The Quantum Rose (Saga of the Skolian Empire #6)
Kamoj Argali is the young ruler of an impoverished province on a backward planet. To keep her people from starving, she has agreed to marry Jax Ironbridge, the boorish and brutal ruler of a prosperous province. But before Argali and Ironbridge are wed, a mysterious stranger from a distant planet sweeps in and forces Kamoj i ...more
I read a sexist comment once online where a guy said that he thought that women science fiction writers seemed to all be inspired by "Star Trek". He obviously wanted to start a flame war, and I of course don't think this is true. [Let me just say here, I think Octavia Butler was one of the best science ...more
* The entire novel is an allegory for quantum scattering theory. This is a clever and unexpected device.
* The series brings back the old "space opera" style of science fiction. (Think "Star Wars.")
* The technology described in the books is much more carefully balanced with current scientific knowledge than in most "space opera" books.
And here's one reason why maybe it shouldn't have won a Nebula:
"If thwarted passion could have powered spa ...more
It’s a mostly nonsensical story about the whirlwind romance between a petite beautiful snowflake and her creepy husband (who buys her from her family with a room full of treasure, and literally tells her he almost just raped her but decided to marry her instead. AND THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE ROMANTIC).
Which is really too bad, because the unive ...more
The premise is good. Woman governs a small feudal province in the decaying remnants of what used to be a super-future human culture. Woman gets swept off her feet by warlord who turns out to be from space. Problems ensue.
It was good, but that book ended, ...more
I'm glad I kept reading -- the ...more
This is ...more
Corroboro lo que Diamond Star me indicó. Asaro se convierte en una de mis favoritas por saber mezclar con inteligencia historias de amor en escenarios de ficción. Aunque reconozco que es más que posible que estas historias las disfrute una gran minoría ya que los que leen s ...more
TRIGGER WARNING: This one has an abuser in the story line, as well as someone who's spent years enduring abuse, and has to come to grips with whether to break the cycle. I would be careful who I might recommend this book to, based on the trigger warning.
But if you are not someone who shoulders that type of sc ...more
The first half of this book was serialized in Analog and I read it a year ago. Since then I've read five or six more Skolian universe novels. I got the book, skimmed the first half and then really enjoyed the second half. The story is written from the perspective of Kamoj, a native of the world Balumil and the leader of the Argali province which has fallen on hard times. She is on the verge of a union with Jax Ironbridge of a neighboring land w ...more
Review by A.E. Hellar
I have been listening to the audio book Quantum Rose by Catherine Asaro over the last couple of weeks and I learned that the novel was first published in its entirety by Tor Books in 2000. In 2002, it won the Nebula Award for the Best Novel. Quantum Rose is the science fiction retelling of Beauty and the Beast which isn’t one of my favorite tales but I did like the Disney movie version.
The story centers on Kamoj Argali, a young 19 year old woman who is a governor of a poor p
Questo e' il primo vero romanzo di Catherine Asaro che appare in Italia, dopo il racconto lungo Il Ponte sull'Abisso. E anche questo, ad una lettura superficiale, sembra un romanzetto d'amore. Questa volta c'e' il classico "triangolo", e la soluzione finale sembra scontata fin dalle prime pagine.
In realta' non e' proprio cosi', anche se l'ardito paragone con l'interazione quantistica tra particelle, che viene illustrato ampiamente in appendice perche' ...more
A few thoughts:
- Like Ian M. Banks’ books (Consider Phlebas & Surface Detail ...more
Also, the author holds a Ph. D. in chemical physics from Harvard, won the Nebula award for this book in 2001, and is also a former ballet dancer. I think I'm in love.
Not sure about the allusions to "ancient Mayan culture," pretty wary of that. Another reviewer said they liked the dealing with colonialism/imperialism and having sovereignty threatened; I suppose, but it wasn't played up enough for me to feel actually politic ...more
I have continued reading science fiction off and on since then. Usu ...more
I didn't pick up any of Asaro's work after that until I started listening to the audiobooks of the Saga of ...more
I do love her Skolian Saga. I love the back story, the lost colony scenarios, the space opera, the romance and the Ruby heirs. Not every book is what I wa ...more
I love the cerebral themes underlying the fast-moving plot and well-drawn, complex characters:
- immersion into different cultures
- humans seeking freedom
- gender roles
- the nature of human relationships
- emotional distress and healing (caveat: there are some distressing abuse scenes)
She explains the themes: "So this arc ...more
Essendo un libro di fantascienza, mi aspettavo qualcosa alla Asimov (unico autore di fantascienza che abbia mai letto), che a dirla tutta non mi entusiasma poi tanto. Invece mi sono trovato davanti un vero e proprio Fantasy.
Partiamo con un accenno di trama:
Kamoj Quanta Argali è la governante della regione di Argali. Il suo popolo, o meglio, il popolo di tutto il suo mondo, è discendente di una misteriosa razza molto progredita, che ha lasciato alcuni “ ...more
One of the Ruby princes takes a recovery vacation in the province of a young leader, and for ...more
The author of more than twenty-five books, Catherine Asaro is acclaimed for her Ruby Dynasty series, which combines adventure, science, romance and fast-paced action. Her novel The Quantum Rose won the Nebula Award, as did her novella “The Spacetime Pool.” Among her many other distinctions, she is a multiple winner of the AnLab from Analog magazine a ...more