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Dust | [Elizabeth Bear]

Dust

Hugo Award winner Elizabeth Bear has been called one of the best science fiction authors of her generation. In Dust she skillfully spins a classic science fiction trope - the lost generation ship - into a complex and compelling tale of fallen angels, secretive family politics, and sexual taboo.
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Publisher's Summary

Hugo Award winner Elizabeth Bear has been called one of the best science fiction authors of her generation. In Dust she skillfully spins a classic science fiction trope - the lost generation ship - into a complex and compelling tale of fallen angels, secretive family politics, and sexual taboo.

©2007 Elizabeth Bear; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Extraordinary ... [a] brilliantly detailed, tightly plotted, roller-coaster ... replete with a fantastic cast of characters." (Booklist, starred review)

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    Philip Minneapolis, MN, United States 01-08-09
    Philip Minneapolis, MN, United States 01-08-09 Member Since 2005
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    "A new twist"

    This book took one of the old standards of Science Fiction; The generation ship, evolved it into a
    modern thoughtful story. Adventure, Hi-Science Fiction and some love thrown in. Narration was good, although I rarely have a problem with the
    narrators on audio books. I am astounded at the number of reviewers who rip on the narrators.
    But I digress... This was a good story well told.
    I almost wish for a sequel even though it is refreshing to read/listen to a sci fi book that
    is not multi book.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    JanaMacEye ORANGE, NH, United States 01-21-09
    JanaMacEye ORANGE, NH, United States 01-21-09 Member Since 2012
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    "A throughly well crafted story"

    This was my first audio book, as well as my first Elizabeth Bear book. The writing was exquisitely well crafted; her prose was simply wonderful to listen to and, because of this, I plan to read it as well. The story was compelling, leading the reader on to understand the complexities of "the world" that was the stranded generation ship, with its ship mind/AI fragmented into pieces, the "angels". Very ingenious and well done. Without burdening the reader with endless technical descriptions, she illuminates the characters and brings them into vivid focus. The narrator was perfect.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ashanti Calumet Park, IL, United States 04-24-09
    Ashanti Calumet Park, IL, United States 04-24-09 Member Since 2004
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    "A very different kind of story."

    Whether one feels the work is good or bad, there are a lot of the same and similar things out there to read in Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Can you tell the difference in Christine Feehan and Sherrilyn Kenyon? I like them both, but I can't. That was why I was attracted to Elizabeth Bear's "Dust." It was so very different from much of the work out there and it was quite interesting in its differences. As someone who reads and listens (in combination), to approximately 50 to 60 books a year, I loved that I didn't guess correctly where the story in "Dust" was going. I will definitely look out for more from this author. I was also pleasantly surprised that it didn't seem to be set up as a muti-novel story either. It was refreshing to be able to finish a complete story without having to wait a year between each novel.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael G. Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 06-22-12
    Michael G. Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 06-22-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Generation ship sub-genre tale"

    Dust is a mildly interesting variation on the generation ship theme. A lost and damaged interstellar space ship circling an unstable star sets the backdrop for a band of space travelers that have "evolved" well beyond human. The timeframe is far future with sophisticated AIs, nanotech, and genetic engineering capable of growing human wings. We begin some time after the accident that has precipitated current events. The ship's crew has bifurcated into two competing groups (former officers and engineers) with an almost Medieval orientation. The original AI has been forced to divide into multiple entities responsible for maintaining unique elements of the ship while at the same time assisting different groups in an attempt to reintegrate and take back total control of the vessel. We follow the journey of two women as they traverse the ship in an attempt to prevent an all out war.

    The characters are not well developed and largely unremarkable, except for perhaps the AIs. The whole story has the feel of a shotgun wedding between a sci-fi setting and a vampire romance tale with a hint of homo-erotic innuendos along the way. One gets the feeling that effort was required to prevent choosing a fantasy fork as the story progresses. The ending is less climatic and moreso satisfaction that everything works out, sort of.

    The narration is passable, but the flat affect for most of the story does not lend itself for much opportunity to display much in the way of range.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carl River oaks, TX, United States 04-19-12
    Carl River oaks, TX, United States 04-19-12 Member Since 2008

    Admirer of science.

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    "A pleasure."
    What does Alma Cuervo bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    She presents theauthors prose with delightful skill.


    Any additional comments?

    Far superior prose to most in this genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pat Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada 05-28-09
    Pat Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada 05-28-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Still chewing through this one."

    Sorry folks. I find this book extremely hard to listen to. The author takes a lot of time developing characters to the detriment of the story.

    This could have been reduced in length to about 100 pages. Perhaps an abridged version would be better.

    This is definitely a "chick flick" and a review of the sample audio should be in order before buying.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
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