The Gap into Ruin: This Day All Gods Die (Gap #5)
Morn, her alien-grown son Davies, geneticist/engineer Vector Sheed, competent Mikk...more
My father handed me the first one, saying, "This is full of violence and rape and you'll probably hate all the characters in this first book, but the story just keeps getting better."
He was right. The story begins with a space pirate attack on a police ship and the "rescue" of the last survivor on the police ship and concludes with the human race fighting the Amnion, an alien species capable of extreme genetic manipulation. Despite the...more
The concluding volume of the Gap series finds the battle-weary crew of the *Trumpet *in disarray, while Angus Thermopyle races home with his family, unaware that he is heading into a battle for the future. Reprint. *PW. *
### Amazon.com Review
Tough-as-nails Morn Hyland, pirate-turned-cyborg Angus Thermopyle, and the whole crew from the United Mining Company Police are back in the final book of the Gap series, *This Day All Gods Die*. The Gap plot has raced through the galaxy at breakneck speed
But they are fantastic.
The Gap series, spanning five novels is a saga of abhorrent charters, deep space and political backstabbing and intrigue. By the time the third novel starts it's moving at a breakneck pace, leaping between multiple viewpoints, (about ten characters) all moving against one another, judging motivati...more
I have to admit to feeling very emotional at the end of the story. Warden Dios's message to Morn was a fitting ending to this emotional rollercoaster of a series. His ultimate sacrifice was worthwhile to ensure that all was set right but devastating in the same way that Covenant's loss was.
All in all, t...more
We see higher level political implications of the plights of the characters. The higher level ramifications are both more and less satisfying than the close up portraits....more
The whole book felt like the last 50 pages of any other good book. All tension, and not wanting to stop, to keep on till you know what happened. I found the end surprisingly emotional, too. The only negative thing I really have to say is...more
It's also a very believable future story, as much as I desire The Culture, I t...more
The final installment of the Gap Se...more
The first book in the series, The Real Story, was an interesting sci-fi-flavored psychological drama, (despite all the rape) but I didn't think enough of it at the time to want to continue. But then after getting completely turned off by Donalds...more
Donaldson is an opera enthusiast, Wagner a particular favorite, and the Ring cycle is the inspiration for the story in this five-book series. As usual, the story hasn't been culled from other sci-fi and hasn't been imitated by others. D...more
I think Donaldson does better with SF than fantasy. The series is set in a future as created by something called the Gap Drive, an FTL travel method that sometimes drives people mad. It starts out with a complicated little minuet of a story involving the lives of three people who live on the fringes of space (the first novel), but over time the series becomes a complicated tale involving a terrible cold war between an alien rac...more
There is so much going on in this book - the final return of Morn/Nick/Angus to earth, the final revelation of the immunity drug, Alien warship invading a unprepared earth, suicide bombing of the Earth Government - and it all ties together!
The whole book maintained my interest, and I found it hard to put down even while on holiday in France :)
It takes a rare kind of intelligence to be able to juggle between hundreds of different threads without losing the beat of the general story. The abysmal darkness of the human psyche and its hardwired longing for redemption especially when all bets are off, coupled...more
And the cover is atrocious, showing a nauseatingly tiger-striped spaceship! Still gives me vertigo to look at it!
The final installment brings the whole saga to an exciting climax as all the great forces of the universe clash and humankind's existence hangs on the brink and amidst all this a few fallibl...more
Stephen R. Donaldson was born on the 13th May 1947 in Cleveland, Ohio. His father, James, was a medical missionary and his mother, Ruth, a prosthetist (a person skilled i...more