The Gap Into Ruin: This Day All Gods Die (Gap #5)
But they are fantastic.
The Gap series, spanning five novels is a saga of abhorrent charters, deep space and political backstabbing and intrigue. By the time the third novel starts it's moving at a breakneck pace, leaping between multiple viewpoints, (about ten characters) all moving against one another, judging motivati ...more
My father handed me the first one, saying, "This is full of violence and rape and you'll probably hate all the characters in this first book, but the story just keeps getting better."
He was right. The story begins with a space pirate attack on a police ship and the "rescue" of the last survivor on the police ship and concludes with the human race fighting the Amnion, an alien species capable of extreme genetic manipulation. Despite the ...more
I have to admit to feeling very emotional at the end of the story. Warden Dios's message to Morn was a fitting ending to this emotional rollercoaster of a series. His ultimate sacrifice was worthwhile to ensure that all was set right but devastating in the same way that Covenant's loss was.
All in all, t ...more
Donaldson is an opera enthusiast, Wagner a particular favorite, and the Ring cycle is the inspiration for the story in this five-book series. As usual, the story hasn't been culled from other sci-fi and hasn't been imitated by others. D ...more
*This was too pretentious to be ignored. I loved it. Part of my grimness in ploughing through the really boring chapters was to see ...more
'This Day All Gods Die' closes the series with an epic finale with Donaldson bringing all that, that he was building from the previous books in a story with full with intrigues, politics, battles, suspense and with some very unexpected twists.
The story in this book focuses, mostly, in only one place: Suka Bator, the center of the Council of GCES, and also the UMCP's Headquarters which, together - and with unexpected alliances, they will have to find a solution of the UMCP's corruption and sc ...more
It's also a very believable future story, as much as I desire The Culture, I t ...more
The final installment of the Gap Series plays its own part in the well composed structure of this five piece novel. It doesn't just contain the ending, rather, from the first to the last page, it is the ending. The events of the previous volumes have set up the circumstances for The Gap into Ruin, now everything is in place as it begins. The route toward the end is well over 600 pages, and the beauty of it all is that Donaldson used the space to ...more
We see higher level political implications of the plights of the characters. The higher level ramifications are both more and less satisfying than the close up portraits. ...more
It takes a rare kind of intelligence to be able to juggle between hundreds of different threads without losing the beat of the general story. The abysmal darkness of the human psyche and its hardwired longing for redemption especially when all bets are off, coupled ...more
I was also never fully invested in Fasner's villainy, nor did the overall governmental structure ...more
Don’t Judge the Book by Its Title
In spite of what the book-five title, “This Day All Gods Die,” and the book-three title, “A Dark and Hungry God Arises,” could ...more
I think Donaldson does better with SF than fantasy. The series is set in a future as created by something called the Gap Drive, an FTL travel method that sometimes drives people mad. It starts out with a complicated little minuet of a story involving the lives of three people who live on the fringes of space (the first novel), but over time the series becomes a complicated tale involving a terrible cold war between an alien rac ...more
Anyone reading this will have likely enough read the books leading up to it, if not this review in particular, so I will leave just a few thoughts and big-picture observations I had after finally finishing the Gap Series:
First, I have said for some time that this series would be a fantastic TV series for HBO, even going so far as to post my Dream Cast at the end of each review (including here). However, I now believe it to be impossible, and for ...more
The concluding volume of the Gap series finds the battle-weary crew of the *Trumpet *in disarray, while Angus Thermopyle races home with his family, unaware that he is heading into a battle for the future. Reprint. *PW. *
### Amazon.com Review
Tough-as-nails Morn Hyland, pirate-turned-cyborg Angus Thermopyle, and the whole crew from the United Mining Company Police are back in the final book of the Gap series, *This Day All Gods Die*. The Gap plot has raced through the galaxy at breakneck speed
The GAP cycle is a reworking of Wagner's Ring Cycle (an opera).
You can read all about it here:
First let me say this is the bleakest series of books I've ever read:
All the characters in the book are constantly cycling through the following emotions:
You can forget about anything related to a good emotion. It doesn't happen once in al ...more
The first book in the series, The Real Story, was an interesting sci-fi-flavored psychological drama, (despite all the rape) but I didn't think enough of it at the time to want to continue. But then after getting completely turned off by Donalds ...more
EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION:
Stephen R. Donaldson was born May 13, 1947 in Cleveland, Ohio. His father, James, was a medical missionary and his mother, Ruth, a prostheti ...more