First contact with extraordinary aliens, glittering technologies that could destroy the universe in a nanosecond, huge sweeping space operas: Alastair Reynolds is back!
Some centuries from now, the exploration and exploitation of the Solar System is in full swing. On the cold edge of the system, Bella Lind, captain of the huge commercial spacecraft Rockhopper IV, helps...more
Pushing Ice is often cited as one of Reynolds’ best b ...more
OK. Here’s the thing. In my initial review (quite a while ago) I ranted a bit about one or two things that bothered me about Pushing Ice. Lately though, I find that the novel keeps haunting me. A lot. Since this is exceptional, I went back and had a quick glance at some of the details. While I still have an issue with some aspects of the power struggle dominating the story, I have to admit that there is quite a bit of wonder to be had from the novel. The Structure, in particul ...more
[7/10] this book falls about halfway between "OK" and "really like it" . Well written, but a bit verbose and light on the scientific speculative part. A lot of good ideas are only touched upon or mentioned in passing, leaving the focus of the novel on interpersonal relationships and some space opera fireworks.
Of the three distinctive parts of this epic, the first - dealing with an industrial spaceship chasing after a rogue satelite - reminded me of the mo ...more
Why do I come back to your books? That's the question I kept asking myself, when reading this book.
This is not to say that all of your books are absolute drivel, like this one is. And, it's true, Pushing Ice is not without some interesting ideas and speculation... that could have been explored in about half as many pages and one third the flat dialogue that one can only skim after awhile.
Now, the tech you have down, and you know your science, which I very much appreciate. ...more
The main problem for me is the characterisation. It's all so cardboard cut-out, thrown-together stereotypes, as if stereotypes are somehow okay as long as you mix them up a bit; everyone's reasons for doing things are either underexamined or just make no sense. The only person who feels vaguely non-cardboard is ...more
Pushing Ice, as a title, leaves a lot to be desired. It seems... rather pedestrian for what it actually IS.
Janus, one of Jupiter's moons, happens to be a spaceship. And more than that, forgive my spoilering, it's full of far-future tech (whic ...more
- "that's no moon!"-
now moving towards the star system of Spica, 260 light years away, and it's pipe-like giant thing (that turns out to be something surpising, too). But destiny has more in mind, surprises that are all not pleasant (but we see from prologue and epilogue some benefits f ...more
Although it’s pretty static in action, its scope is as colossal as we got used to. And we get some really interesting alien species as well.
There is also a change in the way the story is told: in bits and pieces, with gaps between the events, on which eventually we get some answers, but mostly the reader is let to draw its own scenario; I really liked that – it put my imagination to work. Also, it is not focused on technology or ...more
Pushing Ice is gripping from the very first page. Janus, one of Saturn's moons, suddenly zooms away, and of course, we give it chase. (Who wouldn't?)
Janus turns out to be a spaceship in disguise, and the people giving it chase are the unfortunate souls on board of a ice miner who just happened to be the nearest ...more
I was intending to keep reading until the point that some said "they really got hooked," but I don't care about this book enough to slog through another 50-60 pages. Someone dying was the highlight of my reading experience in the first 86 pages, and that doesn't seem like a great recommendation for it.
I bounced hard off this. Part of it might be mood, but I think most of it is just my personal pet peeves.
Here is a list:
-The prologue angered me. It's about an interplanetary parliament c ...more
Then, after Bella Lind puts it to a crew vote, the mining ship Rockhopper sets off in p ...more
The characters are unlikeable. I can think of only one minor character in the book that didn't need a lobotomy. The rest irritated me with either their lack of depth, ridiculous pettiness, or inexplicable decision making.
Beyond that, the plot was pretty boring. There is actually very little true plot. The vast majority of the wordcount describes a 100 year long grudgematch between the two main characters. That's right. An interstellar catfight ...more
'Pushing Ice' will be one of the most unusual generation sagas most readers have ever encountered. Hint: Einstein's Theory of Relativity is involved...
Bella Lind is Captain of the Rockhopper, a mining space ship which is equipped with nuclear devices and other heavy machines for mining ice. The year is 2057. Jim Chisholm, Bella's second-in-command, is in sickbay with a newly discovered brain cancer ...more
In some ways it reminds me of Absolution Gap because it involves a group of humans trying to survive in an alien environment and it was hard not make a superficial comparison between the main ship Rockhopper and Nostalgia for Infinity as far as there relegated role in both books went.
The book covers mellennia ...more
I know that I have read all the best Reynolds books, but I had saved Pushing Ice for this exact time. Getting back into reading. It did the job.
Reynolds is good at getting you immersed in a story and I whilst I thought the book started off slowly, it kept me hooked and once again I started reading during my lunch time and at home instead of flipping on the PS4.
It definitely is not hi ...more
Then more and more blatant manipulation by STUPID means. Ugh
Thankfully, many of his other books are fantastic.
please click here to read the rest of this review on my blog ...more
Second stand-alone book that I’m reading from Alastair Reynolds and this one was a little bit different from what I originally expected but nevertheless he has managed to make some pretty good ideas in a story of survival and quest of the truth at the edge of the universe.
Captain Bella Lind and her crew aboard Rockchopper are space miners and their job is to “break” ice wherever they find it. But before they could finish their current cycle and return back to Earth they will be notified th ...more
Character-wise, though, I'm not sure I really feel for them. They're human, with human fail ...more
By the standards of hard sci-fi, this is an astoundingly well-written novel. Too many sci-fi writers use their characters as a series of mouthpieces to move along the plot and explain the big ideas, but most of the characters in Pushing Ice felt like real people. Reynolds has a keen understanding of indi ...more
Pushing Ice doesn't start out on that scale - the crew of the Rockhopper is just a bunc ...more
It did not disappoint: it is fast moving, well written, excellent story and it has it all - politics, science, personal drama, aliens. Everytime I ...more
First half took me pretty long time to read. I had a feeling that actio ...more
I didn't enjoy this a ...more
I suppose that might have been the point a bit, given the story is about people making due in unfamiliar and unsettling circumstances.
I'm also starting to see a trend with Reynold's writing, in that he doesn't usually give you the payoff to a situation. He builds suspense and gets you excited for what's about to happen; but then ends the chapter or section right before. He later recap ...more
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