Like so many others, Ramon Espejo ran from the poverty and hopelessness of the Third World to the promise of a new world--joining a host of like-minded workers and dreamers aboard one of the great starships of the mysterious, repulsive Enye. But the life he found on the far-off planet of Sao Paulo was no better than the one he had abandoned.
Tough, volatile, and angry--a...more
The sci-fi elements of this book don't get in the way of the story, as they do with some books in this genre. (I'm not a huge sci-fi fan, really, so when it devolves into nothing but aliens and future technology my brain shuts off for some reason.) This is a twisted tale about a character getting to know himself...more
Humanity established colonies on various planets with the aid and assistance of a sentiment alien race, the Silver Enye. The Silver Enye were only one of several sentient alien species that humanity had come into contact with.
Things begin to become clearer when he’s brought out of his state of darkness by aliens. These aliens take him to their leader. T...more
Then the larger picture seems like it might be intriguing... but it is never fully revealed or explained clearly because the POV is limited to the brutish main character.
Lastly the authors make the classic mistake of thinking tha...more
The story would work a bit be...more
Summary (vague spoilers) at my blog.
To popular culture, this book doesn't have much going for it. It's science fiction, the premise is hokey, and the characters aren't sympathetic. Did I mention it's science fiction? Give it some credit, though. Where other than scifi...more
Don't go thinking this is some heavy shit-- it's just deep enough to satisfy a modern middlebrow reader. Very bad bath and beyond level sf. This too is quite an accomplishment.
Like all modern novels, it is too long...more
A snob may decry the lack of lengthy descriptions or some of the caricatures noted in the tale, but when there's a really good story, the authors don't have to fill pages with "azure skies peppered with wispy, yet bilous, white clouds. The kind that remind us of a pure summer's day when golden retriever puppy dogs bounce in the tall grass fields towards their barefoot cherub-like child-...more
In music, supergroups of established artists are rarely greater than the sum of their parts. The same often goes for science fiction, but critics agreed that these three authors beat the trend by producing a tight, consistent novel. Whether because of Martin's decades of collaborative work, Dozois's long career as an editor, or Abraham's fresh prose style, every reviewer said the book seemed as if it were written by one person. The only complaint came from reviewers who had read an earlier, nove...more
Ponadto książka jest zadziwiająco spójna, jak na powieść pisaną przez tr...more
George RR Martin teams up with a Gardner Dozois, and a Daniel Abraham to work up a story about an uprooted emigrant from planet earth who lives a raw life usually on the dark side of the law on a freshly colonized planet. He does this, and that, meets some aliens, gets caught up in a larger web of conspiracy, and eventually survives it all to live on...
I don't know the...more
Okay, but not up to Martin's usual standards. The protagonist oscillates between unlikable and despicable. There is a moderately interesting element of the story that allows him to see himself through the eyes of others and realize what a major asshat he is.
The alien world and creatures were rather monotonous and unins...more
This book wasn't exactly what I was searching for when I thought of reading a hardcore Sci-Fi novel, but it ended up finding a warm comfy pla...more
What I did enjoy was exploring the question of what it means to be hu...more
It now sits among my books as one of the most interesting tales with a sci-fi element.
I noticed most reviewers on here openly disliked the main protagonist, and true enough, he is portrayed as quite the anti-hero, an unpleasant character and someone you'd rather never hang out with. And all the better for it, fo...more
As other reviewers have mentioned, Ramon is not an immediately sympathetic protaganist. He's violent, foul-mouthed, self-centered, and misanthropic. Then again, his world seems to be composed of people running away from something and consoling themselves with alcohol and fighting, like a ga...more
What I found fascinating about this book was the story is told from copy-Ramon’s point of view, not the original. The reader gets to watch as copy-Ramon struggles with identity and survival. Who should live and who should die or should both o...more
My favorite part of this book is what most reviewers seem to dislike the most: the main character. Ramon Es...more
I don't read this kind of science fiction much, so this may not be as creative an approac...more
It could be said to share some elements with Enemy Mine and with Left Hand of Darkness
Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies,...more