Heaven's Reach (Uplift Storm Trilogy #3)
The brutal enemy that has relentlessly pursued them for centuries has arrived. Now the fugitive settlers of Jijo--both hu ...more
I'm a huge fan of a lot of his work. His original Uplift trilogy is a favorite of mine. But I wa ...more
The only thing that kept me reading his Uplift books was his creation of this fantastic universe. His notion of clans, uplifting species and the terran ("wolfling")clan surrounded by hostility had so much potential to begin with ... but alas, it was never meant to be.
((WARNING some SPOILERS)) ...more
* Of breakers on yonder reef,
* And. tell me this ain't real! * So says Olelo, a dolphin crew member on one spacecraft on the last pages of the book, Heaven's Reach.
This is a difficult review for me. Brin's book, Uplift War is one of my favorite science fiction books. Heaven's Reach, continuing the same story three books later is a very difficult read. As other reviewers have said, there are way too many POVs.
Let me itemize the evidence for the crime of excessive POVs: Harry ...more
On a science fiction newsgroup recently, there was a post with the subject, "When did David Brin start to suck?" It rather crudely overstates the reality, but there can be no doubt that this novel (the only recent one of his that I have read) is less good than his early work. It comes at the end of the second Uplift trilogy, and not reading the first two (because of Cambridgeshire libraries' random acquisition policy) may mean I am being too h ...more
It seems like that this book was not about the characters, but about space and the hyper-space. If you look at this book as a philosophical book about space and hyper-space and travel in them, sprinkled with some story about some alien races, then it will be sort of ok. However, since this is a final book of a ...more
That's pretty much the takeaway from this. Brin "owes" us one more Uplift book or trilogy... right? I mean, he never got back to the half of the cast he left behind in Startide Rising. Maybe that's just how he rolls but still.
That closing paragraph. Grrr.
I built this one up a bit too much internally, I think. It couldn't live up to what I what I wanted. That or it wasn't quite as good as it should have been. A little of both, most likely. Most series finales ...more
But the way it's written is a big disappoi ...more
Winner of the Nebula and Hugo Awards, David Brin brings his bestselling Uplift series to a magnificent conclusion with his most imaginative and powerful novel to date--the shattering epic of a universe poised on the brink of revelation...or annihilation.
The brutal enemy that has relentlessly pursued them for centuries has arrived. Now the fugitive settlers of Jijo--both human and alien--brace for a final confrontation. The Jijoans' only hope is the Earthship Streaker, crewed by uplifted dolphi
Those crazy kids from Jijo are off on another unlikely adventure. They go places, do things, and in the long tradition of over-matched "good guys" in literature and film - they manage to overcome overwhelming odds and win the day, kind of. Sound like 1,000's of other things you have read? Yeah, me too...
There is so much in the whole trilogy and this book included, that just doe ...more
However it wasn't a perfect book. There are so many story lines that the author feels the need to recap what was happening with this group last time we saw them. When a given group may only be followed for two pages that means are recapping every two pages. I find this incredibly boring.
Also and this is a problem ...more
Through both trilogies author introduces many brilliant alien races, planet and space adventures, so that you want to keep on reading to see what happens next. It is good to see that humans are not demonized for gene manipulation and they are at least ...more
For as much as I enjoyed the Streaker's story and crew, all of E-space seemed unnecessary, and the hydrogen entities and pretty much the entire story on the Jophur ship seemed to go on forever without adding much to the overall ...more
However, the language theory parts are really intriguing.
And, I love the bio mimetic products that actually use a live animal by genetically modifying it instead of just duplicating it with artificial technology--like sunglasses that are alive--so fun these little details.
Honestly, I read Brin for those little imaginative asides and inventions more than for plot. The uplift concept is completely brilliant, but some of the characters ar ...more
Existence, his latest novel, offers an unusual scenario for first contact. His ecological thriller, Earth, foreshadowed global warming, cyberwarfare and near-future trends ...more