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The Gap Into Ruin: This Day All Gods Die (Gap #5)

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  3,713 ratings  ·  75 reviews
From the bestselling author of Chaos and Order comes the conclusion of the Gap series. As the crew attempts to pursue the pirate ship Soar and her captain, their hopes turn to Angus Thermopyle. Angus, Morn Hyland, and her son, Davies, race home, unaware that Warden Dios and The Dragon are locked in a final confrontation that may alter the fate of humankind forever. HC: Ban ...more
Hardcover, 564 pages
Published April 1st 1996 by Spectra (first published January 1st 1996)
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If you can't stand violence, horrible people and or anything unpleasant do not even think of touching these books. They will utterly repulse you, and probably scar you for life.

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
Jul 03, 2007 Emily rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: sci fi fans
Shelves: novels
Stephen Donaldson's "Gap" series is one my favorite series.

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
A wonderful, gripping and devastating finish to this series. Despite Angus being the biggest badass in the history of SF (especially in the first book), you can't help cheering him on in this one.

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
Jul 22, 2009 Lynne rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mature adults
Recommended to Lynne by: found it at Science Fiction Book club
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
Describe any Donaldson novel/series in a paragraph. I dare you. I'm not going to review each book; it was too long ago that I read them. However: If you like your sci-fi straight up, no water or ice, this series will satisfy like 21-year-old Glenlivet single-malt.

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
Steven Ackerley
I've just re-read The Gap Series (I'm lending them to a friend) and I am still in love with this sequence of books. As usual, Donaldson puts his characters through the wringer, every action has a consequence and the decisions made are always too expensive. He makes heroes out of seemingly ordinary people, the line between good and bad is always a blur and he'll even make you see hope in the most terrible of situations.

It's also a very believable future story, as much as I desire The Culture, I t
Rich, tense, alive. What an incredible experience!

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
Troy G
The Gap series is something that only Stephen R. Donaldson could write. Most of the characters have redeeming virtues. Twists and turns recasting the Hero as the Villain, the Villain as the Slave, the Slave as the Hero. In this book we learn why these people have been tormented by themselves and others through the last 4 books.

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.
I find it humorous the so many "one starrers" made it through five volumes only to keep bitching (oops) about the profanity, and the vulgarity, and the very sordid nature of the characters , the situations, and I guess the writer. Hey, he came up with it after all. I don't know. It would be easy to attack those people and sooo tempting but.... Life isn't always pretty. And tough situations force people to make tough choices. Sometimes they are left with no choice at all. Sound a bit like Angus T ...more
Poetic Justice
Stephen R. Donaldson was an apocalypse for me. I've known this pentalogy for years, but lacking *inside* information on its intricately spun plot and expert lexical needlecraft, took me a long time to get up close and personal with it.

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
A stolid (as SRD might use it) conclusion to a really ambitious and mostly successful series. I find it hard to evaluate any but the first book without referencing the others. In that light, there was too much redundancy; it's effective in the first book because of the perspective shifts, but in the latter books, we're really only getting "the real story". So why retell it dozens (literally) of times?

I was also never fully invested in Fasner's villainy, nor did the overall governmental structure
One of my favorite series! It's kind of amazing that I made it to the last book since I really did not enjoy the first two. And in fact, I didn't enjoy ANY of his Thomas Covenant series. But for some reason I contined to read. And books 3-5 were well worth it! Some of the best SF writing I have read.
OMG!!!! TO SAY THE THRILLING CONCLUSION IS TO UNDER-RATE IT!!!! This is an amazing end to a full and complex story of political intrigue, tragedy (both personal and interstellar), corruption(see last parentheses ) , and the final fight for the fate of our race!
Awesome conclusion to my favourite 'mature' sci fi saga. If you like some sci in your fi, enjoy real characterisations, and want to be enthralled, start with book one and get in.
John Dow
Absolutely magnificent in every way. It's been at least two and a half decades since I read this series last and it really has matured with the years.
I love this book -- a truly spectacular ending to a series that addresses interesting questions of what makes us human and what makes us do the things we do.
DeAnna Knippling

The hare crosses the finish line, finally, after doubling back and forth along the track about a bajillion times.

The plot is amazing. The tech has lots of interesting implications. The settings are meh, having been sacrificed on the altar of dialog. The characters are resonant. No more explaining. Please.

I've read the Mordant series, oh, maybe a dozen times. I enjoyed Gap 1 very much on the reread - but the others quickly became bogged down in conceits, rather than being moved along bris
Yup it can and did get better wow!!! Every person who reads scifi needs to read this series
This series is just awesome. Just read it!!
Alicia Koster
Simply Amazing...but not simple at all!!!
Thomas Panzarello
One of my favorite series!
Jul 17, 2013 Vilvery rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Vilvery by: Jezz
Värdigt avslut på en fantastisk serie. En serie som är lång, tungläst men fruktansvärt bra och i denna bok är tempot galet. Eller kanske inte så mycket tempot som intensiteten. Konfrontationen/mötet mellan folket på Trumpet och folket på Punisher är fantastiskt, likaså deras kommunikation med Warden Dios. Allt faller liksom på plats i den här boken. Vi förstår, om och om igen, varför allt har hänt. Vi förstår på allvar att huvudpersonerna verkligen varit brickor i ett spel, vi förstår varför det ...more
D. B.
I've been slogging through Donaldson's "Ring Cycle in space" since 2009, and while the experience as a whole has been consistently challenging and occasionally rewarding, I'm not sure if I have the intestinal fortitude to admit that it's been "enjoyable."

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
Philip Fracassi
I'm only going to say this once for all 5 books: they are a stellar sci-fi series that any genre addict should read. They are not as great as the first trio of Covenant books, but they are a lot better than some of the recent sci-fi books churned out. That said, they are also more than a little disturbing, and, by the end, more than a little hard to believe. Even sci-fi character can't bend so far until they break, and the main villain of this "franchise" does such a personality 180 that as a re ...more
I read "The Gap" series, a five-novel saga from Stephen R. Donaldson.

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
Andrew Wilson

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. *

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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

Very brutal and bleak, but probably the best sci-fi series I've ever read. I must admit the first tome started out in a mild blah-mode, but following Donaldson's trend, the story improved with every book and turned the characters' positions upside down more than once. The last volume was packed with so much plotting and unexpected twists that I kept more than once breathing through my teeth. And by gods, what character development indeed; rare's the author that can squeeze so much personality ou ...more
Well, what to say about this book? In many ways it was perfect. The study on differences between the Amnion and humans continues, and it is interesting how the humans' division turns out to be their strength. The tempo picks up once again as the Amnion threaten Earth. So why the four stars? The reason for this is that the ending was too neat for me. It all played out too nicely in the end, too happily, and I didn't fint it plausible. Too bad, on such a nice series.
It took me a hundred pages or so to get into this, because the plot is so intricate and I had forgotten much of the previous four installments in the series. The tension peaks at about page 250 and somehow the author maintains that tension and interest until the end (600+ pages). Amazing. This is NOT light reading. This series has one of the most contemptible characters I have ever read in fiction in Angus Thermopyle. There may be a character somewhere more appalling, but Angus’ horrific deeds a ...more
Suzana Vuksanovic
Aug 08, 2010 Suzana Vuksanovic rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who loves sci-fi and epic fiction
At the end of the first book in 'the Gap' series Stephen Donaldson talks about the ideas behind the story and the vision that drives it. He likens the series to Wagner's Ring. It seems that way as you go from book to book, highlight to highlight, climax to climax. It keeps building to its ultimate conclusion.
The final installment brings the whole saga to an exciting climax as all the great forces of the universe clash and humankind's existence hangs on the brink and amidst all this a few fallibl
Jakub Nowak
Very suitable ending for a truly epic book series. The pacing is great but the intensity levels are significantly lower. This is however not a bad thing - the previous parts were a true rollercoaster of abuse, brutality and personal drama. This is the time for resolution. I must say that this one of the best sf series I have ever read. A true gem. It may be hard for many to get through the gruesome parts but it is definetely worth it as it is a really powerful tale of remorse and retribution.
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Stephen Reeder Donaldson is an American fantasy, science fiction and mystery novelist. He earned his bachelor's degree from The College of Wooster and master's degree from Kent State University. He currently resides in New Mexico.

Stephen R. Donaldson was born on the 13th May 1947 in Cleveland, Ohio. His father, James, was a medical missionary and his mother, Ruth, a prosthetist (a person skilled i
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