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
(view spoiler)[no, I'm not going to do it! I've already spent too much this month on this book! I'm just going to copy and paste the comments I made in the group that inspired this read:
my feelings about this book really turned around somewhere in the middle. the characters just re ...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
This is science fiction painted with fairy tale themes. The setting is very cool and full of good ideas, the details well conveyed through the various point-of-view characters.
The story is slow and the characters are all slightly wooden. The ending gets a bit Days of Our Lives.
'Friends' character the protagonist is most like:
Moon is very New Age but also heroic. She is also the spitting image of another character in the story, which makes her most like Phoebe.
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
Overall, it was too much work to read this with ...more
I'm goi ...more
One small problem.... in my copy, pages 375-406 were missing and replaced with pages 311-342, AAAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHH!!!!!!!!!
Whew. Glad to get that out of my system. Now, on to the book....
This book was epic. The world-building, the characters, the political intrigue... I just loved everything about it. If this had been written these days, it would've been optioned for film or TV! I just fell into this book and became ...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
The Snow Queen is about change crashing against the bulwarks of stability. It's about a heart freezing over and struggl ...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
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
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....
Romanul despre care am sa va vorbesc astazi este o repovestire cu elemente SF a minunatului basm Craiasa Zapezii de Hans Christian Andersen.
Regina Zapeziilor este un SF extraordinar s ...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
Beside Andersen's story, the novel steers toward one very important recurring point of ...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
Reading this classic science fiction novel more than 35 years after it came out reveals that it still has the power to affect the reader.
As some have mentioned the language is definitely flowery and the pace is slow. It is probably 3 or 4 chapters too long.
But that said, there's something compelling about the plot, which is intriguingly complex but simply banal at the same time. There are two star-crossed lovers: Moon and Sparks, who grow up as cousins and pledge to share thei ...more
Tiamat, the main planet, has a culture of tech-loving Winters and living among nature Summers, and an interchange of power between them on the change of seasons -- every 150 years. The off-worlders have returned, but they keep many technologies secret -- in part because Tiamat has the secret of long life, found in the blood of the sea-dwelling mer.
The Winter Queen Arienhod w ...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
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