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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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    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

    I love Sci-Fi, Fantasy, History and Biographies.

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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

    I'm a Hard SF & Space Opera-loving, alien android from the future. I bring gifts of SciFi eBooks & accessories for your leader's Kindle. Take me to him/her/it.

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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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    George United States 12-09-13
    George United States 12-09-13 Member Since 2017
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    "I hate how good this guy writes."

    Alastair Reynolds is a great author. He's got a clean, concise style to all the books I've read from him. You shouldn't believe in the universe of this novel, but you do. I hate that he's probably smarter than I will ever be.

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    Eric United States 06-02-13
    Eric United States 06-02-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Another great book by Reynolds."
    Where does Terminal World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks in my top 20 SF reads.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cutter. This guy is tuff, determined and smart.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, John Lee is great.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no, but it made me dream.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read.

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    Dissipation 02-14-13
    Dissipation 02-14-13 Listener Since 2007
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    "Very Cool World"
    Any additional comments?

    Reynolds does a great job creating an interesting world. I hope he continues to write about it, but even if he does not I found the book quite satisfying and great imagination fuel.

    You can tell the Author had alot of fun with this one, and it was a nice change of pace from the big scope hard sci-fi that he does normally.

    If you're looking for good escapism/science fiction/fantasy I'd be pretty surprised if you were disappointed.

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    Robert Eric Koch MONTEVALLO, AL, US 08-15-12
    Robert Eric Koch MONTEVALLO, AL, US 08-15-12 Member Since 2013

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Reynolds' Foray Into Steam-punk Never Quite Works"
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    Terminal World can best be described as Alastair Reynolds marginally successful attempt to tap into the popularity of steam-punk SF. Perhaps the sub-genre itself is to blame since, in order for steam-punk to work properly within the context of science fiction story, one must forego a reliance on hard scientific explanations. This is the essential flaw in Terminal World – a deep dive into what is essentially a shallow pool. Reynold’s effort to explain his multi-layered, deeply historical, steam-punk world just doesn’t work most of the time and for every explanation he seems to raise a dozen questions that go unanswered so that by the time the novel concluded I was left scratching my head, wondering if I should expect a sequel to answer all these questions despite the fact that this felt very much like a standalone novel. The complex, often confusing world is the setting for a very common tale – a mysterious stranger goes on a quest and happens across a girl who is more than what she seems and could be the key the future of Terminal World. The hero’s quest is quite straightforward and doesn’t stray too far from the standard fantasy plot from which it draws inspiration. Despite its flaws, Reynold’s still has a knack for developing interesting, unique characters and this novel is no exception. The action sequences are spot on and despite the burden of scientific exposition the novel actually moves along quite nicely. Of all Reynold’s work this is easily his weakest and I would only suggest it for serious fans of the author. John Noble’s narration takes some getting used to.

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