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Eternity (The Way #2)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  3,947 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Multiple Nebula and Hugo Award-winner Greg Bear returns to the Earth of his acclaimed novel Eon--a world devastated by nuclear war. The crew of the asteroid-starship Thistledown has thwarted an attack by the Jarts by severing their link to the Way, an endless corridor that spans universes. The asteroid settled into orbit around Earth and the tunnel snaked away, forming a c...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 2nd 2007 by Tor Science Fiction (first published 1988)
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I saw positive references to Eon, the first book in the series, in Brian Aldiss's Trillion Year Spree, and I bought it before a long flight. I think I had read most of it, or even all of it, before I arrived in California. It was pretty dull, but somehow I bought the second one too, and it was even duller. Chris was saying the other day that Bear reminded him of Asimov. I don't disagree, though I think I'm even more reminded of A.E. van Vogt, whom Damon Knight memorably described as "a pygmy wri...more
Patrick Gibson
Aug 30, 2009 Patrick Gibson rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci-fi (not fantasy)
Shelves: science-fiction
While I initially had mixed feelings about Bear's Eon, I have to admit that certain points of his world did capture my interest and I did feel the desire to read more. In this light, Eternity is excellent and shows us what happens to most of the important characters after the final events in Eon. In contrast though, the book was extremely slow to start and seemed mainly concerned about the characters attitudes and feelings as long passages were devoted to personal insight and environmental descr...more
This is the 1990 sequel to Greg Bear's 1985 Eon.

Eon was a very good hard-sf novel, that unfortunately has come to suffer from being written at a time (1985) when nobody knew the Soviet Union was about to go out with a whimper rather than a bang. By the time Eternity was written in 1990, that was known, and Bear downplayed a lot of the Cold War plot events that were already established in the Eon universe. Unfortunately, another paradigm was about to shift as well, and I refer here to inflationa...more
Emily Burkman
This follow-up to Greg Bear's earlier "Eon" clinched my feelings about this two-part drama of parallel universes, asteroid starships, and space-time distortions. It's been done before and done better. While certainly a complex tale, Bear's pedestrian writing style and Tom Clancy/Michael Crichton sensibility for plot twists and character development rob the story of any majesty or serious social observation. The beauty of a mathematically ingenious wormhole spanning universes and time itself beco...more
I must say the book kept me entranced to the very ending, finishing a 2am, but on the whole I really was not happy with how things worked out. Somehow I get the feeling he did not know what to do with the mess he had created. But since it kept me interested & since it is the first book I have read on my new Kindle it gets 3 stars rather than the two my assessment of the plot would incline me to give.

**Mild spoilers: My objections: All the interesting world building was in Eon, the whole thin...more
This, the sequel to Eon, is much better than its predecessor. Jeopardy is introduced early and the book appears to be about some things; going home and getting old. Unfortunately I still found it hard to relate to most of the characters and their varied fates.

There is, I discovered, a third book - I feel that I'd like to read it more to see where the SF ideas go than from a desire to follow the characters further. I'm in no pressing hurry, though.
Michael Brookes
One of the things that makes great science fiction stand out is the big ideas. Eternity is full of big ideas. The story is well told, although it takes a while to get going, but once it does it clips along at a fair rate. Highly recommended.
Michele (Mikecas)
da: Al di l� dei toni sempre esagerati delle presentazioni in quarta di copertina, si tratta effettivamente di un seguito che non delude, sia come tematica che come tensione narrativa, ed essendo il seguito di un romanzo complesso come Eon, gi� difficile da controllare narrativamente di per se stesso, rappresenta sicuramente un'impresa non da poco. Bear, di cui avevo anche presentato L'Ultimatum e Il Pianeta della Vendetta, riprende la storia dopo poco te...more
Liz Burton
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This continues the story of Olmy of the Hexamon and the "native Earthers" from Eon. If you haven't read the previous novel, there's no reason to read this review further: this book is not for you. If you have read it, you know the Earth's in a bad way (the "way," get it, that's a pun), and the Hexamon half a century later has been helping it to rebuild it. Unfortunately, progress has been slow, leaving the Hexamon and Earth with a somewhat shaky relationship. The blame for this slow recovery is...more
Some years ago, a decade or more maybe; I tried to read this after having read Eon within the previous 6 mo. to a year. I at that time found the culture of the granddaughter's planet excruiciating almost to read through; it seemed to feel jarring, so out of place with the rest of the book, and rather boring.

BUT, maybe it's just cause I'm more mature now, or what, but I pushed past the first 8th of the book I didn't get past before, and was engaged before I even got that far. Perhaps it's because...more
Mike Franklin
Eternity by Greg Bear

3/5 stars

Although it has the same characters and universe (multiple universes really) as Eon, the first book in the trilogy, this is really quite a different book. In some respects it was better than that first book, in others worse.

I found this book was much less confusing than Eon; it managed to make the whole Hexamon society much more understandable and accessible. In Eon I felt I was being bombarded by too much new stuff all the time and this made the book and certainly...more
Hassan Chaudhri
Dec 24, 2007 Hassan Chaudhri rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of 'Eon'
Shelves: scifi

Eterenity is a sequel to Greg Bears 'Eon', and this should be the deciding factor in whether or not you read it. Unlike some sequels that allow you to pick up and jump into the story, Eternity is best read immediately (or at least soon) after Eon.

As a sequel, Eternity builds on the events of Eon, leaping ahead some years from the original narrative to catch up to familiar faces caught up in new events. Although the scale of events in Eon was epic, Eternity manages to expand the scope of the stor...more
I liked the first book in this series enough to track town this second one (and the third), which isn't easy for books published in the 1980's. And I enjoyed this, but perhaps not as much as the first. The fascinating characters and the difficult situations they face are still there. But this time, my inability to understand the physical set-up bothered me a bit more. I don't know whether it was Bear's problem in not explaining well, or my problem in not really paying attention as I should. But...more
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Adrian Buck
Good on ideas, weak on character and plot. The ideas in this case revolve around the immortality of the soul. In this world the information in the human mind can be copied and stored like digital data, and run like a program. Still by the end that is not marvellous enough, so we need to add in a miracle or two, and the survival of the personality beyond death on good old spiritual grounds. Some interesting musings on the nature of God. The best bit has to be the insectoid alien bad guys that sim...more
It really didn't live up to the expectations set by Eon, but all in all it wasn't a bad book. Unlike some of the other people who have reviewed this, I'm not put off by the fact that the fictional science has been disproven and that the cold war has died with a fizzle rather than a bang; if that were to be an argument as to whether a book is good or bad, most of the work of Jules Verne would have to be rated rubbish.

What did bother me is that the story itself misses the innovation and drive Eon...more
The book's worth a bit more than 2 stars. For me, it took too long to draw the sub-plots together. There were potentially interesting SF ideas that peeked out here & there, but didn't get explored enough. In the end, we saw some SF possibilities at a distance, and some super advanced tech (?) that seemed too "indistinguishable from magic" for me. By the time the sub-plots come together, the book is shifting to telling us in which directions the characters head off stage. I think this would w...more
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The few-decades-later follow-on to Eon, the Old Natives of Earth have been restless and dealings with the advanced humans from the Stone have been tenuous, although progress has been made. There is a side-story that shows what happened to Patricia and her descendants, we learn a lot more about the Jarts, and there is a final decision about what the Way really means to reality. The book is more satisfying in that it explains more and takes the whole universe to a logical con...more
Kevin Groosalugg
Eternity is the sequel to 'Eon'. I liked the book, I really did. But it had so many holes I couldn't give it more than 3 stars. Just about all the characters return in one form or another and Bear gives you a very intense thought provoking read. The physics was easier to understand the second time around but it's just missing something.....emotional ties? Maybe it's just hard to empathize with partial personalities. The ending was also lacking in my opinion, many things left unresolved that I wo...more
Jan 03, 2011 Hettie rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
I have finally admitted that I am never actually going to finih this book.

I enjoyed Eon and wanted to read the entire series but this book did not hold my attention at all. It was all a bit too abstract with no hooks to make me want to continue reading it. It was really diasppointing as I was looking forward to reading Patricias journey epecially as I have a particular fondness for alternate universes, that has been stocked by fanfiction, but these sections of the book I mostly found confusing...more
Jul 07, 2014 Art marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
want to read after reading EON
This is the sequel to Eon, which I just reviewed. This book deals with some of the consequences of the artificial universe described in the first book. Because most of the book deals with re-opening the new universe, as well as politics, it's not as interesting as Eon. However, there is a large portion of the book which deals with a main character taken over by a vicious alien intelligence. Those parts are the most interesting.

Overall I enjoyed the book, and would recommend it.
Espedito De martino
Interessante, di sicuro non ai livelli del primo. Un pò lento. Ci ho messo quasi 1 mese a finirlo. 500 pagine un pò pesantucce.
The sequel, Eternity, is about how mankind must give up it’s manipulation on space-time. After the message of hope brought by the first novel, it is interesting how in Eternity Bear takes humanity back down a notch, not closing the door to the future but simply reminding us that the gods do not take kindly to hubris. And through it all, Bear’s astounding imagination is combined with a gift for good, clear and interesting prose.
Daniel Ross
I loved Eon, so I dove into Eternity immediately. It was a big disappointment. Eon was mostly about discovering a really amazing setting, and was able to pace that discovery well enough that the "Guided Tour" plot actually worked. In Eternity, we've already had that tour, forcing the book to rely on a more conventional plot-- one that doesn't hold a great deal of interest, and which the bizarre setting only serves to disjoint.
Keith Diamond
I am an hardened fan of Greg Bear and have read a number of his books, i.e. Eon, The Serpent Mage, The Infinity Concerto, Blood Music and others. I have found them all to be a great and grasping read and reccommend them to anyone who likes good quality science fiction stories. The concept of this book being the second in the series is remarkable. His first, Eon was an amazing story and Legacy was also an incredible read.
Jeff Daly
I listened to the audiobook version, read by Roy Abers.

I enjoyed the book a great deal. Less so than the first book of the series, "Eon". Perhaps that was due to the fact that the first book introduced me to so many new ideas and was the initial world-building for the series. Still a great read.

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I had a lot of trouble with this one. The first half of the book was slow and boring to say the least. I nearly gave up, it was that bad. In the second half it picked up a bit and was worth reading. I think though it made the book seem better than it was. I will have to think long and hard to see if I read the next one in the series, I really liked the first one, but this has rather put me off.
Louella Mahabir
This is one of the best books ever! My brain felt a little slow on the draw but I made it. This was so well written. This is the work of a man who has already accomplished his little menial stories to find his own style and bypassed the "I am the shit!" stage too. Such good work. It is a pity i read the second one first.
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Greg Bear is one of the world's leading hard SF authors. He sold his first short story, at the age of fifteen, to Robert Lowndes's Famous Science Fiction.

A full-time writer, he lives in Washington State with his family. He is married to Astrid Anderson Bear. He is the son-in-law of Poul Anderson. They are the parents of two children, Erik and Alexandra.
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