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Bright of the Sky (Entire and the Rose #1)

3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  1,797 ratings  ·  196 reviews
Kay Kenyon, noted for her science fiction world-building, has in this new series created her most vivid and compelling society, the Universe Entire. In a land-locked galaxy that tunnels through our own, the Entire is a bizarre and seductive mix of long-lived quasi-human and alien beings gathered under a sky of fire, called the bright. A land of wonders, the Entire is susta ...more
Hardcover, 453 pages
Published April 3rd 2007 by Pyr
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Aug 18, 2009 Jon rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jon by: Shannon
An interesting concept for speculative fiction involving an alternate universe crafted by an alien race but copied from bits and pieces of our universe. Even some of the sentient races and plant life mimic specimens from our dimension. But the physics of that realm defy understanding and twist sideways all familiar conventions.

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
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Far into our future, the world and the known galaxy is run by a bare handful of powerful corporations, the brightest people born, and machine sapients. The routes to the colonies on other planets are unstable: the K-tunnels (black holes) keep collapsing and whole shiploads of people are being lost. The company that controls the K-tunnels, Minerva, is struggling to hold onto its position and profits.

A machine sapient running a space station and stabilising a K-tunnel inadvertently stumbles across
Linda I
This is, without a doubt, the most painfully boring science-fiction novel I have ever sadistically forced myself to finish.

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
This is one of those unfortunate books where the promise of a fine story and impressive world-building is completely stifled by mediocre writing. There are some startlingly powerful images in the novel, and some impressive set pieces, but there is so much dreck that I wanted to give up on the book from the very first page.

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
3.5 stars. Excellent world building highlight this first installment. Will defintely read the second book in the series.
I was just glad to have it finished, which is probably not a good sign.

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
Zachary Jernigan
One of a few annotations from my MFA program, circa 2009-2010, that I'm including here on Goodreads because I recently stumbled upon them. Note: I may not agree with some of these opinions anymore...

While reading Kay Kenyon has been enlightening, I did not enjoy Bright of the Sky. It may seem odd to start out an annotation with this pronouncement, but I intend to back this seemingly subjective statement—argue my thesis, if you will—with many examples from the text. Furthermore, I feel it is an i
Twenty-fourth-century Earth, where society is organized by intelligence and aptitude, and corporations rule. A decommissioned pilot (the wormhole kind) is sent to an alternate universe as a corporate emissary, while personally he just wants to find his wife and daughter, missing there with a lot of his memories.

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
Ms. Nikki
1 1/2 Stars

A man named (damn, had to go look it up because I forgot already) Titus landed on another planet with his wife and daughter. Somehow he got back to planet earth minus said wife and daughter. The peeps here on earth thought he was crazy because he said he'd been gone 10 years when it hadn't been that long. Titus has forgotten everything about this new world.

Titus retreats into himself until 2 years later evidence is found that supports his story that he was in another world and they wa
(Originally reviewed on Otherwhere Gazette)

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
Glenda Christianson
Titus Quinn , his wife Johanna and 9 year old daughter Sydney are stranded in a parallel universe. That is where the similarities to other books I have read end.

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
This was one of the free books offered by Amazon Kindle. The premise captured my attention and I figured it would be a good read. It started off pretty decently with some action and the reader is introduced to a curmudgeonly fellow, Titus Quinn. It's pretty understandable why Quinn is such a tormented man, he lost his wife and daughter to a place that no one ever believes he went. After that introduction, it goes downhill. The book drags on mercilessly and I know Kay Kenyon is known for how she ...more
Disclosure: A couple of years ago, I read an ebook by a female author about transdimensional travel associated with a big, bad Company. I thought it was well written, but not quite my thing. When I saw this book, by a female author, about transdimensional travel associated with a big, bad Company, I thought it was the same writer, and figured "Hey, I'll give her another try." Turns out, not the same person. The names aren't even all that similar. But I didn't know that until, halfway through the ...more
Aug 16, 2012 C. rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: borrowed
I wanted to like this book. The author has built an intriguing world, and the plot looked interesting and complex.
Also, I love character-driven science fiction, which this is.
Unfortunately, I hate all the characters.
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Jared Millet
Now I remember why I stopped reading series. It's hard to evaluate Bright of the Sky as a novel, because it isn't one. It's Act 1 of a really big novel, and by the end the characters have only begun to develop and the plot is just starting to get interesting. Without being able to see the story as a whole, all I can really judge it on is the world-building, which is refreshingly original.

"The Entire" is the ultimate in Big Dumb Objects - an artificial universe created by a race called the Tarig
Maria M. Elmvang
I finally finished this today. It took me almost 2 weeks to read!! Very unusual for me. It wasn't that it was bad, it was just much too easy to put down. I wasn't intrigued by the plot, and with so many other books I also wanted to read, I kept procrastinating. But this week I finally told myself to shape up and finish it... if for no other reason, then for my own 'job satisfaction' ;-)

The plot was actually quite well thought out, but Kay Kenyon totally failed to make me care for Titus Quinn, an
Stephen Graham
My impression of this book likely suffered because it took me too long to read; it became something of a chore to get through.

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
I spent most of this book wondering if I liked it or not. It strongly reminded me of The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell (which I loved) though I'm not sure why. The Entire is a whole world that tunnels through our own (known as the Rose) unbeknownst to us, and is home to many strange beings, some wonderful, some cruel. I did enjoy her world-building, very much, as well as her word-crafting. The story itself I found vaguely depressing. Our world, the Rose, is portrayed as a dystopia with each pers ...more
Kae Cheatham
I downloaded this eBook after reading a blurb about it in Kindle Nations (I think).

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.

Why isn't
The book, while remarkably different, has many parallels to Clavell's Shogun. Yulin is in many ways similar to Yabu and the "lost in a foreign land" and "learning the language" aspects of the book are quite identical. This book is set apart from Shogun, but one can't help wonder if some plot devices were borrowed. At least the pace of Kenyon's book is more captivating than Clavell's. Such similarities fade by the middle of the book, however.

The language and flow of the book are excellent and th
This is Book 1 of the series, The Entire and the Rose by Kay Kenyon. Kenyon describes a world that is an entire universe governed by strange and fierce beings. While taking a lot of artistic license with scientific theories, she describes the effects of relativity and quantum mechanics without getting technically involved in the details while at the same time making the world very real and interesting. The story is absorbing, the book is not easily put down. If you enjoy sci fi, this is a great ...more
Kay Kenyon’s The Entire and The Rose series is one I have been meaning to get around to reading for a long but for one reason or another I kept pushing it back. I have heard so many good things about this series that I finally decided to purchase the Audio Book and enjoy it while driving to and from work.

The Bright of the Sky is the first of a four book series. Three of the four are currently in print with the fourth, Prince of Storms, due to be released in January 2010. In many ways The Bright
Really appreciated Kenyon's alternate world and her cool tech. She fully mines her vision of the future and brings her readers along for the ride. Less satisfying are her depictions of alien civilizations and her cookie-cutter characters. Still, Heinlein and Asimov weren't known for building believable characters either, now were they?

I especially enjoyed her sentient species that required human riders, reminiscent of Sheri Tepper's GRASS. And there's the rub. For Kenyon's worldbuilding can feel
Kay Kenyon has done it yet again...created a new world with new inhabitants and new crisies. Will Quinn choose the Entire or will he choose the Rose? What will Sydney do? And let's not forget Helice and her ambitions.
This is certainly different! I've read a lot of science fiction and fantasy, but nothing like this. If you're tired of the same old spaceships, sword and sorcery, or urban vampires, try this on for size.
Helen Sobel
Really enjoyed this whole series (4 books in all)
One of the better SciFi book of late.
Interesting universe, but I found it to be difficult to penetrate (sorry, this may be a terrible pun). Character motivations were so subtle that they were opaque. Things sounded cool but I had so much trouble understanding what the hell anything actually was. The bright? The River Nigh? The Entire itself? How does travel work? What are the Tarig? I've enjoyed sci-fi that didn't make a lick of sense to me before, so that shouldn't have been a barrier but I think that because none of the character ...more
Giving up on page 102 because I'm really bored. I am very willing to admit this is wildly not-my-thing, so maybe that's the reason, but admidst that, I also found it tremendously slow. After the first chapter of hardcore sci-fi crisis (and I hate starting with crisis, because I just met these characters, I don't care about them yet!) it meanders into four chapters of corporate bitchery and the middle-aged white dude wallowing in guilt about his fridged wife-and-child while playing with thousands ...more
I bought it on a whim when I saw the cover on Amazon which is simply dead gorgeous... The book is published by Pyr and hence is considered to be science fiction... I've never really liked science fiction but I still wanted to give it a go and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it felt more like reading a Fantasy book than a science fiction one.

It actually made me discover what Science Fantasy is and frankly I just LOVE it! It reminds me of what Japanese do with most manga... Always a su
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Kay Kenyon is a fantasy and science fiction author living in Eastern Washington. Her latest novel is Queen of the Deep, a fantasy about a young actress who opens the door to a Renaissance kingdom which is also an enchanted ocean liner.

In addition, she is the author of the fantasy A Thousand Perfect Things and ten science fiction novels. Connect with her here and at
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