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Helliconia Summer (Helliconia #2)

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,110 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
It is the summer of the Great Year on Helliconia. The humans are involved with their own affairs. Their old enemies, the phagors, are comparitively docile at this time of year; yet they can afford to wait, to take advantage of human weakness - and of the king's weakness. How they do so brings to a climax this powerfully compelling novel, in which the tortuous unwindings of ...more
Paperback, 576 pages
Published 1985 by Triad Panther (first published 1983)
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En vieillissant, on change quand même pas mal.
C'est la première réflexion qui m'est venue à l'esprit, une fois cet épais roman terminé.
De là à dire qu'on devient ronchon, il n'y a qu'un pas ... que je ne franchirai pas ;-)
Pour en revenir à ce roman, il raconte l'histoire du roi JandalAnganol, de la reine MirdemIngala, et de quelques autres personnages, dans cette époque torride qu'est l'Eté d'Helliconia. Parce qu'à cause de son système binaire, le temps est terriblement chaud en cette saison ...
Jun 02, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far, I’ve completed 2/3 of the Helliconia series by Brian Aldiss. They’re categorized as science fiction, and while they are most definitely fiction, you can’t count out the science part of it. Sometimes I felt like I needed a degree to follow Aldiss’ lengthy explanations of the hows and whys Helliconian ecology was the way it was. There was also such a psychological edge to the story that after a few chapters, there was no way you could ever doubt the reasons for the Queen of England awardin ...more
Jan 17, 2015 Chip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very dense book that creates an incredible new world / solar system. The two dominate life forms (and there are two or three others) are controlled by the fact that their planet has recently (8 million years) been captured by a red giant star. Aldiss creates a complex ecosystem but then doesn't do much with it. The author is more interested in telling us these neat ideas then really having a good story (so much wasted potential). The plot deals with a king (and lesser with his divorced queen) ...more
Nov 08, 2012 Cecile rated it liked it
Shelves: sf, english
In this second season on Helliconia, compared to the first book, the point of view is still somewhat fuzzy, but I think the characterization is a bit better.
The hot season is now at its full and everybody becomes heated, so that this part is more about politics and wars, but still influenced by the weather, this time an extreme heat.
Edward Davies
If you can get passed the sheer volume of this trilogy you'll find a well thought through universe that Aldiss has clearly put a lot of thought into. Sadly for me this didn't really get going until Winter, by which time I'd already felt like the first two thirds of the series had been something of a waste.
Aug 19, 2009 Simon rated it liked it
Shelves: sf-and-fantasy
Some development from the first volume. The relationship between the natives and the human observers becomes clearer, and the theme of progress, challenging received wisdom and increasing knowledge is even stronger. It's still too long, though. Lots of murky political intrigue which was less than gripping.
Me gustó. Es bastante complicado en cuanto a la diplomacia, por momentos me hacía acordar a Dune, pero con una narrativa no tan atrapante. Igual, sigue siendo bueno, y todavía me falta la parte 3 para terminar la trilogía y ver el final
Nicholas Whyte
Jan 17, 2016 Nicholas Whyte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Helliconia Summer also still worked for me - the twist here is that the Earth observation satellite sends a volunteer from its crew to the surface of Helliconia, where he knows he will not survive long due to a lack of immunity from local diseases, but gets very much mixed up in a complex dynastic / political / gendered dispute among local rulers. Aldiss plays the theme of technologically advanced individual failing to impress a much more medieval civili
Tom Rowe
Slower middle.
Jun 21, 2013 Ian rated it really liked it
Possibly the weakest of the three, it's certainly the longest. Again we get a broad, complex and multi-layered plot involving numerous characters as Helliconia approaches the height of it's summer. This time the action spans most of the inhabited parts of the planet, instead of being based almost entirely in Oldorando (Embruddock). The level of civilisation has advanced to something like the late middle ages, but so has the politics with countries being almost constantly in one war or another an ...more
Rafal Jasinski
Dbałość o detale, niesamowicie dopracowanie świata, będącego swoistą paralelą ziemskiego średniowiecza, wzbogaconego o elementy z pogranicza science-fiction i fantasy a co za tym idzie, masą nawiązań do ważkich wydarzeń historycznych, czy naszych odkryć naukowych (ze wskazaniem na swoistą odmianę teorii doboru naturalnego) - tym, niewątpliwie "Lato Helikonii" ujmuje i zachwyca.

W świat ów wprowadził autor doskonale nakreślone, niejednowymiarowe postaci, których losy krzyżują się często w zaskakuj
Sep 19, 2011 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi_fantasy
Finished this straight after the previous Helliconia Spring.

It's a more complex book, as Aldiss fleshes out other parts of the continents of Helliconia - set several centuries after the previous one, although nicely referring back to the 'myths' containing the protagonists in the previous book like Aoz Roon and Shay Tal.

I like the complexities in general, the changing balances of power between religion, state, and the projection of increasingly complex societies and technologies as the "summer"
The way the human memory changes and the implications of this is very interestingly depicted in this part of the trilogy. The story seems to have more depth than it did in the first part. The thing that i find redundant is the story (and possible meddling) of the satellite humans and the Earth people.
Ian Banks
Sep 09, 2015 Ian Banks rated it it was amazing
I read an interview with Mr Aldiss in the 80s where he said this series was inspired by the English tradition of Shakespeare, Hardy and Stapledon where big pictures overlay small, tragic stories. Except it's a bloody huge canvas and quite an epic story at surface level. This continues to be a very rewarding reread.
Mar 16, 2014 Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Re-reading it after years. I am enjoying the trilogy. Finding it quite spellbinding, a myriad of characters and species, and in this one in particular an odyssey around the planet's varied and majestic landscape and ecology.
Jun 25, 2015 Dmk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's not so thougfull as Spring, but it's still ingenios and it's catchier than first part of trilogy.
Anthony Faber
Nov 02, 2015 Anthony Faber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 2 of the Helliconia trilogy. It's got its flaws (some of the science is implausible), but it was visionary in it's time. Definitely worth reading.
Steve Steidle
Apr 28, 2016 Steve Steidle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Once again, Brian Aldiss creats a fascinating vibrant world and proceeds to populate it with unlikable and uninteresting characters. This one was a slog for me. Not recommended, but I will be fighting through the 3rd volume so satisfy my completionist self.
Jun 25, 2013 Mo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, favorites
This book has points where it feels like it is dragging. Put those points are well worth it when you get to the end of the book and see how all that random stuff ties together. Just like the first book, it ends abruptly, but the storylines are wrapped up enough that it leaves you wondering what will happen next.
Jan 03, 2011 Kyrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The middle book of the triology has more intrigue than the other two - I don't know if the summer heat brings out the deviance in people or what. It's like they have plenty and life is good, so they're bored and invent problems so they have a struggle
Sep 14, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, suomi, 2014
The scale of the story and the narrator's indifference to individual characters gives me epic shivers. The world Helliconia feels dangerous, disgusting, weird, but real.
Jun 15, 2011 Benjamin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Not quite as good as the first book, but still enjoyable. A bit less focus on the culturally level with more on the politics of the characters and nations.
Nov 26, 2013 Oscar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me ha sorprendido gratamente.

Un mundo en un sistema binario que tiene dos años, uno de duración similar al terrestre y otro que dura cientos de años.
Robert C.
Aug 18, 2014 Robert C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This is a series that has haunted me ever since I read it.
Aug 25, 2013 Cathy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Great content, but a little slow for my taste.
Apr 11, 2012 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, but not as good as the first.
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Aug 29, 2010 Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The epic continues
Ivan Lutz
Oct 08, 2013 Ivan Lutz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Too slow!!!
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