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House of Reeds (In the Time of the Sixth Sun #2)

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In five short centuries, the mighty Empire of the Méxica, descendants of the ancient Aztecs allied with Imperial Japan, has spread out to conquer the Earth, left the homeworld, and set its sights on the stars. But the universe is a dangerous place, filled with hidden powers and the relics of ancient civilizations. The Méxica are only the latest of the great Imperial powers ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published June 13th 2005 by Tor Books (first published 2004)
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Sandra
Nov 14, 2011 Sandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, scifi
Huh? Expecting a continuation of book One, which left several threads hanging, we go to a whole different plant and are introduced to the insanity and malevolence of the Mexica empire. Lots of battles and weaponry. Not much plot development. A sinister thread left dangling at the end. Not half as scary and intriguing as #1, although some interesting new characters. And some humor, grimly lacking in #1.
Brian
Aug 13, 2016 Brian rated it liked it
House of Reeds felt a lot like the mid-point of a trilogy to me, though it's actually quite self-contained and requires little or no knowledge of what happened in Wasteland of Flint, because while the characters return, that's about it. However, the plot feels like it's explicitly designed to set things up for the future, what with the long-term threat to the Méxica Empire from a mysterious alien race from elsewhere and the continued mention of First Sun artifacts and ruined alien civilizations. ...more
Scott Holstad
Jul 13, 2016 Scott Holstad rated it really liked it
The House of Reeds is the sequel to Wasteland of Flint, a book I thought very highly of and gave five stars to in this review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show....

In this current book, xenoarcheologist Gretchen Anderssen and her team return and are sent to the planet Jagen – just to file a report, for big money, which must mean something bad. Also, in this book, we find Imperial cruiser, the Henry R. Cornuelle, has been sent to the same location (Jagen), again captained by Captain Hadeishi
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Ben
Jun 12, 2010 Ben rated it really liked it
This is the second book in Harlan's action SF trilogy set in an alternate future where an Aztec-Japanese alliance repulsed the European invasions and the Mexica eventually rose to world domination. (The first is Wasteland of Flint.) The books are set in a standard human-led interstellar empire based on Old Earth, but the Aztec pre-history allows for some unexpected plot elements. One of those is the basis for this book: in order to blood the sons of the Mexica nobility in combat, a secretive ord ...more
Howl
Jul 05, 2011 Howl rated it it was amazing
I won't lie, I picked this one up because of the illustration on the jacket. I checked it out of the library because the idea of an alternate future where a South American hegemony called Mexica rules a multi star-system empire sounded pretty fascinating.

I was hooked after the first chapter, where the commander of a valiant but aging light cruiser receives unwelcome news and surrepetitiously (and illegally) trashes it and fakes a malfunction to cover it up.

The alien cultures, the intrigue, the f
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Alexander
Mar 16, 2016 Alexander rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
The second installment really upped the ante.

It's at a slightly more macro level, politics, warfare, and that sort of thing. Which I really appreciate, the first book felt just a bit too narrow in scope. This one is much more expanded. We also get several new characters which are hard to keep track of at first but are all very interesting and fun to follow. New alien races and technologies that the author describes very well, I also really like how attuned he is to how such theoretical alien ra
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Tony Manning
Apr 11, 2016 Tony Manning rated it really liked it
This book is much more interesting than the introductory novel, Wasteland of Flint. The aliens are much more easy to relate to than in the first novel, though the Lengian is still 'alien' and off-putting and still a bit of a mystery and might be connected to aliens in first novel. The pace and action is very good, especially post midway. There are hints of hidden connections among major characters which makes further reading compelling. The start may have been a little slow, but sometimes it tak ...more
Liviu
Jul 18, 2009 Liviu rated it it was amazing
Shelves: genre-sf, read_2009
Re-read in 2009 after original read twice on publication in 2004; after reading volume 3 which was superb, I started re-reading volumes 1 and 2 before I could leave this wonderful universe and this one was also as good as i remembered though not quite at volume 1 or 3 level being more of a side novel in the series; same superb writing and world building though
Hildegart
Jul 15, 2012 Hildegart rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I read the first book in this series and really enjoyed it so I went out and got this second book. I didn't enjoy it quite as much. There seemed to be too much jumping around from character to character. The black 'cat' is what kept me going. I kept waiting and waiting for the third book, but by then, I had forgotten enough about the first two books that I didn't ever get the third book.
Mike
Jul 18, 2010 Mike rated it really liked it
Another great read by Mr. Harlan. I wish there was more of the "powers" from Green Hummingbird, that Gretchen possesses, used throughout the story. I, yet again, feel sorry for Gretchen and her crew for not getting something that grants them some sway with "The Company" and puts some quills in their pockets; but there's the next adventure...
Mike Rogers
Apr 15, 2014 Mike Rogers rated it really liked it
Overall, this is a stronger effort than his Oath of Empire series. I enjoyed OoE, but those books gave me the impression the guy had bitten off a bit more than he was able to chew as far as keeping his narrative free from problems and holes. So far, this series is tightly written, exciting, and I immediately moved on to the book three.
Richard
Nov 22, 2011 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mr Harlan creates a wonderful alternate history and an amazing future for the reader to explore. His. Characters are novels and make you want to know more about them. The story's are rich in detail, complexity, and make a great read!
Chris
Oct 30, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it
Adventure, action, and intrigue thicken the plot and continue to develop the relationships between characters while opening up new cultures and glimpses of the broader universe. A satisfying read that begs for further exploration and the attendant adventure.
Blaine
Aug 08, 2012 Blaine rated it liked it
First book in the series was better over all, but this one had a better narrative flow that made it easier to finish in a shorter time.
Jean Corbel
Dec 30, 2014 Jean Corbel rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf
Thomas Harlan'ssecond instalment of Aztec SciFI is just as good as first one. You do not drop the book until done, although you can find some characters a bit inconsistent.
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Fantasy, alternate-history and science fiction writer Thomas Harlan is the author of the critically acclaimed Oath of Empire series from Tor Books. He has been twice nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Author (in 1999 and 2000). In May of 2001, he received the SF^2 Award for Best New Fantasy Author. His first novel, The Shadow of Ararat was selected as one of the Barnes & Nob ...more
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