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Mother of Storms

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  1,054 ratings  ·  42 reviews
In the middle of the Pacific, a gigantic hurricane accidentally triggered by nuclear explosions spawns dozens more in its wake.

A world linked by a virtual-reality network experiences the devastation first hand, witnessing the death of civilization as we know it and the violent birth of an emerging global consciousness.

Vast in scope, yet intimate in personal detail, Mother
ebook, 576 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Tor Books (first published 1994)
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This book is crazy, disgusting society mixed together with incredibly well-researched meteorology. You wouldn't think that would make a good novel, but I couldn't put it down, and re-read it often.

I've read quite a few of Barnes' novels, and he clearly is very serious about his research. Mother of Storms has (as far as I as a layperson can tell) an incredible level of detail and accuracy in the science. Every plot point is backed up with huge amounts of science info-dump that somehow manages to
Invadozer Saphenousnerves Circular-thallus Popewaffensquat
Out of the 3 other end civilization via weather, (Lucifer's Hammer-
Niven/Pournelle, Psychlone-Bear, Heavy Weather-Sterling) this one
takes the cake. Brushing into a handful of peoples lives all who are
connected by jobs, media, or relation they are directly affected by
events surrounding the bombing of the artic by the UN. This bomb
dropping not only knocks out the Siberian threat of war, it releases
a big methane gas pocket stuck under the ice causing heat in the
atmosphere and the worlds biggest hur
A clunky kitchen sink novel about catastrophe, salacious sex, and gritty businessisms contrived only for the sake of getting attention, with no thematic cohesion or style. Lots of bad stuff happens worldwide, but the author isn't able to convey this emotionally or globally. If you want to read a good kitchen sink novel about weather, sex, and grit, skip this and go immediately to River of Gods by Ian McDonald.
Immense. That's the best word I can think of to describe this story.

At first glance, it's the story of an apocalypse -- a nuclear attack accidentally releases enough methane into the air to cause catastrophic global warming and resulting hurricanes.

But it doesn't take much of a peek beneath the surface to see that this story is a classic scifi lover's utopia. Who are we? Where are we going? What is the nature of humanity? I got all this and more as I slowly grew to realize that the apocalypse
So, you're in the mood for some apocalyptic meteorology! Do I have a book for you. An accidental nuclear strike in the Arctic has released millions of tons of methane into the environment, melting the ice of the North Pole and disrupting ocean currents. This causes 200 mph hurricanes which wipe entire Pacific islands down to bare rock and kill millions of people, while a listless population sits glued to their virtual-reality goggles.

It is just... great/awful. Grawful? The content is incredibly
Mar 25, 2014 Amy marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
Six pages in, I get to read about the bloody and violent rape and murder of a minor girl. Nine pages in, a lovely gentleman refers to a woman as, "some upper-level bitch." "It's gotta be some woman," that gives this prince his "shit assignments." Because obviously a man would see his worth, right? On pages 10-14 I get to read about some sex-obsessed guy fantasizing about sex with his girlfriend. During this time he muses with respect to her, "There's a lot of easier ass in the world."

I'm sorry,
I've had the paperback version since it was released in 1995, and I've re-read it and passed it back and forth to friends so many times in the intervening years, that my copy is quite tattered. This is an excellent read. Well-written characters that you find yourself really rooting for and a fast paced plot that keeps you up til all hours because you just have to find out what happens next. If you like well thought out near-future disaster books with characters you actually care what happens to, ...more
I accidentally re-read this book and it took me a fair ways into it to decide whether I was pleased or dismayed to be doing so! The first thing I remembered was it was overly ambitious...too many characters and subplots. He tied them all together but I question their necessity. I really enjoyed the Carla/Louie parts with their almost casual transcendence into Singularity. Very Charles Stross Accelerando! However, the total lack of reaction to this eye-popping occurrence among the government and ...more
Cameron Shea
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Christopher Clark
The most amazing part of this book is that it was written in 1994. His distopian futuristic society is sadly coming true. In our world, human trafficking and women on webcams is very real and a huge billion dollar enterprise. Once virtual reality arrives, you know porn will soon dominate that too.

I am a bit surprised reading all the whiny reviews on this site, but they miss the point of Barnes portraying how screwed up their society really is. I think he painted an excellent picture of how bad o
One of my favorite near future scifi books of all time. Love the way Barnes thinks!
Eight years since I last read this? Time for a re-read.
Roddy Williams
Barnes is not one of those authors who finds a particular niche within the genre and fills it with novels of a similar style and content. His work includes the Galactic Human Society of ‘A Million Open Doors’ and ‘Earth Made of Glass’, the parallel universes of ‘Finity’ and here, a near-future disaster novel in which a small nuclear explosion in the Arctic releases a huge amount of methane trapped in the polar ice.
The consequence of this is that Hurricanes, of a size and ferocity never before se
Geweldig! Eindelijk het boek uit!

Om te beginnen had je de teleurstelling dat er een vleug cyberpunk in het boek zit (XV, DATARODENTS, BLA BLA BLA), en dan ook nog eens dat de storm naar mijn smaak veel te veel op de achtergrond wordt gedrukt door de schrijver. En er zijn geen hoofdstukken die het verhaal fatsoenlijk opdelen. En waarom is iedere paragraaf maar een pagina of 2? Met iedere keer een andere situatie en hoofdpersoon (leest heel chaotisch)? Waarom is er zoveel doelloos gezever? Waarom
Ce roman raconte donc comment, en 2028, suite à une attaque des forces de l’ONU contre un dictateur sibérien, des quantités incroyables de méthane ont été relâchées dans l’atmosphère, provoquant la création de cyclones surpuissants à la pelle, ainsi que la destruction de nombreuses villes/nations/personnes, et tout un tas de situations dramatiques propres à réveiller la fibre héroïque qui someille en chacun de nous.
Bon, j’ai un avis plutôt mitigé sur le bouquin. En effet, il y a de très bonnes
Lynne Premo
Mother of Storms is like a good vegetable soup -- lots going in the pot, melding together somewhat, but retaining unique flavors and textures. This story's cup runneth over with different subplots -- corporate malfeasance, artificial intelligence, bread and circuses, violent pornography, religious crazies, political machinations, college students trying to get laid, employer exploitation, revenge, global poverty and war, the Singularity, insane beauty standards, parent-child bonds, racism, natio ...more
It's a good thing I read the Daybreak series first. I would have never picked it up after reading this book. Whether the hypothesis of this story is possible or not it is told with mind numbing technical detail. The editor of this book should have taken a meat cleaver to many of the technical explanations. With all that detail it leaves no space to really develop enough of the characters adequately. Let's hope that the world of communications does not develop as it did in the future now only 13 ...more
I'm a big fan of John Barnes' novels in general, but Mother of Storms wore me out. And, in the end, the things he spent the most words on in this long self-conscious-blockbuster of a novel just weren't the things I wanted to read about (for example, I could have done with a lot less of the escapades of Synthi/Mary Ann & Jesse, and more of some of the other characters).

But then, there are a number of potential novels in here -- on more focused on Di Callere would have outdone Kim Stanley Robi
3.5 stars.

For a book about giant hurricanes causing massive destruction there is an awful lot of violence and graphic rape.

There's an awful lot of dry science sounding stuff.

XV sounds interesting but I'm not sure I buy that people would stay plugged in when they were in actual danger. Or at least, not that a huge percentage of people would do it. But then, I also don't buy that the government (any government) would permit that kind of technology without some way to interrupt for emergency broad
This was a slick story about climate change and the biggest hurricane anyone has ever seen. The hurricane starts off in the middle of the Pacific ocean, triggered by some nuclear explosions. Eventually it spins off many more hurricanes.

One of the things that makes this story really interesting aside from all of the carnage is that at this point in time (near future) the entire world is linked by a virtual-reality network, so everyone can experience the devastation as if they were living through
A military action results in rapid escalation of ocean temperatures which seeds superstorms that threaten much of earth's population. But as it turns out, this is more that just a disaster novel. It turns out also to carry a plot that ranges from the realm of cyber-reality to deep space. Despite such disparities, the story holds together well. A wide cast of characters hold varying interest, and while there is a startling turn-of-events about 50 pages from the end, the conclusion itself felt som ...more
Jeanne Boyarsky
There were a number of stories within that tied together. I could have done without the rape stories. It's easy to imagine tying together the stories in another way.

The rest of the book was good. There was a lot of science in the book - hopefully correct science. The implications of monster hurricanes were a little too real. But they weren't as scary as they could have been.

It was a logical way to shore how a high consciousness could emerge. Without too many leaps of faith. And the ramifications
Nach den ersten 70 Seiten kann ich kaum glauben, dass das Buch 1994 geschrieben worden ist.
Nach 733 Seiten habe ich das Buch durch und kann es immer noch nicht glauben.
Einige Passagen sind etwas langwierig und durchgeknallt, aber voller genialer Einfälle.
Ich werde definitiv mehr von John Barnes lesen.
Joshua Bennett
John Barnes is a wonderful writer. This book is an ecological thriller of the best order. Storms gone mad, eco systems in jeopardy, and the rest of the world is a mess as well. It is a fairly fast read, and the characters are flawed that makes them more believable.

In these current times of ecological disasters this book gives a small glimpse into what may play out in our very near future, weather wise. The other points in the book, well, you can decide for yourself how close to reality that may
What a mix of end of the world climate change, extremist capitalists vs extremist Deepers (can't really figure out what to call them, not liberals, not environmentalists, maybe one worlders?) vs extremist nationalists, with a soupçon (or maybe more) of pornography, murder and the kitchen sink.

Amazing. And I forgot to mention, when was the last time NOAA was the hero? Even though all the poor meteorologists don't make it though the storms, political chicanery, etc etc, nice change.
John Macenulty
The title is kind of lame. If I was not already a fan of John Barnes I might not have opened this book. Boy, was I glad I did.

The depth of this book astonished me. On it's face, it's another end-of-the-world, apocalypse novel. However, inside are some staggering ideas, both technological and philosophical.

Mother of Storms prompted me to change the way I think of God, and opened my eyes to concepts I had previously dismissed. I highly recommend this book.
It has some cool weather disaster stuff in it, and Barnes can't resist his transcendence / control stuff, which he's good at, but gets pretty icky towards the end. Part of it can be blamed on the setting's naturally increasing tolerance for it, but I didn't buy it & suspect a lot of it is just nasty titillation.

It's significantly worse than Orbital Resonance, and his other books, some of which still have a bunch of sex in them.
Barnes' version of the near future is not so great. The US has a diminished role in the world, the UN is a powerful organization and humanity's reach for space has all but stalled. It takes quite awhile for the main characters to be introduced, and even longer for the 'Storm' to form. If you can get past the buildup this is a fairly decent read and ends with a promise of a better future for all the survivors.
This was a pretty interesting read until the author tried to give us a recipe for saving the world now that Armageddon had been avoided (and, whew, just in the nick of time, we'd already lost billions!) I also liked his view of where the world was heading but I could have done with a lot less contemplation of the navel from outer space.
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John Barnes (born 1957) is an American science fiction author, whose stories often explore questions of individual moral responsibility within a larger social context. Social criticism is woven throughout his plots. The four novels in his Thousand Cultures series pose serious questions about the effects of globalization on isolated societies. Barnes holds a doctorate in theatre and for several yea ...more
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