alastair Raynolds books and always enjoyed his realistic depiction of near future underlined with scientific facts.

    Absolution gap picks up after Redemption Ark, continues with the story of human survival against the inhabiters. You can still read this book without the previous book but I recommend to read redemption ark first which is also a fantastic book if you can't wait till all the characters background are covered later in this book.

    I had a mix feeling about the ending but right till the very last chapter the story continues on the right expectation path. If you are familiar with Alastrair Reynaldo then you definitely enjoy the ride and accept the twisted endings. Absolution Gap introduces many concepts that on their own right can be a good sic-fi stories. If you like this series then I also recommend Revelation space which is the part one foundation for other standalone books form AR.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scott la mirada, CA, United States 12-06-11
    Scott la mirada, CA, United States 12-06-11
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    "Silly"
    Would you try another book from Alastair Reynolds and/or John Lee?

    I would try another book by this author, I think this was a hiccup in otherwise good sci fi. But pigs in space, seriously? add to that some guy who founds a religion requiring giant cathedral/tank cities to slowly plod over the planet in sync with a moon so it can be witnessed to dissapear now and then is just all kinds of silly.


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    R. J. Monts Southern Illinois 09-26-11
    R. J. Monts Southern Illinois 09-26-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Don't Start"

    You will be promised a space battle between an advanced alien race and humanity for three long books, and the was will be covered by a couple of paragraphs in the very last chapter of the last book. Also, you will be told how important each of the main characters are, and how important the mission they are on is, but they are not important and do not resolve anything. I waited 3 books for the space battle, and was sorely disappointed. Ultimately these books felt like all the boring in between parts that authors like Peter F Hamilton skip.

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    Bud W 09-18-10
    Bud W 09-18-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Read Great Narrater"

    I have enjoyed all the books in this series. 27 hrs and I wished there was more.

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    Jeremy Nampa, ID, USA 06-30-10
    Jeremy Nampa, ID, USA 06-30-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Author's Story Telling Ability Disappoints"

    Mr. Reynolds creates a fascinating world, with interesting characters and ideas. Unfortunately he left me disappointed in his story telling ability. As with the book before it, I'm left feeling like he got bored writing the book and in the end just looked for the quickest way to wrap things up. Major parts of the final story line are summarized instead of lived, leaving me abruptly set adrift, and disconnected from characters he spent so much time building up.

    If you enjoy Sci-Fi entertain yourself with the incredible world which Alastair Reynold creates, just don't prepare yourself for the abbreviated ending.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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