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Angel Stations

3.47  ·  Rating Details ·  276 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Aeons ago, a super-scientific culture known as 'Angels' had left incomprehensible relics all over the galaxy. Among these phenomena were the Stations, whereby human spacecraft could jump instantly from one part of the galaxy to another. And from them the brilliant Angel technology could be explored and exploited. One of these stations orbits the planet Kaspar, where the on ...more
Paperback, 551 pages
Published July 15th 2005 by Tor Books (first published September 3rd 2004)
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Roddy Williams
Gibson's debut novel is a multi-character narrative space opera much in the style of Peter F Hamilton
Mankind has been able to travel out to the stars due to the discovery of Angel Stations; vast torus-shaped space stations surrounding wormholes which give instantaneous access to other stations in other parts of the galaxy.
The study of abandoned Angel tech has been a mixed blessing. It has allowed Earth to design probes which have been sent as far as possible toward the galactic core and which ha
Bruno Di Giandomenico
It is the first book from Gary Gibson. It is quite obvious that, and it could have used some editing. The theme is interesting, but it is treated in a fragmentary way, a number of possible alternatives and plot themes are quickly dealt with and never explained or exploited later on.
The beginning is not easy to follow, you must go on a little bit to start understanding the plot better, which is not necessarily evil, but the way things are hinted and not better explained is not good.
The idea of a
Adrian Leaf
Oct 19, 2013 Adrian Leaf rated it liked it
A mid future space opera that is Gary Gibson's first novel. Unfortunately it falls into a lot of the traps most authors do with their first book; Interchangeable characters, sketchy motivations, and a lack of focus to the plot. There are probably too many characters points of view for the page count. I found it difficult to remember what a certain character was trying to achieve, or even who they were when they reappeared after a number of pages. That isn't to say it hasn't got any redeeming qua ...more
Maria Longley
Space opera it says on the cover and space opera it is inside too. A bit uneven, a bit long, but once you were into the story things picked up a bit. We jump around different people's views throughout the book as one of the furthest Angel Stations known to humans is threatened, as is the nearby planet with the only other aliens to be found so far. However there are plans and counterplans and the such. The use of religion is unimginative and boring as it often is in sci-fi sadly, but I seemed to ...more
Pete Young
Nov 29, 2014 Pete Young rated it really liked it
Gary Gibson hit the ground running with Angel Stations, a confident space opera with a hint of Fred Pohl’s ‘Heechee’ saga about it. In the near future, a host of artefacts from a disappeared alien race, given the name Angels, are discovered in the Oort cloud at the edge of the solar system, and among these are devices found to possess an unknown technology that connects to other Angel stations across the galaxy by means of instantaneous matter transference. One of these stations is in the solar ...more
Aug 29, 2015 Ethan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had a lot of cool stuff, but I just couldn't get into it.

The cool stuff:

-An alien species that actually has cultural and linguistic diversity (there's not improbably one language and culture for the entire species like you find on Star Trek and Star Wars)
- Plenty of POVs from these aliens (I liked the aliens more than the humans)
- Ancient alien archaeology and technology
- Space opera fun: space travel, wormholes, etc.
- Other fun SF tropes: precognition, genetic engineering, nanotech
Nov 07, 2013 Jasper rated it really liked it
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The story of Angel Stations starts of directly with a lot of action and introduces you to multiple characters that you get to follow along the whole story. The initial start up of the story focuses on many of these characters individually from all the characters there are several that really make up the backbone of the whole story: Elias, Kim and Ursu. It's is hard to say who really makes up the main protagonist of the story, as in all
Mark Palmer
Oct 02, 2013 Mark Palmer rated it liked it
This one sounded interesting, but was kind of a rough start. The back cover mentions a sweeping story with an ancient enemy. By about 200 - 250 pages in, not much had happened aside from separate threads involving different characters in different places, with almost no knowledge of who some of the characters were and where they were located, and no apparent connection between any of these threads. Around the midpoint, that started to change and the story got quicker. I started to enjoy the book ...more
Jim Mann
Feb 23, 2014 Jim Mann rated it really liked it
A good space opera, with a well drawn future and several good characters. Though Gibson, like Hamilton and a few others, would be better if he would edit himself a bit more.
Mark Cheverton
May 08, 2015 Mark Cheverton rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Decent concept book that suffered from a slow start and some confused plots. I'll be checking out his later books to see how Gibson improves.
Vira Motorko
Feb 14, 2015 Vira Motorko rated it it was amazing
Liked it, definitely. Smart division into chapters, interesting plot, characters from different places of the galaxy gathering one by one into the core place of the story, interesting ending - expected in general, but with 'hmm' details.
Not 'astonishing' or 'unbelievable' but very good book.
Jan 10, 2014 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gary Gibson's recent novels have made him one of my very favourite authors. As a result, it has been a pleasure to go back and read his first novel. With strong characters (male, female and alien), an inventive and fascinating plot, and a compulsively pageturning narrative, I cannot praise Angel Stations enough.

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Sai Krishna
Jun 06, 2015 Sai Krishna rated it liked it
Angel Stations is a book that drew me in because the plot seemed closer to Mass Effect video game. While this book came before the game, I thought may be this is one of the influences and started reading this.

Book has multiple narratives from different character POVs. End game is somewhat predictable and with cliches. Overall, it has some good ideas. But it is not anywhere great, but just good.

Narratives linking the natives of planet Kaspar is not very interesting to me. Anyone can figure out
Andrew Southworth
Aug 11, 2013 Andrew Southworth rated it really liked it
Overall, this is an amazing story. If you enjoy the space-opera style of science fiction, you will love this. I gave this a 4/5 stars because while the story is great, the writing is not anything mind blowing. This is not to say that the writing is bad by any means, but not to a level that really 'WOW's' the reader. Probably won't go down as one of the best Sci-Fi books, but its definitely something that stands above a lot of the other modern day books I have read recently.
Andreea Pausan
Sep 23, 2014 Andreea Pausan rated it really liked it
I read the back cover and I was sure this book was about aliens and space. I was wrong. The setting is space, around a planet close to the center of the Galaxy, inhabited by a sentient species of dogs, and its Angel station: an artifact built by a long gone superior race, which allows instant transfer between various points of the Galaxy. This book is about fear, and secrets, and the unknown depths of the human soul, and the courage to go on and face your destiny. Loved it.
Billy Abbott
Sep 06, 2008 Billy Abbott rated it liked it
A bit confused on occasion and maybe trying to do too much, but overall a good chunk of dystopian future with a bit of space opera thrown in.
Ben Seymour
Aug 23, 2010 Ben Seymour rated it did not like it
not my cup of tea - glad it was a library book, and not one I had purchased
Nov 24, 2013 Felix rated it liked it
A good story and ideas. The action was a little slow.
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Gary Gibson's first novel, Angel Stations, was published in 2004. Interzone called it "dense and involving, puzzling and perplexing. It's unabashed science fiction, with an almost "Golden Age" feel to it ..."

His second novel was Against Gravity in 2005; the Guardian described it as "building on current trends to produce a convincing picture of the world in 2096."

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