The Children of the Sky
After nearly twenty years, Vernor Vinge has produced an enthralling sequel to his memorable bestselling novel A Fire Upon the Deep.
Ten years have passed on Tines World, where Ravna Bergnsdot and a number of human children ended up after a disaster that nearly obliterated humankind throughout the galaxy. Ravna and the pack animals for which the planet is named have
If you liked AFUtD for the peeks into the connected, multi-civilization melange of super tech species and near godlike transcended Powers, and the desperate flight of the rescue ship "Out of Band II" from the voracious Blight that was shut ...more
That's how I felt upon getting into The Children of the Sky. Vinge has produced two of the best books I've ever had the pri ...more
I have seen some fairly critical reviews of The Children of the Sky, but it seems that in general they do not criticize the book for what it is but rather because it is not what they wanted it to be. Vinge fans have been waiting for this book eagerly, because the other two books in the series were so good.
My impression, though, is that there seem to be (at least) 3 kinds of readers involved, and we were anticipating 3 different books. First, there are the people interested in the al ...more
To me it felt like the story suffered from Secondbookitis. It seems pretty clear that there is going to be a sequel, but this book just didn't know what to do in the interim. It was interesting to see how the humans were bo ...more
I should have reread A Fire Upon The Deep first, but it wasn't absolutely necessar ...more
There are two big drawbacks to this book. One is the glacial pace (I easily skimmed at least a hundred pages in the middle of the novel with no loss). Antagonists who are so obviously evil that they should've been dispatche ...more
I liked the book, and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It's mid-quality Vinge, and definitely not the place to start if you're new to him. A definite must-read for Vinge fans, like me. For those lukewarm re Vinge -- I'm not sure. For me, 3.5 stars, rounded up. I liked it a bit more on rereading.
There are writing-craft issue ...more
That's why I'm a bit pissed, ...more
Both are sequels to exciting, mega-hit sci-fi novels involving space travel, action-packed battles, changes of locale, and more.
Both sequels are confined to one particular planet, confined to the politics and relations between humans and one particular alien race.
Both sequels, while somewhat well-written, are slow and mundane compared to the first novels they follow. ...more
I so, so wanted to love this book. Vernor Vinge is a great author, and the other books in the Zones of Thought series serve as shining examples of the very best that science fiction has to offer. But while Children of the Sky is by no means a bad book, it is thoroughly average. The characters lacked life, the dialog was awkward, the plot twists alternated between being incredibly obvious and incredibly contrived, and on the whole it lacked the sense of ...more
The original book had two completely different plots centered around different, very interesting ideas. It was obvious that the one plot was moving toward the other, but only because they were appearing in the same book. There was no actual causal relationship between the two, so the book was extre ...more
(view spoiler)[There is probably zero chance of recov ...more
There's a lot of five-star in this book, but also quite a bit of three-star.
Surprisingly few reviewers have noted how interesting the exploration of the Tines concept is. I smiled every time I read "One of X came closer" ...more
My main problem with the book was the plot or st ...more
This book gets 2 stars because I was (only vaguely) curious enough to find out how it ends, and boy was that a waste of time.
A non-ending; no loose ends tied up, an important character dies offscreen and it turns out that was the climax? So many questions left unanswered (in fact, not addressed), and I just don't care what happens to anyone.
The action is so confusing and to no actual purpose at all. Who cares about the darned tines and their internal political struggles? Yuck. The writing style sucks big time.
Avoid. Stick with FUTD which didn't need any sequel.
This one, though, just didn't catch. It almost did, particularly given the way Vinge brings to life his aliens. One of the best marks of a good sci fi author is realistic alien cultures and mindstates, and the pack-minds of the Tines were just wonderfully realized.
That said, I had ...more