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Preview — The Gap Into Ruin by Stephen R. Donaldson
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
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
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 ...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
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
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 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 ...more
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 ...more