Mirrored Heavens (Autumn Rain #1)
In the 22nd century, the first wonder of a brave new world is the Phoenix Space Elevator, designed to give mankind greater access to the frontier beyond Earth. Cooperatively built by the United States and the Eurasian Coalition, the Elevator is also a grand symbol of superpower alliance following a second cold war. And itâ��s just been destroyed.
With suspicions rampant, a...more
I’m going to give you one last piece of advice. Get it together, or get taken apart.
This is another of those novels that’s been receiving a measure of bad press; some reviews here on Goodreads are quite scathing, to say the least. A possible injustice that has been done the book (and the author) is the comparison to Neuromancer (Necromancer?), because, frankly, it really isn’t the same thing. I’m fairly convinced that readers have been charging into The Mirrored Heavens, only to find themselves...more
It's not too often that you read a book that's completely told in the present tense. This annoyed me at first, but the more I got used to it the more I realized how much...more
There is nothing good about it. It even smells bad.
It's been a while since I cracked it last, so these comments are weakened by time. I felt even angrier while I was reading it.
The dialogue is gross and awful. The dialogue is the Microsoft Songsmith of prose, except without the tacky, ironic appeal.
There are plenty of characters and no character development. None. They are there. They do things. They are all shallow badasses. We learn t...more
The story itself is somewhat standard.. nefarious organization wants to nuke everything, start over. There are three points of view within the story that give us different perspectives. That's part of the problem - Williams introduced things like Marlowe and Haskell used to be lovers.. or did they since their memories are implanted. But there's so much else going on that this isn...more
First - I find it very interior and have trouble "seeing" what's going on.
Second - where's the magical fuel for these suits come from?
Third - I don't usually like present tense (see Water for Elephants.... ack!)
Fourth - there are major problems with the prose rhythm and the sentence length is irregular and thudding. Read it to understand what I mean, but if y...more
On the negative side, there's not a lot of character development. The characters are all acting and reacting and talking tough.
Still, I will definitely be finishin...more
"A crackling cyberthriller. This is Tom Clancy interfacing Bruce Sterling. David Williams has hacked into the future."—Stephen Baxter, author of the Manifold series
"The Mirrored Heavens presents an action-jammed and audacious look at a terrifyingly plausible future. By comparison to Williams' future, the present mess surrounding the Iraq conflict seems almost benign. Highly recommended for politicians, not that most would wish to see where their actions could easily lead."—L. E. Modesit...more
Set in the early part of a dystopian 22nd century the geopolitical canvas is sketched out in quick brushstrokes in the preface of the book, and in more detail on the author's website before quickly jumping to the action of zone tripping "razors" and hi-ex tossing combat "mechs". The U.S. is pretty much a military dictatorship at this point; officially, President Harrison g...more
Unfortunately, I'm 150 pages in and finding myself looking longingly at my "to read" pile--wondering if I should give something else a try. It's not that the writing is piss-poor. If that was the case, I would've tossed the...more
Mirrored Heavens is a somewhat confusing book, but intriguing and engrossing. The author uses short clipped sentences to set his scenes, then peoples them with a cast of characters who may or may not be who...more
The Mirrored Heavens by David J Williams
Published by Bantam Spectra, May 2008
In recent years it’s been good to see publishers push out new talent in the SF field. This book continues that trend by being a hyperactive debut novel. If your tastes in SF run to a nicely extrapolated projected future and lots of espionage activity, saving the world and beyond, this debut might be the book for you.
Much of its initial premise seems to be set up in th...more
I was frustrated by the ending. It's good in that it isn't predictable, but bad in that there are zero clues, or at least zero that I caught, that could even give you an inkling of how it might end. So while the ending ties everything together...more
As the story bounces between the groups of characters, it is often difficult t...more
I've got some gripes about whi...more
I struggled with this book. It was fascinating and fast paced, but confusing as it jumped quickly from the perspective of 3 different characters/team perspectives. As the book came to its climax the transitions happened fast and furious. There was a lovely level of suspense and urgency and the concepts Mr. Williams imagines are frightening to say the least. I really liked it... however... it was not an easy read. I am...more
His terse sentence structure means it moves full forward at full speed. Picture Hemingway as Science Fiction. His observations of what life is becoming as we s...more
And now, having finished it, I can say it's one of the best cyber punk/politicky type books I've ever read. There are two more in the series. Stoked.
There's a future earth. There is a truce between two great coalitions. There's a terrorist organization called Autumn Rain. Shit starts blowing up immediately and does not stop. There's a lot of intrigue and subterfuge. There's a cyber zone that is tastefully designed. It feels like a very...more