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
Doctor of misanthropy
I don't know if I'll ever be able to mentally separate Reynolds' writing from Lee's narration, but I have to say that I quite enjoy the combination.
This is pretty standard Reynolds fare, with his usual dollop of inventive future visualizations and a unique approach to what he imagines could be our future history.
Good focus on a rational mystery but the poor performance of the reader made characters indistinguishable from one another - until a sentence or two was spoken. One never knew who was speaking (after a pause) so was confusion intended?
I never connected to a character since most were killed off and the main character was bi-gender as with the thinking machines.
A computer would have read better. Better means some inflection and tone changes from character to character.
depends on the cast
Drama over millions of years and millions of miles. For awhile, I thought it might be a romeo and juliet, but not so. There were several trajectories and each did not seem to come together. It was a long listen and the narrator carried a thick Brit accent and I began to wonder about the missing "R": "dark" sounded like "dock." The book finally ended and I don't think I'd listen to another if this is a series.
One of the authors better books, would like to see the story in this universe continue. John Lee's performance was excellent as always.
In no way am I experienced enough in the genre to critique a Science Fiction title. I read science fiction for a couple of years way back in the mid 80's. And tried again 5 years ago with the Mars Trilogy (which I did not finish)The book delivers engaging Hard Sci-fi and solid Opera. It was satisfying in that regard.However, I felt as though the book had a Fantasy feel about it. For my taste I would have liked to learn more about the authors idea of regular people.The human part of this story is mainly focused on the Gentians. 6 million year old clone people. Although this span of time is required to tell the story, the hard sci fi describing this ability was lacking, convenient and not very thought provoking. Don't get me wrong. Much of the explanations of technology were fantastic.So when I say "Hungry for More" in my headline. I'm not talking about another book. I just wanted more from this one.
I will buy more from this author.John Lee is great (as usual)
I'm always amazed at the scale Alistair Reynolds applies in his books. In the House of Suns he exceeds even himself. Campion and Purslane travels across galaxies, through millions of years. It puts my imagination to test.
The book has a lot of compelling ideas, also awesome aliens (like the giant librarians, or the golden machine man). The story is interesting.
In some places I found the book too long, too detailed, sometimes repetitive. By the end it annoyed me a little bit that every character talked in same, very accurate, punctual way, like everyone was an English teacher.
inspiring, ascending, think big
I like its ending, that we were finally allowed to meet the representative of the ancient, first race of the intelligent machine.
He kept me very engaged with the story till the end.
An investigation of the mysterious disappearance of Andromeda galaxy.
I truly enjoyed this book. I really liked the fact that for a long while at the beginning of the book I didn't know what was going on and still found that I enjoyed the story and narrative.The universe the author creates is interesting and the flashbacks help bring the story into focus over time. Others have complained that there is not enough action in the story - and I admit after I was done with the book - I looked back and realized the same thing. But I still really enjoyed the read ... and getting lost in this world was fun. This was my first book by Reynolds - but will most likely not be my last. The is some hard profanity in this book although lightly used most of the time ( I estimate there were maybe 2 dozen F-Words in and 18 hour book )As for the Narrator, he does an excellent job on this book - and that may have contributed to how much I enjoyed listening to it.
I found the basic premise of the book intriguing: that humans could extend their lives and influence, as well as indulging their desire to explore the galaxy, through a combination of cloning, stasis, cryogenics, and near light-speed travel.
The two main characters, Campion and Purslane, are described as lovers in the novel, but Reynolds gives very little space for the reader to imagine a relationship strong enough to have broken through the supposed taboo against such pair-bonding in their culture.
The story, on the other hand, manages to convey almost unfathomably broad passages of time in a believable way, and the extended chase that is the novel's growing climax takes over 60 thousand light years.
I pressed on with listening to the entire book because of the author's ability to combine a number of futuristic concepts, a compelling "who-dunnit" that drives the middle third of the novel, flashbacks to the genesis of the main characters, and the extended chase.
And these strengths fortunately outweighed the narration, which I found a bit mannered and confusing. John Lee did nothing with his voice to signal the alternating narration chapter by chapter of Campion (male) and Purslane (female) in the story, even though he did differentiate the voices of the Machine People from the humans effectively, albeit in a manner of speaking that belied their supposed sophistication. As a North American, I found the various Scottish accents he used for secondary characters jarring because I didn't expect it, although I must admit it added an bit of realistic menace to the author's depiction of two characters, a traitor and an inquisitor.
Immense awesome fiction
Perslaine because she was compassionate and strong at the same time.
I liked his rendition of Hesperus but there was a section of bad editing where his voice changes and the difference is quite noticeable. You can listen to him for the whole way easily.
At this length, not a chance but it is still a book I wanted to finish, very much.
This is a great book.The story line is complex but believable and despite the fact that you think you have figured out where the book is going several times, it still surprises you in the end.
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