The Snow Queen (The Snow Queen Cycle #1)
This reissue of a modern classic of science fiction, the Hugo and Locus Award-winning and Nebula-nominated The Snow Queen, marks the first time the book has been reprinted in fifteen years.
The imperious Winter colonists have ruled the planet Tiamat for 150 years, deriving wealth from the slaughter of the sea mers. But soon the galactic stargate will close, isolating Tiamat...more
So, this is the climax of the middle part of the story. The hero finally meets up with the primary antagonist. They go head-to-head in a duel on a narrow bridge over a vast abyss. Midway through, our hero learns a stunning piece of news regarding a parental figure, and is then tempted to join the villain in an evil scheme to rule the galaxy.
Ha ha, yeah, I did make ...more
Christmas 2010: I realised that I had got stuck in a rut. I was re-reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works. Something had to be done.
On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci-Fi award. That’s 35 books, 6 of which I’d previously read, leaving 29 titles by 14 authors who were new to me.
While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became ...more
I'm goi ...more
The Snow Queen is about change crashing against the bulwarks of stability. It's about a heart freezing over and struggl ...more
The Snow Queen, published in 1980, is Joan Vinge’s science fiction adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale of the same name. In Vinge’s version, Anderson’s love story takes place on the planet Tiamat which is located near a black hole. Tiamat is a convenient rest stop for interstellar travelers and they often go down to the planet for respite or trade, but Tiamat also has its own special commodity: the Water of Life. This youth-preserving substa ...more
What dragged me down at the very beginning was the overly lyrical style, unoriginal plot set-up and banal characters of her young protagonists. But I glanced at some Goodreads reviews, realized it had won the H ...more
On one hand I loved the sci-fi elements of this book. A world which is periodically reduced to a "primitive" state, controlled by the Hegemony for the purpose of harvesting it's most precious resource.
On the other is the drama surrounding the Winter Queen, her Summer clone and their joint love.
Honestly I would have enjoyed the book with far less of the latter and more of the former. The dramatical parts of the book really dragged for me. The whole rede ...more
The book starts with a fairytale atmosphere full of mystic beliefs and secrets. After a while all those fantastic elements turn into SciFi while the end of the book covers your mind again in the mist of fantasy.
Like many other SciFi novels, this too borrows eleme ...more
The book centers on Moon and Spark, sister and brother born in a small fishing community on a small world, Tiamat. Tiamat i ...more
There are a few sections where I wish she'd hewn a little less slavishly to the fairy tale (view spoiler)[(the whole bit with the nomads, mostly) (hide spoiler)], but for the most part science fiction and traditional story are seamlessly integrated. The world building is fascinating. ...more
Snow Queen is a beautifully written and absolutely amazing piece of science fiction. I'm not a fan of "hardcore" scifi novels that read as though technical manuals had been taken and turned into stories. Yes, I enjoy descriptions of a story's technological aspects, but not to the point where it becomes the story, and the characters merely its automated operators.
Vinge has melded science fiction, drama, and poetry in a way that breathes life into the worlds she's created, ...more
I was excited to read it, I generally love a new take on an old folktale, but geeeeeeeeesh some of these characters!
characters? omg I was annoyed by everyone! ugh
I made myself finish, and Im glad I did, but I dont want to see these people anymore. Part of the problem was also a lot of exposition....
As with any well crafted tale, in The Snow Queen it is often tough to distinguish hero from villain. In this story, as in real life, things are just not that cu ...more
Beside Andersen's story, the novel steers toward one very important recurring point of ...more
I did think the novel was too long. I feel as if certain plot points only existed to give exposition (though, the world within the story is very interesting) and that really slowed down the story at points.
Bonus: I enjoyed her ex-husband's (Vernor Vinge) Hugo Award winning n ...more
You guys, this book is weird.
Like, weird with weird sauce baked with weird spice.
I appreciate the amount of female characters and full credit to Vinge for predicting Cloud technology by 30 years but wow this was a difficult book to slog through.
Vinge creates what should have been a wonderfully detailed universe for her characters to play in, but she can’t be bothered to explain anything, and when she has plot holes she just throws in some tech or custom at the last minute out of nowhere.
She take ...more
The short version first . . .
The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge is a science fiction novel that is reminiscent of works by other contemporaneous authors such as Frank Herbert as well as more modern authors of multi-volume epic science fiction such as Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. The Snow Queen is different in that it was written by a female author, and the protagonist is a young woman. While there are iconic women in the works of the Herbert and Anderson, they are older and less vulnerable, ...more
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