A tale of good and evil, where neither is what it seems! Aiden Fleischer, a bookish priest, finds himself transported to an alien world. With him is Miss Clarissa Stark, a crippled hunchback of exceptional ability, wronged by an aristocrat and cast out from society.
On the planet Ptallaya, under two bright yellow suns, they encounter the Yatsill, a race of enthusiastic mimics who shape their society after impressions picked up from Clarissa’s mind. Creating a faux London, the alien creatures enroll Clarissa in their Council of Magicians and Aiden in the City Guard. But why does the peaceful city require guards? After a day that, in earthly terms, has lasted for months, the answer comes, for on this planet without night, a red sun also rises, and brings with it a destructive evil. The Blood Gods! Hideous creatures, they cause Aiden to confront his own internal darkness while trying to protect his friend and his new home.
With a sharp eye for period detail and a rich imagination, Mark Hodder establishes a weirdly twisted version of Victorian London on a convincingly realized alien world, and employs them to tackle a profound psychological and moral question. A Red Sun Also Rises breaks new ground by combining the sword-and-planet genre with Victorian steampunk while adding an edgy psychological twist.
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Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy
Ok I loved Burton and Swinburne. When I heard the forward to this book I was excited because I thought it was going to be a Steampunk twist on a what happens to all the people who get lost in the bermuda triangle. The author got the story idea that he read from a journal that was found in a recovered shipwreck. It was about two missionaries. I am still intrigued. Then it just gets wierd and the set up of the other planet was too much. There was too much explaining of the society. The story was relatively good but too much time was invested in details.I would have liked a little more narrative and less expository. The love story between the two main characters was good because they were both broken in their own way and made whole by each other, but it took a long way to get there, and it was not ultimately satisfying. The narration was good, but I kept thinking, how much better this would have been narrated by Gerard Doyle, who narrated Burton and Swinburne trilogy; which, did I mention I loved.
A Red Sun Also Rises: there was a truth, that little know, close to the beginning of the story. In fact it may be the first time I have heard it since realizing it myself. “ the more engaged I am with a task the less I feel the pain of my twisted bones”. It is powerful only less to its truth. This hooked me…
This is my first steampunk novel and my review is premature. but all-in-all, I am enjoying it. Considerably in fact. There is a good chance that I will finish it in one listening. That too is a first for me. Don’t get me wrong, I'm not saying this is fantastic five star stuff; this is just a couple of firsts & a good book. it begins in a manner that shows the author’s love of dickens. Once firmly set into a dickens’ backdrop the scenery drifts further and further to the fantasy. I assume this is standard of all the steampunk stories.
But here, with this one, the performance is way above average. The characters are distinct, their voice and delivery truly fit the personality of the story. And the portrayal of the bazaar characters took it to the next level. wonderful entertainment. Once I got to the proper-English bantering 4 legged oyster creatures I couldn't stop, but to write this review (I am just short of half way thru the book now).
A take on morals gives the story the feel of being more than a simple science fiction. social progress and religious interference on it seem to be leading towards some existential coda. The philosophy thus far is not overbearing the context.
The creatures, their descriptions, are clever and fantastic. The 4 legged oyster creatures pictured on the cover are example.
Yeah, I really am digging on this book. I hope that it stands comparable to the others in it’s genre.
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