Brightness Reef (Uplift Storm Trilogy #1)
The planet Jijo is forbidden to settlers, its ecology protected b...more
The Uplift series explores race and racism without obvious reference to the terrible history of the first half of the 20th century. This allows Brin to consider this deeply disturbing subject without the baggage of antisemitism, or other...more
I dont by the setup - I am not overwhelmed by any ideas in the story, the setting, the premise, etc...
They arent bad, they just dont do much for me. I find it hard to imagine people taking species responsibility over the course of thousands of years. It is hard to get most people who study a specific thing - to agree what happened 100 years ago. So to think we or any like species would carry any guilt for thousands of years seems unlikely.
For this part...more
I came into the series with moderately high hopes. I'd read the first Uplift trilogy and enjoyed all three of those books. This one however...not so much. Most of the characters have no depth. The plot is interesting...but takes forever to get going. I just couldn't find anybody to relate to here. I really liked the idea of the book; I just didn't actually like reading i...more
Brin is experimenting with perspective--from the alien Asx to the Stranger who has lost all language when introducted to Alvin, the young hoon who tells his story in a first person journal style.
Of course, since it's Brin, the intrigue is thick.
Gone are the weird time passage "burps" from earlier books. Everything seems to flow n...more
The change in voice between different species is also a bit annoying -- other authors seem to pull this trick off a lot better. Although some other reviewers...more
David Brin's Uplift novels--Sundiver, Hugo award winner The Uplift War, and Hugo and Nebula winner Startide Rising--are among the most thrilling and extraordinary science fiction tales ever written.Now David Brin returns to this future universe for a new Uplift trilogy, packed with adventure, passion and wit.
The planet Jijo is forbidden to settlers, its ecology protected by guardians of the Five Galaxies.But over the centuries it has been resettled, populated by refugees of six intelligent rac
It finally builds up steam towards the end. Maybe the rest of the trilogy will justify the slow beginning?
I set this one down and immediate...more
I can't remember whether I liked one of the books more than the others, so I'm just giving them all a 4 for being great reads.
This book, like his often are, was tough to get into because it is so complicated, and he let's you figure it out on the way; he doesn't hold you by the hand. He pulled it together and I was very impressed. But the real story, drama, and power of this story has yet to come and I'...more
I probably would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't picked it up explicitly looking for some space opera. Instead I got a bunch of low-tech refugees who hadn't seen a starship in thousands of years. How frustrating!
1)intelligence is too complex to be evolutionally emergent, so it took 4-5 billion years for it to happen the first time, and every time since has been the result of genetic manipulation by intelligent species t...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