Bright of the Sky (Entire and the Rose #1)
I was unconvinced of the protagonist's passion and devotion to his obsession. Frankly, the characters bored me. No spark of compassion flamed to life in my heart for Quin...more
A machine sapient running a space station and stabilising a K-tunnel inadvertently stumbles across...more
Also, I love character-driven science fiction, which this is.
Unfortunately, I hate all the characters.
Literally, all of them. The viewpoint switches from one person to another, and every single one of them, once we're in their heads, turns out to be a horrible, horrible person. The best of them are either petty and self-interested, or people with at least one good inte...more
Arthur C. Clarke once famously said, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Author Kay Kenyon has created a universe where the technology is just that advanced, so that it feels more like a fantasy realm than a science fiction realm.
That universe is called the Entire, and the inhabitants of the Entire call our own universe the Rose, which is where the name of the series comes from: The Entire and the Rose. The first book...more
I debated on whether Bright of the Sky was a 3 star or 4 star book. In the end I decided that the pros outweighed the cons and rated it 4 stars.
The world-building in the story is outstanding. Kay Kenyo...more
The Bright is a manufactured (or manipulated?) universe that exists next to our own. The rulers of this univers...more
Before I rant about why I did not like this story, let me first account for what I thought were its merits, few though they may be. While the premise of alternative universes is a fairly well-developed landscape for science-fiction settings, Kenyon does create a plausible job of world-building within this framework (this is, apparently, the area of writing in which she is m...more
If you read science fiction mainly to explore well-imagined alien worlds, there is a fair amount here to enjoy. It takes 77 abysmal pages to finally reach the Entire, but when...more
Bright of the Sky, Kay Kenyon's seventh novel, took critics by surprise. Compared to works by Frank Herbert and Philip Jose Farmer, this impressive first installment in a planned four-part series won them over with its riveting plot, vividly imagined alternate universe, and exotic alien denizens. Titus Quinn is a charming anti-hero, fully fleshed-out and likable; Kenyon's secondary characters are also convincing and memorable. One critic felt that some narrative jumps were confusing, and the Was...more
But there were an awful lot of unpleasant characters in the book, both human and alien. [spoiler]The pro...more
Titus Quinn has traveled to an extra-dimensional world. When he returns to Earth, he is speaking a gibberish language, an...more
The major weaknesses are an unsympathetic protagonist and a structure overly dependent on being the first book in a series. There are major plot elements that lead nowhere significant within the bounds of the book, primarily the segments devoted to Sydney but also the import of the plotline regarding Small Girl. It's easier to see where Sydney's strand will go; one hopes...more
The plot was actually quite well thought out, but Kay Kenyon totally failed to make me care for Titus Quinn, an...more
Huh, okay. It's the first in a quadrology, which explains why it feels about 95% setup, though the series plot does eventually show up at the end. And this is a creative book – the altern...more
The Setting: The new universe, called the "Entire"is described in vivid detail. The book flips back and forth between a future day earth and the parallel universe. The Entire is described in vivid detail and it allowed my imagination to take over and form a three dimensional planet as I read.
I found some of the more "scientific" explanat...more
In a somewhat dystopic vision of a future Earth, a powerful company learns of an alternate universe called the Entire. They want to use the Entire as a shortcut to distant stars. So, they seek out the one person who has been there before--Titus Quinn, an embittered ex-pilot whose last foray into the Entire resulted in him returning withou...more
Interesting premise, plot was decent, some very good alien creature and world building, but I simply could not relate to the characters. There was a lot of telling the reader how the characters felt (particularly toward each other), but not a lot of showing. Actions speak louder than words, right? I often found myself thinking, "What?? Where did THAT come from?" Having not seen the emotion between characters develop over tim...more
I liked the writing, the concept and the characterizations. The beginning was a bit slow, with the introduction of characters that weren't even necessary to the true story. The point of view shifted a lot, and it took me many pages before I realized who was the main protagonist. Once I got to that point, I found the action very dynamic; it kept me "turning" the pages and wondering what would happen next.
The novel is a blend of science fiction and fantasy, the latter coming into play becau...more
On one hand, the extra-dimensional world created by Kenyon and I thought she created some characters that drew my interest. At the same time, the book sometimes became so caught up in laying out that other world that at times the story would drag.
Also, for every character that had depth and appeal, there were several more that were very one dimensional. Not that it was always a bad thing....sometimes you need some characters that lack depth to guide...more
I liked the way Kenyon added bits and pieces of the story from minor and secondary viewpoints, though I was a bit bored with the bits back on Earth while the protagonist was in th...more
I've never heard of this author prior to my download. However, I decided to give her a chance because this is a free download on Kindle and the product description was intriguing.
The book started off slow, there were many parts of this book that felt like the story was just crawling along and the world-building depiction was over done and cumbersome.
I stuck with this book solely because the concept of another universe outside of our own fascinated me. This book was so slow it took...more