House of Suns
Between discovering Reynolds and Banks, I feel like I'm in my own scifi novel Renaissance!
"I had already seen dozens of empires come and go, blossoming and fading like lilies on a pond, over and over, seasons without end. Many of those empires were benevolent and welcoming, but others were inimical to all outside influences. It made no difference to their longevity. The kind empires withered and waned as quickly as the hostile ones."
The above passage from House of Suns serves to illustrate the author's grandiose scheme for this book. The story spans millions of years and hund ...more
The House of Suns says screw it, we don't need no stinking FTL, and we're doing ...more
about 200,000 years or ...more
Of the Reynolds books I've read so far that are set in different worlds than Revelation Space, this is the most like his original signatu ...more
This is the kind of novel Reynolds was meant to write. Full of big ideas and wow scenarios. An unusual and entertaining focal character. A charming robot who's just a little bit quirky. A love story that transcends millenia. And a trip to another galaxy. The author puts it all together in a compelling read full of sfnal surprise and sense of wonder.
As always, there are the familiar Reynolds elements. Kilometers long space ships. No faster than light travel (except for one). Profound astronomical...more
"House of Suns" is big in every sense of the word, and it would have been easy to bury the characters, their feelings and relationships under the vast scope of time the story covers, the gigantic spaceships, the huge mysteries and conflicts.
That doesn't happen. Amidst the rise and fall of entire c ...more
House of Suns is another epic space opera. Our narrators are from a society of future humans struggling with emerging machine intelligences, other more exotic human iterations, family betrayals and old fashioned love affairs across the aeons.
Our huma ...more
That a progenitor fractured herself into a thousand male and female clones seemed in ...more
The path swiftly and inevitably led to Alistair Reynolds.
I started at the obvious place, the Revelation Space trilogy and my mind was promptly blown to pieces. House of Suns was supposed to be a quick Reynolds side-track before returning to the other Revelation space novels only to find what is so far the single greate ...more
And epic it is indeed. Spanning millions of years, House of Suns deals with space travel in a r ...more
Six million years from now humanity has spread throughout the galaxy using slower-than-light (STL) ships. (One of the nice things about Reynolds’ SF is that he’s scrupulous about obeying physical laws – at least as they’re understood today.) At the dawn of this era, Abigail Gentian was among a group of wealthy families that had themselves cloned so that they could wander across space observing the rise and fall of human & alien civilizations. Abigail created 1,000 clones – ...more
It's a great read, but you need a bit of basic sci-fi astrophysics and a very well-developed ability to suspend disbelief.
Many of the advanced concepts are well thought out, as you'd expect from an astrophysicist. Maybe some of the blips I noticed are in fact explained, but let's try some.
22-kilometre-long ships with one person on them? And we complain about 6-seater vehicles commuting with ...more
Епичните космически опери трудно пробиват до българския пазар в последните години, веднага се сещам май само за “Битие” на Дейвид Брин и “Червеноризци” на Джон Скалзи – и толкова. “Домът на слънцата” на Алистър Рейнолдс грейва като някакво ретроудоволствие – звучи толкова осемдесетарски, напомняше ми на класики като “Дюн” на Франк Хърбърт и “Играта на Ендър” на Орсън Скот Кард, няма как да не се направят връзки и ...more
House of Suns begins with an attempt to wipe out the Gentian line by mysterious att ...more
The only author that comes to mind that would even have a chance at rivaling this amazing book would be a book from Dan Simmons, perhaps the first or last book in the Hyperion Cantos, or maybe Illim or Olympos. Otherwise, this book runs unparalleled with other syfy books.
It is space opera through and through, but it will expand your mind in ways you never thought possible in regards to what is possible to write.
This is one ...more
House of Suns is set not just in the far future, but in the far future of a far future (as it were) where humans have colonised the galaxy. In addition to myriad planet-dwelling sub-species (some of whom are barely recognisable as human), there are the star-faring Lines, each comprising a thousand clones (or ’shatterlings’) of individuals who, six million years previously, set out to ...more
So with this book I toughened up again, but am doubtful because I really like it, and I've been feeling the ending all day.
This is a strong book from Reynolds. Different from Revelation Space, Cha ...more
It took me sometime to fall in with this, but I'm glad I stuck it out. It lags a bit in the middle portion but th ...more
I liked the way that there was a bit of fantasy intertwined in the story but all contained in a technologically feasible way. The main plot, however, concerns one of several groups of clones that travel the galaxy spending a l ...more
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