The Children of the Sky (Zones of Thought #3)
After nearly twenty years, Vernor Vinge has produced an enthralling sequel to his memorable bestselling 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 surv
If you liked AFUtD for the peeks into the connected, multi-civilization melange of super tech species and near godlike transcended Powers, and the desperate flight of the rescue ship "Out of Band II" from the voracious Blight that was shut ...more
That's how I felt upon getting into The Children of the Sky. Vinge has produced two of the best books I've ever had the pri ...more
I have seen some fairly critical reviews of The Children of the Sky, but it seems that in general they do not criticize the book for what it is but rather because it is not what they wanted it to be. Vinge fans have been waiting for this book eagerly, because the other two books in the series were so good.
My impression, though, is that there seem to be (at least) 3 kinds of readers involved, and we were anticipating 3 different books. First, there are the people interested in the al ...more
To me it felt like the story suffered from Secondbookitis. It seems pretty clear that there is going to be a sequel, but this book just didn't know what to do in the interim. It was interesting to see how the humans were bo ...more
I should have reread A Fire Upon The Deep first, but it wasn't absolutely necessar ...more
Both are sequels to exciting, mega-hit sci-fi novels involving space travel, action-packed battles, changes of locale, and more.
Both sequels are confined to one particular planet, confined to the politics and relations between humans and one particular alien race.
Both sequels, while somewhat well-written, are slow and mundane compared to the first novels they follow.
My main problem with the book was the plot or st ...more
That's why I'm a bit pissed, ...more
Unfortunately, this story is a disappointment. It leaves behind the scope of the first ...more
So it's hard not to approach this new book without some seriously inflated expectations. I feel that that's what's behind some of the 2- and 3-star reviews here. And who can blame them? This story doesn't come close to the scope of the other two--it takes place entirely on one planet (how ...more
I so, so wanted to love this book. Vernor Vinge is a great author, and the other books in the Zones of Thought series serve as shining examples of the very best that science fiction has to offer. But while Children of the Sky is by no means a bad book, it is thoroughly average. The characters lacked life, the dialog was awkward, the plot twists alternated between being incredibly obvious and incredibly contrived, and on the whole it lacked the sense of ...more
There are two big drawbacks to this book. One is the glacial pace (I easily skimmed at least a hundred pages in the middle of the novel with no loss). Antagonists who are so obviously evil that they should've been dispatche ...more
There's a lot of five-star in this book, but also quite a bit of three-star.
Surprisingly few reviewers have noted how interesting the exploration of the Tines concept is. I smiled every time I read "One of X came closer" or ...more
The book starts out as a 2 star rating (for me) until about page 150. Then things got rolling pretty well. That is because the story is about a small surviving group of humans on a foreign world. The inhabitants of that world as very different from us and it ...more
Unfortunately, the book was far less compelling than its forbear. The politics and betrayals and long fought-for coups that marked Fire upon the Deep and Deepness in the Sky seem almost... transparent here. There were times when I put the book aside knowing ...more
I remember the idea of a race like the Tines blew my mind when I read Vinge's first story about that world. This book seems less wildly inventive than Vinge usually is, because the setting itself has no major completely new races, technologies or other sci-fi bells and whistles. The setting limits the bells and whistles because the book set on a world where the main species is technologically behind humans ...more