Like so many others, Ramon Espejo ran from the poverty and hopelessness of the Third World to the promise of a new world--joining a host of like-minded workers and dreamers aboard one of the great starships of the mysterious, repulsive Enye. But the life he found on the far-off planet of Sao Paulo was no better than the one he had abandoned.
Tough, volatile, and angry--a...more
Summary (vague spoilers) at my blog.
To popular culture, this book doesn't have much going for it. It's science fiction, the premise is hokey, and the characters aren't sympathetic. Did I mention it's science fiction? Give it some credit, though. Where other than scifi ...more
Humanity established colonies on various planets with the aid and assistance of a sentiment alien race, the Silver Enye. The Silver Enye were only one of several sentient alien species that humanity had come into contact with.
Things begin to become clearer when he’s brought out of his state of darkness by aliens. These aliens take him to their leader. T ...more
The story would work a bit be ...more
Don't get me wrong — the science fiction elements ...more
The sci-fi elements of this book don't get in the way of the story, as they do with some books in this genre. (I'm not a huge sci-fi fan, really, so when it devolves into nothing but aliens and future technology my brain shuts off for some reason.) This is a twisted tale about a character getting to know himself ...more
It now sits among my books as one of the most interesting tales with a sci-fi element.
I noticed most reviewers on here openly disliked the main protagonist, and true enough, he is portrayed as quite the anti-hero, an unpleasant character and someone you'd rather never hang out with. And all the better for it, fo ...more
A snob may decry the lack of lengthy descriptions or some of the caricatures noted in the tale, but when there's a really good story, the authors don't have to fill pages with "azure skies peppered with wispy, yet bilous, white clouds. The kind that remind us of a pure summer's day when golden retriever puppy dogs bounce in the tall grass fields towards their barefoot cherub-like child- ...more
What I did enjoy was exploring the question of what it means to be hu ...more
In music, supergroups of established artists are rarely greater than the sum of their parts. The same often goes for science fiction, but critics agreed that these three authors beat the trend by producing a tight, consistent novel. Whether because of Martin's decades of collaborative work, Dozois's long career as an editor, or Abraham's fresh prose style, every reviewer said the book seemed as if it were written by one person. The only complaint came from reviewers who had read an earlier, nove...more
I think it could have been better if it had been longer. Give the reader more time to get warmed up to Ramon, and give a more nuanced sense of the universe versus random info-dumps. You eventually get warmed up to Ramon, but he has to die and experience rebirth ...more
A fun an quick read.
Ramon is such a unique character. I really couldn't wait to see how he handled each new hurdle. When I finished I was sad to leave the universe and wondered what other stories existed on the colony on Sao Paulo. We barely touched the surface of the colony towns and the deep immersion into the flow of one life was done very well.
Why not five stars ...more
What I found fascinating about this book was the story is told from copy-Ramon’s point of view, not the original. The reader gets to watch as copy-Ramon struggles with identity and survival. Who should live and who should die or should both o ...more
Gardner Dozois had the idea for a story about a man who wakes up in complete darkness, but thankfully without the overdone amnesia angle. He wanted to explore that theme, but then he got stuck and passed the story along to George R.R. Martin.
Martin added the river-themed escape and pursuit adventure, then returned the ball to Dozois. Not kno ...more
As other reviewers have mentioned, Ramon is not an immediately sympathetic protaganist. He's violent, foul-mouthed, self-centered, and misanthropic. Then again, his world seems to be composed of people running away from something and consoling themselves with alcohol and fighting, like a ga ...more
Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies, ...more