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Catherine Asaro
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The Quantum Rose (Saga of the Skolian Empire #6)

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,587 Ratings  ·  103 Reviews
A New Adventure in the Saga of the Skolian Empire.

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
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Aug 10, 2010 Jon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Here are a few reasons why it may have won the Nebula:

* 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
Dec 25, 2008 Matt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fantasy
I picked this up because it was a Nebula Award Winner, and as a public librarian I need to read a diverse body of literature. My diversity unfortunately just happens to be within science fiction.

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
This novel has a really cool science fiction backdrop but a really insipid plot. In this case, you really can judge a book by its hilariously terrible cover.

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
A book of the "Saga of the Skolian Empire" series, 'The Quantim Rose' is a book that probably requires a rudimentary background knowledge of the series to understand the full story. Overall, at it's core, it's a story of a romance between two worlds and cultures that go horribly wrong; which, our two protagonists struggle to overcome to change things for the better. Fans of Star Trek's "The Prime Directive" might find this of interest when the spirit of that rule is not followed in this book.
Apr 11, 2007 Benjamin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of tedious, formulaic science fiction
Shelves: fantasy
About halfway through this interesting, but deeply flawed work, I said, "this would be better if the writer could write artfully." But then the plot took a sharp left into being about something else entirely, and I had to force myself to finish.

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,
Feb 23, 2013 Renee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I feel a bit sorry for this book. It came in while I was waiting for A Dance with Dragons so I got just a few pages into it when I put it down again. And I'll admit that, even when I started it again, it took me quite a few chapters to actually feel committed to finishing the book. What I realized, thankfully, was that it's been a very long time since I read a book set in a world that I'm unfamiliar with. A long, long time. That was a jolting realization of itself.

I'm glad I kept reading -- the
Barry Behrmann
Sep 01, 2009 Barry Behrmann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rivets. I recently heard that it's the telltale sign that differentiates the two main scifi genres. If the cover art has rivets then the book will be a science-based scifi story, and if it doesn't then it'll be a fantasy-based scifi story. I'm a fan of rivets. On my continuing quest to read all of the Hugo and Nebula Award winning novels, though, I came across the Quantum Rose. My initial impression of the novel before I even cracked the cover... no rivets. Regardless, I'm glad I read on.

This is
Jun 19, 2010 Brandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Impresionante. Me quedo con ganas de leer más de Asaro pero lamentablemente no va a ser tarea fácil. Sólo me queda un título y estoy esperando a que lo salden (Inversión primaria). Y a continuación, intentar leerlos en inglés.
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
Apr 18, 2012 Cat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In what I now think of as "Catherine Asaro style," she jumps to another portion of her universe, creating another puzzle piece that will (hopefully?) tie together more portions of the saga.

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
John Loyd
Apr 07, 2015 John Loyd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Quantum Rose (2000) 381 pages by Catherine Asaro

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
Apr 27, 2015 Fátima marked it as abandonados  ·  review of another edition
Lo he intentado: he llegado hasta el 40% de la historia, pero ya no puedo más. Empecé este libro, lo admito, por ser ganador de un premio Nebula. Así que no tenía ni idea de que es, en realidad, una novela romántica al uso; hasta donde yo he leído, la autora sólo utiliza la ciencia ficción para la ambientación. Por lo demás, tiene todo lo que se puede esperar de una novela romántica “tradicional”: la chica guapísima, desvalida y en apuros que todos los hombres desean, el héroe guapísimo y atorme ...more
Michele (Mikecas)
Aug 08, 2014 Michele (Mikecas) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantascienza

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'
The Quantum Rose, by Catherine Asaro, follows the blossoming love of Kamoj and Vryl, a woman and man from two vastly different cultures on vastly different planets. They’re pulled apart by cultural forces, by diplomatic obligations, by jealousy. They’re attracted to one another on a deep level, they resonate. Also, Asaro reveals at the end of the book that the chapter structure is also a parable for particle physics.

A few thoughts:

- Like Ian M. Banks’ books (Consider Phlebas & Surface Detail
Dec 15, 2015 Elar rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First half of the book was a good medieval style romance adventure novel with nice scifi insights, second half was more about resistance to foreign forces which was more like pushing down Berlin wall or Baltic singing revolution and reading that was not that interesting.
Feb 17, 2009 Jim marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Quantum mechanics, Aztec mythology and a romance novel all in one? Why wouldn't you want to read it?

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.
Mar 29, 2015 Allie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Quantum Rose tells the story of a young female ruler on a backwater world, who is swept off her feet by an off-worlder telepath of the Skolian Empire’s ruling family. I think The Quantum Rose stands alone well enough to be read outside the series (though it does contain spoilers of previous novels), but some familiarity with the general setup of the universe would come in handy. The story is mostly a conventional sort of romance, so I think it would probably fall more into the tastes of roma ...more
May 24, 2015 Cory rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, series
Great setting and background, a really fun is-this-fantasy-ah-wait-there's-the-scifi. Intense abuse/rape storyline, which I found realistic (actual use of the word "dissociating"? the sense of being lost in conflicted awful feelings! yeah).

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
Mark McFaddyn
A science teacher I had in elementary school thought I would really science fiction. He introduced me to it (beginning with A Wrinkle in Time). He was right, and I devoured all the classic stuff I could get my hands on from elementary school through high school. I preferred the hard science novels, yet a well-done fantasy with created worlds fascinated me, too (though the bar was set high with Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy.

I have continued reading science fiction off and on since then. Usu
Joe Karpierz
Mar 15, 2014 Joe Karpierz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember first reading a portion of THE QUANTUM ROSE when it was first serialized in Analog way back when I was a subscriber to the print version of that magazine. I never did finish the story then, and I'm not particularly sure why. It might be because I'd let my subscription lapse before it finished, or because I was lost and didn't know what was going on, or maybe I just lost interest.

I didn't pick up any of Asaro's work after that until I started listening to the audiobooks of the Saga of
Sep 22, 2014 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I usually upgrade my ratings of Catherine Asaro's books after I think about them for a while, so I'll start this one at four stars. It felt like a three, as in I liked the book enough to finish it, but I wasn't blown away. I didn't love it. But afterwards, I thought about it and that's what always happens with Asaro's books. I think about them.

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
One of the things I like best about Catherine Asaro's books is the mix of incomprehensible quantum physics, great plots and story lines, and the romantic-science fiction genre.

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
Maurizio Vicedomini
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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 “
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]Many years ago, when this book originally won the Nebula, I read it and was distinctly underwhelmed. But that was in the days before my bookblogging became serious; now that I am almost finished working through the Nebula winners, I felt I owed it to the book (and to its author, who engaged with me very gracefully and decently over my criticism) to give it another try.[return][return]Well. In fairness the novel itself is not all that bad, ...more
Maria Beltrami
Un bel romanzo a cavallo tra fantascienza classica e cyberpunk, in cui si descrive un classicissimo triangolo amoroso, complicato dallo spazio, da imperi spaziali, da mondi terraformati, da creature geneticamente modificate in vari modi, la cui trama è costruita utilizzando gli stati quantistici, muovendo quindi i tre personaggi principali come se fossero particelle e facendoli interagire in modo quantistico.
Alla fine, ovviamente, il vero amore trionfa, così in cielo come in terra.
Feb 11, 2016 Bri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sounded like a good pulpy plot but its use of rape as a plot device was off-putting. The female protagonist was not particularly interesting; nor did she change or develop much through the story. I know that her origins painted her as docile because her ancestors were supposed to be docile, but docility=boring, especially for a love story.

From a romance perspective, didn't care for insta-lust on the part of the male protag. He just wanted to bang her and so he married her. That's...pretty much a
Mar 08, 2016 Annie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, romance, sci-fi
There's a lot to like about "Quantum Rose," but I think what I liked best was how it totally immerses the reader in a sci-fi world that exists in a time and galaxy far, far away, but it doesn't sacrifice plot and character at the expense of world building. It is equal parts romance and science fiction. The story is driven by character motivations and emotion, but as it is revealed how those things have been manipulated through science, it is up to the characters to either give into it or find so ...more
Amanda Meggs
For some reason this book has very mixed reviews. I held off reading it because the Scolian Empire books are in such mixed order, and i prefer to read a series in order. I've been stuck in a mystery book rut and this one has just brought me back to sci fi. I liked the characters and the world building at the beginning, my only complaint was the very abrupt ending i thought there was definitely still story to tell.
Jul 28, 2013 Willie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You don't usually expect books that win Nebula Awards to be a romance story as well, but The Quantum Rose is one of my absolute favorite books of all time because of its genre mixing. I sat down to read this book after dinner one night (because it was a Nebula winner, not because I knew it was going to be a romance), read it straight through, when I closed the book and looked up, it was 3 in the morning. I hadn't gotten up or even moved at all for the past 7 hours. It's a version of Beauty and t ...more
Sep 06, 2010 Bruce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While having a relaxing swim Kamoj Quanta Argali, the governor of Argali, and her bodyguard are surprised by a group of riders led by Havyrl Lionstar, who appear on the other bank of the river. Embarrassed by the intrusion, Kamoj quickly gets out of the water and dresses, but by the time she joins her bodyguard, the riders have left. Lionstar, who has recently arrived from another world, is notorious for being both rich and rude. As if this breach of privacy wasn’t humiliating enough, on the way ...more
Nov 11, 2011 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Other Books in the Series

Saga of the Skolian Empire (1 - 10 of 31 books)
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  • The Last Hawk (Saga of the Skolian Empire, #3)
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