Brightness Reef (Uplift Storm Trilogy #1)
The planet Jijo is forbidden to settlers, its ecology protected b...more
I dont by the setup - I am not overwhelmed by any ideas in the story, the setting, the premise, etc...
They arent bad, they just dont do much for me. I find it hard to imagine people taking species responsibility over the course of thousands of years. It is hard to get most people who study a specific thing - to agree what happened 100 years ago. So to think we or any like species would carry any guilt for thousands of years seems unlikely.
For this part...more
Brin is experimenting with perspective--from the alien Asx to the Stranger who has lost all language when introducted to Alvin, the young hoon who tells his story in a first person journal style.
Of course, since it's Brin, the intrigue is thick.
Gone are the weird time passage "burps" from earlier books. Everything seems to flow n...more
To sum up:
He introduces five new sentient species (and one already familiar) fairly early in the book as castaways/escap...more
The Uplift series explores race and racism without obvious reference to the terrible history of the first half of the 20th century. This allows Brin to consider this deeply disturbing subject without the baggage of antisemitism, or other...more
I understand that Brin is trying to mesh the experiences and histories of several different species into one coherent story but to me it seems that the large diversity of species is simultaneously the books biggest strength and its greatest weakness. I've read this book over a long period (month...more
The book is split into what seemed like a thousand view points, but was probably only seven (a human male, his three children, a young non-human sentient, one omniscient, and "The Stranger"). Of them, I cared about two of the human's kids; either them or their story line.
So, in this collection of Five Galaxies, all full of worlds capable of supporting life, by order of the Institute...more
Lo que nos cuenta. Tras un breve preludio de lo que parecen los últimos instantes de alguien en una zona pantanosa, conoceremos al joven estudiante Hph-wayuo (al que le gusta que le llamen Alvin) de la raza hoon, que disfruta leyendo historias clásicas terrícolas y que nos hablará de sus amigos, Huck la g´Kek, Pinzón el qheuen rojo y Ur-ronn la ur, una pandilla con representación de cuatro de las razas presentes en el pl...more
I admit, this book did not start out on the right foot with me. All the perspective switching and back and forth through time - that was not what I wanted from this book! I wanted to get back to the god damned crew from Startide Rising! Brin is engaging in some epic level taunt/trolling here. I KID. KIND OF.
It made more sense when I read the afterword and it sounds like he intended this trilogy to be one book, but couldn't do it. So. These ~650 pages are basically just the set up. I'm OK with th...more
The writing style was good, I guess. The setting and preface of the story was potentially interestin...more
Not only is David Brin an absolute master of Hard Science Fiction, his work is a good antidote to the pile of young-adult-inspired-barely-feasible-dystopias that are currently flooding the market and trying to coattail on the success...more
David Brin's Uplift novels--Sundiver, Hugo award winner The Uplift War, and Hugo and Nebula winner Startide Rising--are among the most thrilling and extraordinary science fiction tales ever written.Now David Brin returns to this future universe for a new Uplift trilogy, packed with adventure, passion and wit.
The planet Jijo is forbidden to settlers, its ecology protected by guardians of the Five Galaxies.But over the centuries it has been resettled, populated by refugees of six intelligent rac
If you get through all that (or maybe read the earlier books about this planet, which I didn't), Brin poses the very interesting...more
I set this one down and immediate...more
I came into the series with moderately high hopes. I'd read the first Uplift trilogy and enjoyed all three of those books. This one however...not so much. Most of the characters have no depth. The plot is interesting...but takes forever to get going. I just couldn't find anybody to relate to here. I really liked the idea of the book; I just didn't actually like reading i...more
1)intelligence is too complex to be evolutionally emergent, so it took 4-5 billion years for it to happen the first time, and every time since has been the result of genetic manipulation by intelligent species t...more
The change in voice between different species is also a bit annoying -- other authors seem to pull this trick off a lot better. Although some other reviewers...more
This novel does what the best of science-fiction does, it gets me to think. It triggers new synapses, and I appreciate that. I'd recommend this novel to any science-fiction buff, yet I don't think it's unapproachable for the newbie either. In the...more
This book, like his often are, was tough to get into because it is so complicated, and he let's you figure it out on the way; he doesn't hold you by the hand. He pulled it together and I was very impressed. But the real story, drama, and power of this story has yet to come and I'...more
I probably would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't picked it up explicitly looking for some space opera. Instead I got a bunch of low-tech refugees who hadn't seen a starship in thousands of years. How frustrating!
The first ¾ of the novel was engaged in world building and bouncing through the point of view of the various narrators. The event that sets the action going is a long time in coming. I’m hopeful that now that the set-up is complete the continuing story in Infinity’s Shore and Heaven’s Reach will have the more engaging pacing that was evident in The Uplift War (which was quite good).
This Trilogy about the world Jijo on the otherhand are all tied together and they weave a grand tapestry together about all of the loose ends from the previous three novels.
In the end Brin makes his case for greatness and leaves you wanting more...
Existence, his latest novel, offers an unusual scenario for first contact. His ecological thriller, Earth, foreshadowed global warming, cyberwarfare and near-future trends...more