The Burning Dark
Adam Christopher’s dazzling first novel, Empire State, was named the Best Book of 2012 by SciFi Now magazine. Now he explores new dimensions of time and space in The Burning Dark.
Back in the day, Captain Abraham Idaho Cleveland had led the Fleet into battle against an implacable machine intelligence capable of devouring entire worlds. But after saving a planet, and getting
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what I thought would be a sleek and scary bit of horror in space, perhaps by way of Alien or - since I'm not one to get my hopes up too far - maybe Event Horizon... turned out to be not so horrific. rather a jumble and eventually a drag.
Adam Christopher is a proficient author who gives the impression that he had a great time writing this. and i ...more
Burning Dark by Adam Christopher is a fantastic piece of science fiction horror. It would be more apt to call this a futuristic ghost story than anything else, but even that isn’t right on. Ghosts, space aliens, space aliens that look likes spiders, space aliens that look like spiders and come in planet eating sizes. An unexplainable toxic light star that is the center of this story.These are just a few of the things found in this real page turner.
Think about the movie Event Horizon, or m ...more
Nearly a a thousand years in the future humanity has been colonising space, and is at war with the "Spiders" - a machine intelligence that likes to literally pull planets apart. As large as planets themselves, the "Mother" spiders grab on and sink their claws/fangs in until whatever planetary body it's holding onto falls apart all while spawning egg sacks of smaller spiders that grow as they consume resources.
But that's just the back ...more
The Publisher Says: Back in the day, Captain Abraham Idaho Cleveland had led the Fleet into battle against an implacable machine intelligence capable of devouring entire worlds. But after saving a planet, and getting a bum robot knee in the process, he finds himself relegated to one of the most remote backwaters in Fleetspace to oversee the decommissioning of a semi-deserted space station well past its use-by date.
But all is not well aboard the U-Star Coast City. The station ...more
The shadows surrounded her, swarming like living, breathing creatures. The shadows caressed her skin, holding the rotting flesh onto her bones. Things crawled over her and ate the flesh, but the shadows kept her firm, kept her whole as the things ate, and ate, and ate.
It was too late.
She had eaten the food of the underworld, and she could not return. So ...more
Acclaimed author Adam Christopher brings us the start to a new series with The Burning Dark. Unlike his previous books, this novel is a Sci-Fi/ horror crossover. It is an interesting new addition to the Sci-Fi genre that takes the setting and overarching plot line of a space opera with the feeling of a ghost story. Christopher employs a writing style that utilizes internal monologue from several different poi ...more
So it was that I approached The Burning Dark with no small level of expectation.
When, oh when, will I learn ...
This is a mash-up of any number of sci-fi and horror works you've read o ...more
I don't have a huge tolerance for horror and some of the horror tropes/elements went on a bit too long for my taste without moving the plot forward, but overall it's a satisfying story.
Describing it in a spoilery way (view spoiler)[it's Ev ...more
With this book, however Adam makes a departure from his urban fantasy/pulp-noir books, steering towards a horror/sci-fi mash-up in the first of the Spider War Chronicles. Hell, a haunted house story on the outer fringes of space ? Absolutely original idea and I was all for ...more
I see some are rating it poorly and can't disagree more. When reading a story I try to consider whether or not the author has written in this genre previously and if so, how much. If, like this, it is the authors first venture into this specific genre, I tend to go a little easier. Plus I read first for pure entertainment and second for general problems.
With that in mind I feel the story is great. It had me nervous at ...more
And then, the author tried to explain it all away. Suspense was replaced with convolu ...more
More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/The Burning Dark is an interesting mix of two genres: a haunted house type of thriller with sci fi trappings. It is also a very cinematic book, conjuring images when being read that could come directly from a movie. But the spooky premise and 'bump in the night' chills are offset by an anticlimactic reveal at the end and a distractingly disjointed beginning.
Plot: Captain Abraham Idaho Cleveland is a veteran of a nasty ...more
Aboard a space station in the midst of being decommissioned, ageing fleet veteran war hero Ida Cleveland is assigned, minus the decoration and glory that should come with having saved a planet. His past heroics dubbed lies by the skeleton staff marines counting down the hours to their eventual departure from the derelict Coast City. Faced with unwelcome hostility and a deep sense of isolation, he forms ...more
The story is heavily tinged with J-horror from the Funayurei (vengeful sea ghosts.) Except they're space ghosts here, and I don't mean the ...more
There is not much science in this science fiction novel. While Adam Christopher does throw in the concept of Olbers’ Paradox (the so-called Dark Night Sky Paradox), he rather unhelpfull ...more
The Burning Dark (Spider Wars #1) by Adam Christopher is the first book in a new series from the author. Venturing into full-on sci-fi, The Burning Dark marks a departure from his previous –and well received – urban fantasy/superhero novels. While I have yet to read any of Christopher’s previous works, The Burning Dark does raise a very prominent question for me about the author: why the praise?
Sent out of the way to the Shadow star system and the U-Star Coast Ci ...more
I had just finished reading the latest Alien novel, and while those stories are supposed to be scary and space-horror, it didn't really have that suspense that makes a good thriller. The Burning Dark more than made up for tha ...more
The Burning Dark is a brilliant SciFi, Horror mix, with scenes that makes your hair stand on end. I'm not an avid reader of the horror genre, but here I had a really fun time and it fit very well in the scifi context. I enjoy this kind rather than some supernatural horror in an urban setting.
The worldbuilding was very well done. The whole background to the world with enormous, planet killing spider machines was very intriguing and I was a little bumped we didn't get to l ...more
I am giving this book 4 stars instead of 3 because after reading 'The Overnighter' (see previous review of that book), it was a breath of fresh air to see horror done right. There was so much more anticipation in this book than in 'The Overnighter'. The author let the environment and the character's insecurities spread the tension around. I didn't need to be told that thinks were creepy and ominous, they just were. The characters were well written there was solid tension between them. ...more
Set on a far-flung space station in the last stages of disassembly, this book quickly came to remind me of the movie "Event Horizon."
I don't want to give anything away, but I will say this is one of those rare books that I couldn't stop reading, but didn't want to finish because it was so good. Gripping, creepy, action-y...
I rarely get sp ...more
Katana-wielding ghost queen of demons is fought by time-stranded female Soviet cosmonaut, the cyborg hero-captain abandoned by his own fleet who loves her, an ex-Black Ops space marine cut by the guilt of his family's deaths, a female Santería practitioner who is also the best psi-marine in the Fleet, and a glamorous reality media star. Did I get that right?
Oh yeah, and giant psychic alien robots who are eating our planets. Shaped like spiders.
Very, very atmospheric. (That means cre ...more
Adam has also written the official tie-in novels for the hit CBS television show ELEMENTARY, and the award-winning DI ...more