what??? I thought this was book 1 of a series! now i wonder if I should stop and find the real book one?
came here less than halfway through to say th...morewhat??? I thought this was book 1 of a series! now i wonder if I should stop and find the real book one?
came here less than halfway through to say that this book and the Audible adaptation are making up for the pulsating shitfulness of the recent constellation of one-star Badreads on my Read shelf. Utterly fantastic- gripping story, amazing world building, and a great reading. I never want it to end.(less)
So happy to have found another hard sci-fi author I can enjoy! Not only an author who can write (nothing flashy- the kind of writing that doesn't dist...moreSo happy to have found another hard sci-fi author I can enjoy! Not only an author who can write (nothing flashy- the kind of writing that doesn't distract you from the characters and story with its self-conscious flowery wonderfulness- or its semi literate crapness like a few too many things I have read of late.), but an audiobook narrator who doesn't make an embarrassing abortion of voicing female characters by affecting a creepy breathy falsetto. thanks mr narrator. I love that he trusts the listener to be able to keep dialog sorted without the punch and judy voices! It's been a while since I've been excited to discover a new-to-me author, so I am plenty happy, thanks very much. Went straight into the 'revelation space' series after checking that the same narrator was reading it.(less)
I sat through an author-event last year in which BoJo terrified a room full of book-lovers, many of whom had travelled there by plane, with a horrifyi...moreI sat through an author-event last year in which BoJo terrified a room full of book-lovers, many of whom had travelled there by plane, with a horrifyingly well researched verbal account of how to maximise your chances of not dying in a plane crash. It was so obnoxious, that perhaps it left its stain on this book, which I just couldn't care less about. I was looking forward to it- a good ghost story! By all accounts BoJo is not a bad writer so I was expecting loads of creepy fun. Not so much- I could feel cliches and worn-out boring horror tropes shambling towards me in the darkness. Smarter by far than the characters in this novel, I ran! Ran I tell you! You would be well advised to do the same.
In the spirit of fairness, I would like to add that ESPECIALLY contrasted with the two Gary McMahon craptastrophes I just finished, BoJo can write- at least competently. It's just that WHAT he wrote is dribble.(less)
Wow. This was the Audible.com version narrated by Dion Graham. I never, ever could have got through this without the narrator, who seems perfectly mat...moreWow. This was the Audible.com version narrated by Dion Graham. I never, ever could have got through this without the narrator, who seems perfectly matched to Eggers' prose style. Beautiful, sad, moving, funny- this book is a love story at its heart, uplifting, tragic, exceptional and ordinary all at once.(less)
um. I hate that I didn't love this. It was okay- and visiting Bas-lag is always a blast. I think I would "go" there just to learn more about the world...moreum. I hate that I didn't love this. It was okay- and visiting Bas-lag is always a blast. I think I would "go" there just to learn more about the world. I just kind of didn't care that much about any of the characters, didn't care much about their politics... this book is to the other New Crobozon books as Enterprise was to the Star Trek franchise. Soooo much boring blah blah politics. The other two books had enough side plots and unfinished theads for 20 books. this one kind of had one story, barely enough for one book. Nothing WRONG with it, but a step down from #1 and #2 imo.(less)
Again, enough imagination for 100 books, packed into one. The crazy world of Bas-Lag is worth the price of admission alone. Story full of intrigue and...moreAgain, enough imagination for 100 books, packed into one. The crazy world of Bas-Lag is worth the price of admission alone. Story full of intrigue and adventure, and a lot of interesting, more or less likeable characters. Bellis though, who provides the main point of view? Geez louise, what a narcissistic, stick-up-her-butt bitch! I'm actually really glad the book is almost over- I am enjoying the story but can't wait to part company with the whiny cow! It's like visiting that kid in the "hunger Games" as an adult. Whine whine whine, me me me.... UGH. Enough out of you already, lady.(less)
hmm. I haven't read any other reviews yet, I wanted to do my own first, in case I am being really dumb.
I tolerate, no, enjoy Mievelle even though he...morehmm. I haven't read any other reviews yet, I wanted to do my own first, in case I am being really dumb.
I tolerate, no, enjoy Mievelle even though he is often labelled "fantasy"- and I'm not a big fantasy fan. Sometimes I'm a bit unsure that I really understand why certain books and authors are classed as fantasy instead of sci-fi. Sometimes I'm confused about what makes sci-fi Sci-fi. I know a lot of people think the idea of genre labels is stupid and shows how small-minded I am, so you know. Skip this bit if you'e so inclined, I guess. To me, this book is sci-fi. I suppose you could argue for fantasy too. There is magic here- but really no, it's a kind of technology. It has rules and limitations and is part of the natural world, the physical, scientific world of the story. I can buy that.
The thing about this book that felt kind of like bad writing, and then like a dirty trick was the ending. Only days later did I start to wonder if it was a really really clever device that I was just not up to understanding very quickly. Without spoiling I hope: One spends hours and hours in the company of what seems like the major characters. It seems like the story of those characters is the central thing here. Then- suddenly they are gone, wandering off unsung, unresolved, unrequited, unhouseled, unannealed ;-). It wasn't their story after all. We are abandoned with an inadequate note, along with the true protagonist, with whom we see out the final pages.
At first I assumed this was a cliffhanger ending, but starting 'The Scar' almost immediately showed that it probably wasn't.
Not really sci fi (well it *is*, but...) more a romantic comedy. Alternates between wacky comedy and serious discussion of super serious things like...more Not really sci fi (well it *is*, but...) more a romantic comedy. Alternates between wacky comedy and serious discussion of super serious things like suicide and the Holocaust. Seriously. Great reading (Wil Wheaton) of a mediocre book. Wouldn't bother in print but the audible edition is entertaining enough- the reading makes it. I don't regret spending one credit on it.(less)
Finished this today- having listened to the unabridged audio of the 4 Hyperion books one after the other for the last few weeks. I think my 4 star rat...moreFinished this today- having listened to the unabridged audio of the 4 Hyperion books one after the other for the last few weeks. I think my 4 star rating is rally for the series, not to much for any one book in the series. I experienced them as one long story; and really none of the 4 books stand alone, in my opinion.
Out of the 4, 'Rise of Endymion' seems like the one most in need of a good edit- loads of descriptive passages that go nowhere, and lists of names that would have sent me to sleep if I was reading. I'm giving Simmons a pass on the names, because it occurred to me that lists of names are a "thing" in epic poetry- maybe it was a nod to the tradition? I dunno. Anyway the whole Tibetan interlude could have gone into the chopper, as could the kidney stone chronicles...but whatever. Continuity errors, such as describing in detail how a character would have no hair for 2 or 3 weeks, followed closely by a kind of embarrassing sex-scene in which "she ran her fingers through his hair" abound. But these are nitpicks.
I have to say that all clumsiness of expression aside, all blunders of (especially) dialog ignored- I have to give the Hyperion Cantos in its glorious, long, detailed entirety HUGE points just for audaciousness. For going hard after BIG ideas, for not shying away, or padding (book 4 aside) the MANY complex events and adventures in this saga- some of which could have been stretched out into a novel of their own. I love the many (to me) original things- the Cruciforms! The Shrike! Tesla trees! Farcasting! The river Tethys- what a cool idea! The idea of the Core and the resurrection parasites. I have no regret about the amount of time I've invested in this series- it was worth it for the many cool bits. I can forgive the clunky parts, gladly, as I think the ratio of awesome to silly was still very good.(less)
LOVED this. Not as in love with Simmon's writing as some other reviewers but its' ok because it's such an amazing story. Seriously, how can you not lo...moreLOVED this. Not as in love with Simmon's writing as some other reviewers but its' ok because it's such an amazing story. Seriously, how can you not love a long, juicy sci-fi saga starring the ghost (kind of) of John Keats, a scary monster, as well as a bunch of other well defined characters- in a future that is a bit like the evil twin of the future in Iain M Banks' Culture novels. or maybe like the love child of the Matrix and the Culture. Or something totally, to me, original. I just loved it. I really feel that Simmons has a more realistic perception of far future humans in space than any utopian vision could; we're talking ostentatious consumption, environmental vandalism, political scheming, xenophobia, and religious fanatacism all mixed together- with humans empowered by their AI servants/masters to spread their filth farther and wider than they ever could with more limited tech. Moved straight on from this into Endymion, which I am LOVING because, well, I wouldn't imagine the Catholic Church of the future being any less abusive and corrupt than the one of the last couple millenia. Also, no one does non-gratuitous toe-curling horror and disgustingness better than Simmons. (less)