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After nearly twenty years, Vernor Vinge has produced an enthralling sequel to his memorable best-selling novel A Fire Upon the Deep.
Ten years have passed on Tines World, where Ravna Bergnsdot and a number of human children ended up after a disaster that nearly obliterated humankind throughout the galaxy. Ravna and the pack animals for which the planet is named have survived a war, and Ravna has saved more than one hundred children who were in cold-sleep aboard the vessel that brought them.
While there is peace among the Tines, there are those among them - and among the humans - who seek power… and no matter the cost, these malcontents are determined to overturn the fledgling civilization that has taken root since the humans landed.
On a world of fascinating wonders and terrifying dangers, Vernor Vinge has created a powerful novel of adventure and discovery that will entrance the many readers of A Fire Upon the Deep. Filled with the inventiveness, excitement, and human drama that have become hallmarks of his work, this new novel is sure to become another great milestone in Vinge’s already stellar career.
I've seen a few uncharatable reviews of this book mixed in to the many that suggest Vinge had a ghost writer. Truly, you can not please everyone. I saw no evidence of this.
This is a character story, a view of social dynamics, the community of belief , and how things always work out if you alter the definition of success. It is small in scope and personal.
If you're looking for a grand love story, an easy hero, or the triumph of dazzling technology this is not the book. If you want to follow the story that Vinge is telling and clearly has not finished then you can't miss this installment. I can't say that the book stands on its own because I came to it with the great saga the gave birth to it in my mind.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed this expansion of the classic 'A Fire Upon The Deep', but was a little disappointed in the choice of narrator. Don't get me wrong - Oliver Wyman is one of my favorites. Indeed, his performance's of the first two Safehold installments were brilliant, but I don't think he had the same energy as Peter Larkin had in 'Deep'.
That being said, the story was quite good, but not stunning. To be fair, all the mind blowing concepts were fleshed out in the first book, so you can't expect to be captivated in the same way.
also, I had a harder time visualizing the "Pack mind" in this offering than the first - not sure why.
All in all, not as good as 'A Fire Upon The Deep', but except for 'Aliens' and 'The Godfather Part 2', what sequel is ever as Good as the original. Anyway, it's well worth the effort.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
No conclusion brought to the original story.
The blighter fleet story is not furthered.
The intergalactic society story is not furthered.
Many elements are unnecessarily drawn out.
Seems like Mr. Vinge wants to stretch out his pay checks.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
A Fire Upon the Deep, and A Deepness in the Sky made Vernor Vinge one of my favorite authors.
Unfortunately, this The Children of the Sky was profoundly disappointing. The story was convoluted in ways that were ridiculous, and sometimes clearly just for the purpose of adding length. Characters behaved in ways that weren't plausible, and the end was a level of absurdity that left me feeling Vernor never really wanted to write the book to begin with.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I've been looking forward to this book for 20 years, and despite the high expectations, I was not in the least disappointed. Tines World, and the Tines themselves, are fleshed out in magnificent detail, with new insights on the distributed cognition that made their depiction in A Fire Upon the Deep so appealing. The deeply problematic legacy of the human refugees is also explored. Its interaction with brutal Tinish politics leads to plots within plots. Oliver Wyman does a wonderful job at making each of the many character voices distinct.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
What did you love best about The Children of the Sky?
Great story. Great return to Tines world. I enjoyed the book quite a bit.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
I really wish the narrator had listened to the narration of A Fire Upon the Deep and used the same pronunciation for the place and people names. The narration is really slow, but used the Audible app to speed it up by 1.5x and it was fine.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
There are some interesting ideas here, but the story focuses way too much on the less interesting facets and takes way too long to get there. Definitely a bit of a disappointment
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I loved this, for all the reasons I've loved the rest of the series. Vinge does what speculative fiction should do, which is to make you think. He anticipates much of what is happening today, but doesn't lecture on the theories or math or brain organization behind what he's saying. The Tines ability to form essentially one brain from several creatures is a very interesting twist, and makes you think a lot about how human brains are put together. Don't we often feel like we are a collection of sometimes warring pieces?
The characters are fun, and not overly complex. In other words, good entertainment. Some of my favorite other speculative authors are amazing, but it takes a lot of concentration (and taking notes) to keep the entire plot straight. Vinge is a good listen while, say, doing dishes or some boring task, without requiring my entire attention.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Vernon buddy, what happened here?!
The first two books in this series showed an incredible depth of imagination, and vision of distant reaches of humanity that I found completely captivating.
With exception of a few glimpses into the tech and history of the humans of the High Beyond, this book is a reread featuring recycled villains, themes, and a metric ton of pointless drama. The protagonists are all indecisive, introverted, and downright inept most of the time. Plot feels completely reactionary to the antagonists actions, our heros seem to have no goal beyond surviving the latest predicament. Contrast this to the previous books, and you may be as frustrated as I was while listening to this.
Worst of all though; even after reopening a few chapters we thought closed in the previous book, very few solid conclusions are reached at the end of this rather long listen. So while I gave the first two installments perfect 5-star reviews and will be listening again, this one's a 2.5
The first 2 books were so grand, true space opera. Inept waiting for something major to happen and of never did. The premise on the race is very interesting and exploited very well but the acalwe of the story is a letdown.
This is the third book in a series entitled Queng Ho; the first two having been written in the 1990s. It is a novel that can be enjoyed stand-alone; pretty much the situation for me as I had read the other two way back when they were published. The storyline is planet-bound, situated in one of the author’s galactic “zones” where only very basic technology will function. It recounts the interactions of a native intelligent species and a group of refugee humans that crash-landed there a decade earlier (that crash-landing being part of the plot from the earlier books).
What Vernor Vinge has created here is a masterpiece. His development of the planet’s indigenous species is utterly superb. The ecology of the planet itself is richly described. The various relationships between humans and natives are complex. The underlying story is intriguing and full of twisting plots. On top of this is a first-class narration from someone who fully understands what he is reading. I can report no flaws whatsoever and I highly recommend this book to everyone.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Really struggled to finish. Loved the first two. this however was so drawn out and padded with political corruption and vanity, those parts get so boring! i found myself skipping foreward more and more frequently looking for an end of an scene. If i want politics ill watch the news. Only upside: decent narration. verdict: ask for a refund.
really enjoyed a deepness in the sky but this was hard to love. long rambling story with no thrills or deep issues to ponder. dog lover's perfect sci fi though I expect. and narration was really difficult to listen to, as if he was reading the words not the meaning. the last word in every phrase ends with a kind of up down up sing song. it's no substitute for proper phrasing, varied pace, an effortful embrace of the story.