Tom Dreyfus is a Prefect, a law enforcement officer with the Panoply. His beat is the multifaceted utopian society of the Glitter Band, that vast swirl of space habitats orbiting the planet Yellowstone, the teeming hub of a human interstellar empire spanning many worlds. His current case: investigating a murderous attack against one of the habitats that left 900 people dead, a crime that appalls even a hardened cop like Dreyfus. But then his investigation uncovers something far more serious than mass slaughter---a covert plot by an enigmatic entity who seeks nothing less than total control of the Glitter Band. Before long, the Panoply detectives are fighting against something worse than tyranny, in a struggle that will lead to more devastation and more death. And Dreyfus will discover that to save what is precious, you may have to destroy it.
©2008 Alastair Reynolds (P)2011 Tantor
"A fascinating hybrid of space opera, police procedural and character study.... This is solid British SF adventure, evoking echoes of le Carre and Sayers with a liberal dash of Doctor Who." (Publishers Weekly)
Yet another work of art in his Revelation Space opera. I do have to admit that the timeline throws me a bit - this book could almost have happened at the beginning of the series and explain the plague that infects machinery and people on Chasm City, but it seems to be later. I should really start from the beginning of the series and listen again.
Whilst I love this series. I seriously thought that this book 5 would have been a direct continuation in the series. But it was not. Very entertaining but disappointing. Will humanity ever get rid of the "inhibitors"?
The story was interesting but it was very difficult to listen to. The female voices were especially poorly performed. The story itself kept me entertained so I kept on listening but I got very close to stopping and just getting the book to read myself
It is a pretty decent SciFi story about a team John McClain stylized figures fighting to defeat an impossible situation. Very entertaining story, though at some points the book did feel to unnecessarily slow its natural flow of events. My one true complaint would be a issue that I imagine someone reading the story would not experience. With the audio copy topics and perspective will rapidly change, which can be jarring and cause some confusion relating to who is saying or doing what. In the book itself I assume this is mitigated with a couple of carriage returns and a new paragraph, however in the audio book they made the decision to not identify the transitions as clearly.
I would recommend this to any frequent reader of Sci Fi. I would also recommend that people read this if they are thinking about reading Reynold's Revelation Space series. I think it creates the setting better so that Revelation Space and the others would be easier to follow. I loved those books, too.
Reynolds creates a different solar system in the distant future and then uncovers a riveting murder mystery in it. His uses of the environments he created was amazing.
There were many interesting scenes so I have a hard time picking one. The Prefect's interactions with the Spider (augmented human) were all interesting. His interrogations of beta and alpha artificial intelligences were cool. His characters called Ultras are cool. The whiphound was a great invention. Each habitat in the Glitter Band was creative. I liked those so much I toyed with the idea of trying to write my own sci fi so that I could create other Glitter Band habitats. That isn't my gig, though, so I hope some other, real authors pick up that thread.
I listened to this book in 2 hour chunks. John Lee's voice becomes so comfortable in my head that I start needing a fix every now and then.
Great science fiction overall. Alastair Reynolds should team up with some Japanese artists and write a series of Manga with hyperpigs as the protagonists.
Yes, John Lee add a lot to the experience of the reading. I got addicted to his reading style.
It's half way between Blade Runner (the dark atmosphere, the internal struggle among the prefects) and some Phil Dicks' novel (the three stigmata of Palmer Eldrich)
The final confrontation
Yes, Alastair Reynolds is always welcomed
The ending was anticlimactic and unsatisfying, felt too contrived and dependent on some element of good in the monsters being faced.
Accurate pacing, voice spot on as emotions change within the book. Really good performance.
Overall, there's good writing here but can't help but compare to Peter Hamilton who tends to have more engaging suspense. It just feels like there wasn't enough oomph to the story.
Hard Sci-Fi Connoiseur.
Huge Reynolds fan ... was very excited to read a book about the Glitter Band ecosystem. As always the world is amazing. This book though - the characters didn't quite do it for me. It was almost like they were only there as a way for Reynolds to tell a greater story ... they're not that memorable ... and I didn't care much what happened to them. Overall the story, the politics, the secondary / tertiary characters are solid. So, for Reynolds fans it's a must in that it further fills out the great Revelation Space universe timeline ... but if you have not been introduced yet, start somewhere else.
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