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
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.
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.
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.
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
Vision, hope...the future
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.
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.
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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