Startide Rising (The Uplift Saga #2)
David Brin's Uplift novels are among the most thrilling and extraordinary science fiction ever written.Sundiver, Startide Rising, and The Uplift Wara New York Times bestsellertogether make up one of the most beloved sagas of all time.Brin's tales are set in a future universe in which no species can reach sentience without being "uplifted" by a patron race.But the greatest...more
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That said, Sundiver was an excellent book as well, and I highly recommend it, but you can easily read it after this and not have any issues.(less)
I just couldn't get into this enough to merit me reading over a hundred pages more to get to the conclusion. I have no problem using different points of view to tell a story, ala GRRM, but if the characters aren't in any way engaging and have no personalities to speak of, it just becomes a jarring and disconnected experience. This is the second Uplift novel I read, the first being Sundiver, and while I love the concept and the universe of Uplift, concept alone is not enough to keep my interest f ...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
Winner: Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1984)
Winner: Nebula Award for Best Scie ...more
1. The plots are incomprehensible or boring
2. There ideas were too fantastic to relate to
3. The characters aren't interesting
And if we're talking about Startide Rising...they are completely right. This is the kind of book I would recommend if I wanted to cement a non-SF-reader's dislike of the genre. It's disappointing because the premise in the Uplift Saga is solid. There's an interesting universe here that ...more
This is a comprehensively unsuccessful work. Brin's failure here is not merely one of imagination, though the post-Star Wars universe of the Uplift books is decide ...more
They uncover some unlikely mysteries, and fight some bad guys.
I did like the Tandoo "acceptor" race, they were pretty awesome.
Aside from the two pages dedicated to the acceptors, the book is shit.
It should really be classified as fantasy, because science only serves as a vocabulary reference pool.
The only clever moment in the book was when the dolphins vented their on-board water out the airlock, wh ...more
It is one of the rare books to win three awards - Hugo, Nebula, and Locus - in a year. Back in the 80s, I've read huge amounts of books, but missed this one. I'm very happy to have filled this gap now, since I liked this planet opera very much.
Planet opera? It isn't really a space opera, because not much is happening in space - a couple of pages focus on alien races' sieg ...more
After considering my quandary further, I decided to throw in behind Sundiver. My fellow Goodreads reviewers seem split on this question, but the more I think about it, the more I'm certain. As much as I like w ...more
My Hugo-Nebula mission meets its first major challenge. But then, life's too short for asshole dolphins. I put the book down about 2/3 into it. If I want underwater spec fic, that ...more
I love how the dolphins think and perceive the world around them through sonar pictures and their own language of clicks and whistles.
The other uplift books are good too, but the english used in them is REALLY difficult. To really get something out of ...more
I can't wait to read more books by Brin, this one gave me so much to think about.
esta es la segunda novela de la serie La elevación de los pupilos, aunque se puede leer independiente pues los primeros capítulos dan u ...more
Now the plan they've worked out for hiding the ship, escaping, or signaling Earth, evading capture, or whatever, is something all the characters know but he's not tel ...more
The story line it a bit farfetched, even for Sci-Fi. The universe is filled with aliens who are all competing with one another to Uplift pre-sentient beings to full sentience thr ...more
Two hundred years ago, humans turned up on this scene, as a unique species of sophonts who apparently had uplifted themselves.
The book centers on the efforts of the crew on the survey ship Streaker, whose dolphins, men and chimp attempt to evade the fleets of alien fanatics w ...more
Which is to say the story of the book in my imagination (as something I might like to read) and t ...more
The delight of this book is the way that our Heroes interact with each other in order to solve certain quite vexin ...more
Fun book. Humanity is reaching for the stars, but the stars themselves are filled with aliens who are part of a billion year old galactic civilization. Contact with aliens has brought The Library, a vast repository of knowledge collected from all these species. Instead of taking all this new knowledge as gospel, humankind launches a mission to verify some of the information contained there in. The mission has another purpose, to try out a spacecraft crewed by a few humans, a chimp scientist, but ...more
Existence, his latest novel, offers an unusual scenario for first contact. His ecological thriller, Earth, foreshadowed global warming, cyberwarfare and near-future trends ...more