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Terminal World Audiobook

Terminal World

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Spearpoint, the last human city, is an atmosphere-piercing spire of vast size. Clinging to its skin are the zones, a series of semi-autonomous city-states, each of which enjoys a different - and rigidly enforced - level of technology. Following an infiltration mission that went tragically wrong, Quillon has been living incognito, working as a pathologist in the district morgue.

But when a near-dead angel drops onto his dissecting table, Quillon's world is wrenched apart one more time. If Quillon is to save his life, he must leave his home and journey into the cold and hostile lands beyond Spearpoint's base, starting an exile that will take him further than he could ever imagine. But there is far more at stake than just Quillon's own survival, for the limiting technologies of the zones are determined not by governments or police but by the very nature of reality---and reality itself is showing worrying signs of instability.

©2010 Alastair Reynolds (P)2010 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"A rousing adventure in a widly original setting." (Guardian, UK)

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    Dennis Dallas, TX 05-17-14
    Dennis Dallas, TX 05-17-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Confusing story"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Started and stopped several time. I just couldn't connect with this story no matter how much I tried.


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    Nurlip 05-07-14
    Nurlip 05-07-14
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    "Another good one by Reynolds"

    If you're familiar with Alastair Reynolds other books this one may surprise you. Its not the typical 'hard science fiction' that comprises most of his other novels but instead is more a hybrid 'old-style' epic journey set in an advanced society. The story is actually quite memorable as i listened to it several months before writing this review and I'm having no trouble recalling it as I go along. It is a bit slow moving at times, the beginning took a while to get into and there is so much detail shoved at you right away that names/terms may be confusing for a while. However, all of that is clarified after a short while and the typical immersion of Reynolds's other stories sets in. I highly recommend giving this one a go, just be patient with it!

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    Amazon Customer 04-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "unfulfilling"
    What would have made Terminal World better?

    This book was so disappointing. It just ended abruptly. You don't really learned much about the world where the characters lived. No why's or how's or closure. The main character was bland and uninteresting. I kept hoping that he'd get more interesting but I didn't really care if he lived or died during the finale of the book. I didn't care about any of the characters, even the child.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


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    Paul 04-17-14
    Paul 04-17-14
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    "Strange (but good) story in steampunkish setting."
    Any additional comments?

    I like the very slightly steampunkish world Al Reynolds created in this novel. There's lots to chew due to a wide variety of characters and motivations. The plot was well paced and not rushed to tie all loose ends at the end of the novel. Lots of detailed descriptions that make the book about twice as long as it needs to be.

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    pshlykov Nunawading, Australia 03-13-14
    pshlykov Nunawading, Australia 03-13-14
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    "Another good book by Alastair"
    Where does Terminal World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    "Terminal world" is a very good book featuring a deep, well thought through story. It's one of the books you want to open again after you closed it couple of minutes back to learn what happens next.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It has an interesting story with a lot of things to think about. Even in this book the author doesn't leave sci-fi component aside (although I haven't read many books like one).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I guess, the last couple of pages of the book (or the last chapter of the audiobook, to be correct), where... well I'd better let potential readers learn for themselves ;-)


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I'm not the best at this so I skip the question.


    Any additional comments?

    While I was expecting the book to be one of the space-opera it appeared to be an example of steam-punk. I was never a big fan of steampunk as a genre but I find the story to be very interesting and with time I definitely going to listen to it again (or maybe, read it, for a change)

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    Donald G. Dennis MD 01-31-14
    Donald G. Dennis MD 01-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Sci-fi sailing on angel's wings."
    Would you listen to Terminal World again? Why?

    I'm sure I'll listen to Terminal World again, there were so many cool treatments both of characters and of science fiction tropes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Terminal World?

    The reveal about the essential truth of Spearpoint is powerful, elevating the story from kit-bashed fantasy to masterful science fiction.


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    John Lee gives the characters personality thought their tones, inflection, and pace.


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    Tamara 01-27-14
    Tamara 01-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Strong beginning but never comes together"

    When the story first started, I was really enjoying it. But it kept adding on layers and new characters without resolving anything. It felt to me like a long story that ultimately went nowhere. Many reviewers have said this is not the author's best work, and I must concur.

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    Trigona 01-26-14
    Trigona 01-26-14
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    "Contemporary Sci Fi at its best"

    John Lee is a great narrator and does justice to an excellent book. Terminal World is amazingly inventive, the characters believable and I found it hard to stop listening.

    For the people who don't like the ending I have only this to say.... WTF!

    The logic of the book is impeccable although it does finish without explaining every possible permutation. The author is relying on you to use some of your own imagination, after all he has just delivered a masterpiece to you on a plate - surely that's not too much to ask.

    Brain eating machines, dirigibles, his version of Reavers, mysteries everywhere are found on this dying planet and yet Reynolds holds it all together. If you get this book and don't like it please disregard all of my reviews, we're obviously not compatible.

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    SciFi Kindle Cheshire, CT USA 01-22-14
    SciFi Kindle Cheshire, CT USA 01-22-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Multiple dystopian societies collide"

    An entertaining standalone story that draws on the fashionable genre of Steampunk without diving in entirely. By arranging his world and setting into 'zones' of technological disparity, Reynolds allows narrative room for various SF sub-genres and characters. I enjoyed it most when he was in fully far-future Space Opera mode, which was sadly the minority of this story. My opinion of the protagonist, Dr. Quillon, slowly soured, too, as the character became unconvincingly pure-hearted.

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    Michael 01-11-14
    Michael 01-11-14
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    "Solid Alastair Reynolds"

    While it started a little slow, that was good because it continued to build right up to the end. In fact, even though the author says this is a standalone book, I can see, actually would like to see a sequel. At the end I found myself wanting to know what laid ahead for the characters. Well worth the time to listen to this book.

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