A Million Open Doors (Giraut #1)
Nou Occitan is a place where duels are fought with equal passion over insults and artistic views alike. Girautswordsman, troubador, loveris a creature of this swashbuckling world, the most isolated of humanity's Thousand Cultures.
But the winds of change have come to Nou Occitan. As the invention of the "springer"instantaneous interstellar travel, at a pricespreads thro...more
*SPOILERS* The main character is quite repulsed by the appearance of one very plain woman; her flaws (shiny uneven skin, unpleasing features, dispropotioned body) are so distracting to him,...more
Each of John Barnes' novels to date has been different, each an excellent piece of science fiction. A Million Open Doors is based on a scenario similar to some of the ideas behind Gordon R. Dickson's Dorsai trilogy - the bringing together once more of the splintered subcultures into which the human race has developed after isolation on colony planets separated by interstellar space - while in tone it is reminiscent of the classic novels of Isa...more
J'avais, avant de lire ce roman, une opinion curieuse de l'auteur. John Barnes était pour moi l'auteur de deux livres quasiment an...more
Giraut is from the planet Nou...more
I certainly didn't care about the characters, who I found generally unlikable and inconsistent in their development. I simply didn't believe them. I also didn't believe the story in many places, though the gene...more
I liked the little throwaway bits of Earth culture here and there, like how each society gets to make up its own historical facts (e.g. Milton Friedman was eaten by cannibals in Zurich) or how people still sing "The Happy W...more
Only after I had read it twice did I realize that it was, in fact, the most entertaining defense of Keynsian economics that ever has been or will be written.
Downside: a bit dismissive of spirituality and cultural diversity.
Warning: if you li...more
Giraut and two friends go from their home on Nou Occitan to Caledony, where they encounter a vastly different and repressive culture. Giraut's character develops and grows over time as he meets new people in incorporates...more
The characters are not very appealing and the two cultures do not seem like they really could survive. I finished the book, but only because my book g...more
It's well-written, the universe and plot are interesting, and the characters have depth... but there's just not much more than that going for it. So far. I already have the sequel, since I got them together at a used book store, but unless there's an especially gripping cliffhanger, I imagine it'll be some time before I give it a chance.
John Barnes' book was quite witty and fun to read as he took his characters through some of the possibilities.