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The Sunrise Lands: A Novel of the Change | [S. M. Stirling]

The Sunrise Lands: A Novel of the Change

A generation has passed since the Change that rendered technology inoperable around the world, and western Oregon has finally achieved a degree of peace. But a new threat has risen in Paradise Valley, Wyoming. A man known as the Prophet presides over the Church Universal and Triumphant, teaching his followers to continue God's work by destroying the remnants of technological civilization they encounter - and those who dare use them.
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A generation has passed since the Change that rendered technology inoperable around the world, and western Oregon has finally achieved a degree of peace. But a new threat has risen in Paradise Valley, Wyoming. A man known as the Prophet presides over the Church Universal and Triumphant, teaching his followers to continue God's work by destroying the remnants of technological civilization they encounter - and those who dare to use them.

Rudi Mackenzie, son and heir of the mystic Juniper, must journey with seven friends across a continent in chaos to the Sunrise Lands to solve the riddle of what destroyed a civilization. And as the friends journey farther into the interior, enemies may be within their own band as well as outside it.

©2007 S. M. Stirling; (P)2008 Tantor

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"Thought-provoking and engaging." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Michael Corona, CA, USA 05-11-08
    Michael Corona, CA, USA 05-11-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Change is not always good, but this book is."

    The story: the story is good, very good. I like post apocalyptic style novels. This one is one with a twist. One I haven't seen before, but that adds a lovely flavor to the novel.
    The writing: The writing is good and gives each character and alliance great depth and a substantial feel
    The narrator: The narator does a good job of representing the characters. At times I wonder if he is mispronouning a word due to the characters or just in general. It doesnt subtract from the story and happens only about three times in the book. I have a feeling its because of the nationality of the narrator possibly.
    Overall: I read alot, and when I can't read I listen. I listen to audiobooks, especially, when I run. This book held my interest well enough that an hour on the treadmill went by without my looking at the timer.
    Members of the society of creative anachronism and readers of Tolkien will feel justified reading this book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    rodger Denver, CO, United States 10-08-11
    rodger Denver, CO, United States 10-08-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Bumpy Read-applies to all books in this series"

    I read the series from the beginning and looked forward to listening to it very much as I drive 2500 miles a month. Todd McLaren, the reader, does a very good job with voices, accents and tone but has an infuriating habit of mispronouncing simple words - i.e., when someone bares their teeth, he reads it as "barred". There are way too many of those to list. If you're accustomed to hearing what you've read, be prepared for a bumpy read - it's jarring when it happens. Probably the most egregious mispronunciation is when someone of Celtic origin says "Shite", he pronounces it "She-ite" - like the Muslim sect. Sets my teeth on edge and I lose the thread of the story because it's so distracting.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Randy Stone Mountain, GA, USA 10-16-09
    Randy Stone Mountain, GA, USA 10-16-09 Member Since 2003
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    "The first book of the second trillogy..."

    ...is as good as the first three books. This is one of my favorite genres, post-apocalyptic survival and S. M. Stirling does it very well. After reading the other reviews I can see some of the detractor's points but this is, after all, science fiction/fantasy. It is neither history nor prognostication. The likable characters are very likable and the despicable characters are easy to despise. The premise of sudden isolation and the identification by the surviving members of a group with a strong leader is easy to swallow and makes for a fascinating variety among the different "civilizations". I think Todd McLaren does a fine job differentiating characters with accent and voicing, he doesn't do young girls very well but what would you expect from someone with a fine Bass voice like that. The only criticism and warning to listeners is the book jumps around in both time and space and it's not always clear when it happens. Listen closely or you'll find yourself rewinding to figure out how you got from Dun Juniper to "east of the Cascades" in one breath. A great series and a great read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Andy ATLANTA, GA, United States 08-25-08
    Andy ATLANTA, GA, United States 08-25-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Not a review but an important note:"

    One thing missing from the reviews is that this is NOT the third book in the series, but rather the start of a second trilogy, in essense the 4th book. The third book isn't available by audible, as far as I can tell.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Frederick, MD, USA 01-01-09
    Susan Frederick, MD, USA 01-01-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Fun to listen to."

    I have listened to all the books previous to this one and this one did not dissapoint either.
    This book deals with the second generation after the change, and is just as fun and interesting to listen to as the others.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Aloha, OR, USA 09-29-08
    Sandra Aloha, OR, USA 09-29-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Great Book and Great series"

    This is a great series and a joy to listen to. I can hardly turn the story off when I have to work. The ONLY issue I have is with the word Willamette, when refering to the river or the valley, the reader is saying Will-A-met when it should be said as Will-Am-It. But still well worth the price and you should get all of them

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A. Tuck 06-24-08
    A. Tuck 06-24-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Interesting story"

    This was a good story and the narrator did a decent job. It kept my attention throughout, even though it was a longer audiobook. I would have given it five stars, but the narrator mispronounced some words and the pacing was a bit off. There were pauses where there weren't section breaks and no pauses where there should have been. But it was definitely a fun listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Irving, TX, USA 08-01-08
    Julie Irving, TX, USA 08-01-08
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    "Too long"

    I love a good book and can enjoy lengthy novels, but I became bored with the drawn out descriptions of the types of plants in the woods, the carvings inside a hall, or the clothing available. I understand the need to describe the setting, but this was overdone at times. I didn't get to the end to make a full review. Perhaps I will try the print edition and see if I enjoy that better. I can then skip the passages that halt the progression of the story. The narration was good. The writer is gifted, don't get me wrong. It is my personal preference for action that encourages this review. You decide for yourself.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Tucson, AZ, United States 05-14-08
    Thomas Tucson, AZ, United States 05-14-08
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    "Bad Ending"

    This book could have eaisily rated 4 or 5 stars but the ending was terrible. It's like the author had to stop because he was late for a very important date. Not only did he stop but the ending made little or no sense. Todd McLaren's narration was excellent.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    RoseAnne Ellensburg, WA, United States 09-28-13
    RoseAnne Ellensburg, WA, United States 09-28-13
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    "Pronunciation is everything"

    I absolutely love this series, I read the first 2 books. The only problem I have with it is that Todd McLaren (the narrator) pronounces so many words incorrectly that I keep trying to correct him. Obviously, he never hears me. But it would be nice if he learned how to say the names of the region and cities. I won't even mention the pronouncing of names and the incorrect usage of French pronunciations.

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