©2008 Alastair Reynolds; (P)2009 Tantor
"Reynolds confirms his place among the leaders of the hard-science space-opera renaissance." (Publishers Weekly Starred Review)
"The best of the new breed of space opera. Wild action on a grand scale spans well-imagined and developed worlds." (The Denver Post)
This book finally gets to the really interesting part of the Revelation Space series, the real bad guys. While i appreciated the buildup Reynolds delivered in the first two entries, the third is, by far, the best yet. Even though the 'long plot' is being developed rather slowly, the writing and solid narration keeps me listening to find out what happens to the main characters and hoping the end of the series delivers what I've been anticipating. If you made it through the first two books of the series, you won't be disappointed by the third book!
Someone needs to tell the author and editor that after you spend 1/2 the book going all over the galaxy you can't spend the next 1/2 the book just sitting inside a ship doing procedural stuff! First 1/2 was interesting, second 1/2 was very boring.
Characters were very 1 dimensional and the way they handled situations was very naive given the level of technology they are supposed to have.
I wouldn't recommend this book.
John Lee as narrator again performs wonderfully. the story flows along so wonderfully and kept my attention throughout. I usually only listen to stories in my car, but I had to listen to this at work and at home because I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen. I can't wait for the next book in the series and plan to start on it tomorrow!
Lisa Davidson is a poet, author, and devoted bibliophile (myopic from age four). Listening to audiobooks is pure bliss. Thank you, Audible!
I loved "Chasm City." The characters were fascinating, the plot dilemma very original, and the world-building exhilarating and unique. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for this novel--in fact, I returned it for my credit back under Audible's excellent guarantee policy.
Any compelling sense of suspense failed to hook me, and I didn't care about any of the characters. Scenes seemed to drift back and forth and eventually I just lost interest entirely, alas. I had hoped for a new trilogy to absorb me, but this is not it. More and more frequently I am of the opinion that we need more stand-alone novels and fewer serializations that leave readers stunned, bored, or dismayed after having their hopes lifted by the original and then dashed.
We meet a new faction in this book of the series, which is, initially, exciting and fresh. But this book disappoints early and often and takes great pains to keep disappointing.
The character we initially presume to be the principal protagonist is quickly supplanted by a boring alternative who is incredibly dumb and formulaic. After the author starts rolling out the frankly unbelievable Deus ex Machinas to keep this bozo out of trouble, the book loses literally all suspense.
All the annoying tropes are here, too:
· The "mystic", who magically intuits all of the plot points
· The Deus ex Machina "technological" advancements that magically smooth over the current plot difficulty and then are instantly forgotten
· The "evil, scary antagonist" who, literally, accomplishes not one single thing the entire book. Not that anything they're attempting to do is evil, or scary, or even wrong at all
· The protagonist who is somehow more noble or better because they eschew current technology in favor of slightly older technology, which is mysteriously and nonsensically somehow an advantage
It's a real disappointment overall. The prose is decent and John Lee is pretty great as always, so not a total loss. Just keep your expectations low and you won't be (too) disappointed.
Alistair's science is impeccable, his world is more realistic than any other. The one downside is that his characters seem too stiffly self controlled than real people.
This edition brings the Revelation Space story further. If you want haunting space craft in the desolate emptiness between stars this is for you.
I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books.
Yes. This is a long book, and is essentially the middle book of a lengthy trilogy. John Lee and Audible have done a fantastic job in delivering this modern, classic space opera. This is not a book to be rushed through, or one when completed will have a life changing meaning. It is a book to be enjoyed and savored. I think you will enjoy the characters and become comfortable with spending time with them in this long narrative.
Probably Revelation Space, but I thought this was a stronger story. The universe becomes more fleshed out and we begin to understand the interaction of the different races and motives of those races.
Neville. I thought he did a great job here. But make no mistake there are strong male and female characters in this book, and they are not done stereotypically. Each character has some flaws, as well as strengths. I think this is what makes Reynolds such a good author. No doubt he can talk science and astro-physics in particular, but he can also characterize individuals in a believable manner. As always John Lee is just great, he is becoming one of my favorite narrators. Well done sir.
No, but I found myself listening to the story often, which is a testament to how well it captured my imagination.
Reynolds is at the top of my list of modern space opera. I put him ahead of Hamilton and on par with Simmons. If you enjoy those authors I thin you will love this series, but you have to hang in there a little bit. Reynolds rich descriptions may turn some people off, because he may seem like he is not getting to the point. But he is drawing you into a fully developed universe adn if you suspend your disbelief you will be intrigued and entertained fully.
Clavain defecting from the conjoiners and cutting skade in half in the process lol.
His accents and deliverly. I rate him highly for all his narrations I've heard.
There was a few laughs in it.
Listen to the trilogy in order for the best experience (revelation space, redemption ark, absolution gap).
all I can say it jumps all over the place in time and space,you just need to keep on top of where you are and its a good read
Why are people giving this good reviews? The narrative is muddled and often confused. Events are frustratingly skipped, for example at one point it is decided to steal a ship, something that is nearly impossible the reader is told, next the ship has been captured and the mission is on it's way. If only this happened once, but it doesn't. Skip to the so called big finale, I mean skip over, sorry, a character is woken up from a freezer and told of events he took part in but forgot. There are plot holes galore and the ending is quite contrived and rushed. If this was not an audible book I don't think I could have endured the first chapter. Perhaps the author has trouble describing action sccenes and feels more comfortable with dialogue. Sorry I like both. Did I mention loose ends? There are quite a few.
The reading is excellent I might...by the way....
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