This was a good book, with something lurking in the shadows near the end. Lets go on with the second book, that is how you tell if there is a good serThis was a good book, with something lurking in the shadows near the end. Lets go on with the second book, that is how you tell if there is a good series when the second book can do a better job of drawing you in. This book did that very well for a first novel in a series. Not the very best, but interesting enough, the battle maneuvers are interesting because of the time segments that Campbell states. I like that aspect of the book, it makes one thing that there really are still the known laws of physics that would still have to be adhered to.
I first ran across David Wingrove years ago when the first book of this series came out in the early 90's I want to say... Nine books all well more thI first ran across David Wingrove years ago when the first book of this series came out in the early 90's I want to say... Nine books all well more than 700 pages in length. It was the Epic scale of the story he had written that had me waiting for the last three books in the series, I mean it took me years just to get through the series as you may imagine with the length of each volume. Wingrove's world and the characters he created came so alive for me that I was compelled to stay with the series though.
Yet at the end of the books, waiting for years for the out come... well it was in every sense of the word "Anti-Climatic" the resolution at the end was some how unfulfilling! After so much time I found myself a bit disappointed. Then about five years ago I found myself with the hard cover of Chung Kuo in my hands again, my time was vast and my computer was down so I decided to delve once more into this future world. Again I was consumed!
Recently I found the pleasure of the audiobook, and with Podcasts first and then the inexpensive finds I get from my audio book club, I've spent the last three years listening to wonderful actors read me awesome stories, both classic and contemporary. Then about eighteen months ago I was looking around the net for any sign of Wingrove's work in audio form.... my search came up with nothing, I was not surprised though, it would be quite the undertaking. But my search did not come up empty, no not at all.
I discovered that Wingrove was to come out with two prequels to his fascinating tale of human endeavor, the scope of which is easily compatible to George R. R. Martin's "Songs of Fire and Ice", yet Wingrove had created this before hand. I think that the reason it has not caught on before now is because the world of Chung Kuo is too horrible to imagine, a future without so many things we take for granted... but to the point!
"Daylight On Iron Mountain" concludes the story of how the world I read about so long ago came to be. When I found all of this out on his web site I was so happy, for years I wondered if David Wingrove would give me a new book, and provide an ending that would satisfy me. Then "BAM!" Here he was telling us that there would be prequels, and in his blog he explained about the lackluster ending to "Days of Bitter Strength" the final book in the series. (Not to go into detail you can find and read it on his site: http://www.chung-Kuo.net ) Wingrove says he has a new publisher (Corvus books), and they have recast the entire series, split the nine books in half, added two prequels and "wa la" a Twenty book series is renewed! Best of all he said he re-edited the ending!
Okay just about done here, needless to say I'm Mr. Excited.... And yes the book gets better, and sets us up for the grandeur, the scale, the human sadness and raw passions that has been woven for our awe and delight. I found a treasure all those years ago, now I get to revisit this world of wonder and horror. I urge you if you ever stop reading this series, please pick it back up at some point.... originally I put it down several times (its long there are some slow parts) yet it is worth it to give the series another try, it gets so much better! Howard DeVore is the greatest villain you will love to get to know! But his story begins after this book has ended and almost 100 years have passed.
Well I have done it again, I read this series many years ago. And when I got a hold of it there were a few of the books to still come out. Well here iWell I have done it again, I read this series many years ago. And when I got a hold of it there were a few of the books to still come out. Well here it is again, stopped until the next volume comes out. Now I do actually have the next book, but from the last issue of the series.
I can tell there are subtile differences in some of the book, where he has chopped up the novel from the original versions. So while I wait for the next book, and I think I will try to find out what those differences are. March the beginning of March. Oh boy, I miss the characters already. You have to check this book out, it is very hard to get your brian around. But it is Sci Fi, so try not to let the realism get your panties in a bunch.
In fact the author states that the primary villain has exterminated everyone in the world with skin as dark as my own. And I don't think he even mentions anyone from South America or Mexico either. A future where there are 40 billion people on the planet, you try to imagine that number okay, the we can begin when you realize that they have no idea of what our history was like. It is the classic case of the winner writing the history. If you can get through the first two books in this series you will be just as enchanted and disturbed as I when you read the complexity of what Wingrove has imagined. ...more
Saylor's style and his use of History makes for a most engrossing tale. The fascinum or the image that strikes people in their sleep amid the flames oSaylor's style and his use of History makes for a most engrossing tale. The fascinum or the image that strikes people in their sleep amid the flames of fire. An inspiration or a harbinger of things unknown, a guide a protector? Just who is Fascinius and what will the price be if it is not headed?...more
I enjoyed the book very much. I must have watched the Mini Series with Derek Jacobi 5 times and I am now ready to watch the show with this audio bookI enjoyed the book very much. I must have watched the Mini Series with Derek Jacobi 5 times and I am now ready to watch the show with this audio book as the accompaniment to my visual experience....more