Heaven's Reach (Uplift Storm Trilogy, #3)
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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 hu...more
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Published August 6th 1998 by Orbit (first published June 1st 1998)
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Ben Babcock
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Terence
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Peter
Jul 30, 2009 Peter rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: science fiction fans
I consider David Brin one of the three best genre writers among those who started writing after 1970 (the other two are Lawrence Watt-Evans and Steven Brust; Barry Longyear might be on that list except I think he started writing before 1970, and I haven't seen anything new from him in quite a while. Barry Hughart would be on that list if he hadn't had to give up writing due to his idiotic publishers).

I'm a huge fan of a lot of his work. His original Uplift trilogy is a favorite of mine. But I wa...more
Kaysea
After reading all 6 novels and the follow-up story from Brins Uplift universe "temptation" (All in a row!), I've come to the conclusion that Brin is not that great of a SF author as some people claim he is.

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
Steven
* Listen to the crash
* 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
Ben
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David B
David Brin picks up the strands of his story and follows his characters off the surface of the planet Jijo and into the cosmos. The crew of the Streaker, pursued relentlessly by a powerful Jophur dreadnought, searches for someone that can be trusted with the terrible secret they have uncovered. This desperate adventure coincides with the prophesied Time of Changes, a suitably cataclysmic event that answers most of the questions raised in the series and leaves a pleasant sense of ambiguity surrou...more
Eric
Aug 15, 2014 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who have finished the other books and would like some semblance of closure
Shelves: sci-fi
I trudged through 1000 pages, only to be firehosed with Brin's orgy of metaphysical mumbo-jumbo. I'm fine with that. I enjoy this Universe, even if I have to spend far too much time following pointless characters around as they do inconsequential things. Finally, after, I dunno, 1800 pages of Uplift universe content, we get to hear a little about the main thrust of the cosmos, rather than some quaint anachronistic backwater. And he pulls out all of the stops here, with his delving into the other...more
Martyn F
Do we need Harry? Do we need E-Space and allaphorics? No, alas we don't. David Brin started out this series with some interesting characters in a very interesting universe. But somehow the universe took a life of its own and the characters almost disappeared. A real pity!
Rob
I had loved the first Uplift books when I had read them 15 years ago. While reading this series I reread Startide Rising and realized it wasn't as good as I remembered. Brin just isn't that good of a writer. His ideas are often interesting and occasionally brilliant/fascinating. His plotting is only okay. His story arcs are interesting but his telling of them have so many holes and he often leads up to an event and then it happens "off- stage", as it were, and we are only told of it after the fa...more
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in January 2003.

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
Ken
So I've finished the second Uplift trilogy and I'm still a bit underwhelmed. First, what was good: Mr. Brin delves into some interesting concepts regarding the nature of sapience and ecological stewardship. He also investigates questions of tradition versus innovation in a long-term galactic civilization. Mr. Brin tries to portray a billion-year-old galactic civilization with an all-encompassing Galactic Library that believes that there is nothing new under the many suns. To his credit, he does...more
Victor
This was by far the WORST book of the new uplift trilogy. It's not that the story is bad, but the way it was told, the characters development and the book/series finale is downright awful.

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
Dark-Draco
The six book series finally comes to an end. The Streaker has made a desperate bid to escape Jijo, drawing the Jophur ship away from the hidden world, hoping to destroy it and themselves in the new transfer point opening in space, taking Sara of Jijo with them. However, ships already there give them another chance to flee and attempt once more to get their information out to the galaxies. Trapped aboard the Jophur ship, Lark finds unlikely allies, while Dwer has to use his hunters skills in the...more
Onefinemess
THERE'S MORE TO SEE HERE.

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.

HARSH.

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
Martin
The whole second "uplift" series by Brin, and especially this book, showcases both the inspiration and disappointment of sci fi. The imagination here is staggering -- he's actually created a whole Galactic sociology that kind of makes sense, a technically realistic way the universe could be full of life that all talks and interacts. I've read this book time and again for its scope -- hydrogen breathers, "transcendent" beings diving into black holes, etc.

But the way it's written is a big disappoi...more
Al

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

...more
Darth
This isnt the worst thing I ever read, but again, as with the other books in this series, it just didnt do much for me.

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
David Bonesteel
David Brin picks up the strands of his story and follows his characters off the surface of the planet Jijo and into the cosmos. The crew of the Streaker, pursued relentlessly by a powerful Jophur dreadnought, searches for someone that can be trusted with the terrible secret they have uncovered. This desperate adventure coincides with the prophesied Time of Changes, a suitably cataclysmic event that answers most of the questions raised in the series and leaves a pleasant sense of ambiguity surrou...more
Jason
6th and (so far) final book of Brin’s Uplift series. An intricately woven epic, a tremendous finale that heaps wonder upon wonder, crescendoing to staggering heights. A vibrant panorama of likable characters and alien races, hyper-aliens, meta-aliens, godlike-intelligences, sublime scopes, ancient cosmic mysteries, space battles and narrow escapes! Mind-expanding rip-roaring unapologetic space opera at its absolute very best!
Peter
This wraps up the trilogy as well as a lot of loose ends from the previous trilogy. As always I find this universe an imaginative and well thought out place. The basic story line is fun.

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
Jon
For someone who has been savoring this series (the original Uplift Trilogy and this second trilogy) for over ten years - I can say honestly that I was not disappointed in the least with this action-stuffed ending. Some loose ends are floating lazily out of sight like strings of buckyballs in the void, Tom Orley's fate for example - but I ended up sincerely not caring! The over-arching epic space opera is so mind-bending and fun that I'm inclined to forgive a rushed feeling in this novel due to t...more
Elar
Brilliant book that wraps up many loose ends (also from Uplift Saga Startide Rising) and shows us the greater goal toward which many unrelated adventures have weaved through trilogy. Saga's ending is not something totally new, but it is unexpected.

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
Titus Fortner
This book was great in many ways, but overall disappointing. It reminds me very much of Uplift War in that I developed emotional attachments to characters and plot threads that ended up getting changed in what feels like an arbitrary manner, which is wholly unsatisfying.

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
Lamar Latrell
It's interesting watching an astrophysicist learn how to be a writer. Over the course of the six books, you can almost see it happen in real time. The first book presented a novel idea; the last allows him to use that idea as a backdrop for a story. This was actually a good book. As good a book, I'd say, as the first. The first was good because of the novel ideas, this was generally well-written, the plot didn't get out of control, and for once, the pacing was fine. (If there's one critique I ha...more
Andreea Pausan
it is amazing when you finish a series and it expands your universe so you have more questions than when you began reading.Brin offers us a lesson in being a galactic citizen, away from our self-centered belief that we are alone in the universe. It's about understanding and tolerance, but also resilience and hope.
Elen
Heaven's Reach was pretty good and I liked the ending overall but it seemed like a really drastic change of pace for the most part. Literary whiplash.

Also, all the talk of memes and memoids just made me picture giant tfw heads, haha.
Rusty
May 31, 2011 Rusty rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves science fiction and fantasy. This is a wonderful adventure.
This is a wonderful read. Travel across space with Gillian Baskin who captains an exploring spacecraft after her husband and many of her shipmates disappear. She and her crew guard a precious cargo of relics that is to be shared among all species who live in space while each wants it only for itself. Meet Harry, a talking and thinking chimp whose travels in E space are exploratory, funny and exciting. Then there are the lovers, Lark and Ling, whose love for each other transcends all else. Lark w...more
Margaret
Chaotic. Too many characters, not enough resolution. Ironically, this is similar to the state the universe finds itself in, at the close of the story.
Vintagebarrio
This is a weird one, more a juvenile fantasy in some ways.

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
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