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House of Suns | [Alastair Reynolds]

House of Suns

Six million years ago, at the very dawn of the starfaring era, Abigail Gentian fractured herself into a thousand male and female clones: the shatterlings. Sent out into the galaxy, these shatterlings have stood aloof as they document the rise and fall of countless human empires. They meet every 200,000 years to exchange news and memories of their travels with their siblings.
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Six million years ago, at the very dawn of the starfaring era, Abigail Gentian fractured herself into a thousand male and female clones: the shatterlings. Sent out into the galaxy, these shatterlings have stood aloof as they document the rise and fall of countless human empires. They meet every 200,000 years to exchange news and memories of their travels with their siblings.

Not only are Campion and Purslane late for their 30-second reunion but they have also brought along an amnesiac golden robot for a guest. But the wayward shatterlings get more than the scolding they expect: they face the discovery that someone has a very serious grudge against the Gentian line, and there is a very real possibility of traitors in their midst. The surviving shatterlings have to dodge exotic weapons while they regroup to try to solve the mystery of who is persecuting them and why---before their ancient line is wiped out of existence forever.

©2008 Alastair Reynolds; (P)2009 Tantor

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    Colin atascadero, CA, United States 03-17-10
    Colin atascadero, CA, United States 03-17-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Ending was flat"

    Started off very strongly and was an interesting concept but the end dragged along. I've read a couple by this author and noticed the same in both novels. Probably should be 3 1/2 stars but definitely not in the same class as Peter F. Hamilton or Dan Simmons.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Loves Park, IL, USA 03-02-10
    Mark Loves Park, IL, USA 03-02-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Must Read..."

    I really enjoy the work of both Alastair Reynolds and Peter F. Hamilton. Good sci-fi is very hard to find. This is one of the BEST books I have ever read. HIGHLY recommended.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barry Greensboro, NC, USA 12-04-09
    Barry Greensboro, NC, USA 12-04-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Reynolds Best Yet"

    I have read several of Alistair Reynold's novels, and "House of Suns" is by far my favorite. Reynolds is quickly becoming a master of the genre. The sweeping scope of this story, and the almost feverish imagination at work are a delight to the fan of science fiction on an epic scale. A few more books like this, and Reynolds will be challenging Iain Banks for his domination of the galactic canvas.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mr Melbourne, Australia 10-04-09
    Mr Melbourne, Australia 10-04-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Sub-Lightspped Space opera"

    I enjoyed this book. I thought the narration was easy to follow and well suited to the story, and the author explored some interesting ideas in an entertaining way.

    I'll definitely consider another Alastair Reynolds book in the future.

    Interesting and Entertaining

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    george Granby, MA, United States 11-21-10
    george Granby, MA, United States 11-21-10

    Vision, hope...the future

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    "More Fantasy Than Science Fiction"

    I rated the story low because there was little science in the story. This is not science fiction. The reader of was very good though.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Magalia, CA, USA 04-02-10
    Jason Magalia, CA, USA 04-02-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Long...so very, very long"

    I actually liked the book overall, but be warned it just goes on and on and on in parts. This is obviously exacerbated with an audiobook; the reader can't "skim" the slower sections. Overall it's decent "hard" sci-fi that I'd recommend as long as you're patient.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Beaumont, TX, USA 10-24-09
    Brenda Beaumont, TX, USA 10-24-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Long"

    The story was very long and difficult to follow. I hung with it expecting a shattering revelation of some type but that never occurred either. So, very long and nothing really great.

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    John DAPTO NSWAustralia 11-18-09
    John DAPTO NSWAustralia 11-18-09
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    "Terrific"

    This is a great story, made even better by John Lee's narration - he's one of the best.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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