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The Armies of Memory (Giraut #4)

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  109 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Giraut Leones, special agent for the human Thousand Cultures' shadowy Office of Special Plans, is turning fifty--and someone is trying to kill him.

Giraut's had a long career; the number of entities that might want him dead is effectively limitless. But recently Giraut was approached by the Lost Legion, an Occitan underground linked to an alliance of illegally human-settled
Paperback, 432 pages
Published April 3rd 2007 by Tor Science Fiction (first published 2006)
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Dwayne Wojtowicz
John Barnes' "The Armies of Memory" just confirmed the reason why I don't read Science Fiction novels: they drag on and make no sense.

I do understand that "Memories" is the conclusion of a series of novels, but it should refer back to any incident or event to collaborate the present events in this story.

I couldn't even tell you what the primary characters premise was in this book. Nor could I tell you in a few words what the book was about.

Sorry, but this just rates as the second book that I don
Very welcome to those who have been waiting for the next installment of the OSP adventures, and builds up more of the created world. We learn more about Shan's past, and WHY there has been no contact with Addams, as well as the secret involving the springer. My biggest complaint is wondering how many years we will have to wait for the cycle to conclude in A FAR CRY. (My guess is that the Predecessors will turn out to be not-dead-yet, and have a critical role in the relations of organic and machi ...more
Barnes kind of runs out of things to have happen before he runs out of story, so the last third or so of the book is a kind of dull exposition, but it's still set in a fascinating universe that has been growing wonderfully with each new book. He also does a great job of showing us the events in the earlier books through the lens of memory of the now-older protagonist, which I really enjoyed.
4 stars. i like this series, but this entry was particularly neat. the central character was interesting, and so was the theme of creative work as an index of being human in a posthuman world.
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
Thematic course change over the course of the series made it less effective, I think. Dates approximate.
A Giraut Leones novel, re-read Sept 25
Aug 14, 2007 Res marked it as to-read
Locus poll: #15 SF book of 2007.
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John Barnes (born 1957) is an American science fiction author, whose stories often explore questions of individual moral responsibility within a larger social context. Social criticism is woven throughout his plots. The four novels in his Thousand Cultures series pose serious questions about the effects of globalization on isolated societies. Barnes holds a doctorate in theatre and for several yea ...more
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