Humanity is enjoying the Galactic Milieu. Colonies are thriving, Earth is peaceful, and as more metapsychics are born, the goal of mental Unity with the Milieu seems close. But a rebel group want Earth to remain separate, led by a man obsessed with human superiority. This ...more
The main surprise in this book (I won't give a spoiler here, though it was introduced at the very end of Diamond Mask) was a great shock. I've known the character involved for all of those 20 years and his/her ending was very sad. And knowing why it had to happen was even worse. I'm pleased to say that I didn't feel the need to ...more
In fact she's written that loop so tautly that I think to actually gauge the real effect of it you have to read all the books pretty much straight through, maybe more ...more
The world is nearly ready for Unity and the Rebel factions are gaining momentum in opposition to the Milieu.
Jack the bodiless and Dorothea MacDonald are fighting Jack's brother Marc who takes up the reins of the Rebel faction and supposedly wants Earth to retain its individuality and not join the Milieu in Unity but beneath all the Rebel dogma he is fomenting a secret plan of his own to advance the human race into a society of fully operant and metapys ...more
Maybe I should have read the Saga books first? Thoughts from those who've read the entire spread of books set in this universe?
Two separate series of books are based in this universe:
The Pliocene series (the Many-Coloured Land series)
The Galactic Milieu series
Magnificat, the last book in the Galactic Milieu series, is the story of the rebellion of a part of humanity against the peaceful Gala ...more
I think that it's the weakest of all the 7 books, feeling a bit rushed, and with a lot of galatic politics to wade through. Still, the characters remain compelling, and it's necessary to read it to finish off the series.
I've done my re-read, I can probably leave it for another 10 years or so, but I bet I'll come back to them again..
The final installment in both the Galactic Milieu Trilogy and the eight book series which began with The Many-Coloured Land - the first book of the Saga of Pliocene Exiles - this is essentially a prequel, but has elements of an epilogue to the entire series as well.
With a return to more exciting style of Intervention, May hypes up the action as things forment and the inevitable rebellion finally fulminates. Unlike Jack the Bodiless or Diamond Mask, the focus ...more
By the mid-twenty-first century, humanity is beginning to enjoy membership in the Galactic Milieu, a confederation of exotic races spread throughout the galaxy. Human colonies are thriving on numerous planets, life on Earth is peaceful and prosperous, more and more humans are being born with the metapsychic abilities that characterize the next step in human evolution . . . and it is not long before these gifted minds will at last achieve total Unity. But xenophobia is deeply rooted in the human
Also if it's not too harsh to say, I felt as if May's impressively polished writing might have slipped just a bit here - yes, some of the cleverness and playful salaciousness was ...more
* The Many-Coloured Land
* The Golden Torc
* The Nonborn King
* The Adversary
These can be read as a standalone series, but who wou ...more
Here, at last are some resolutions, some tying of loose ends. Four stars - it deserves that at least, just for getting me to the end of something so large. And the epic that this is part of is, in my opinion, the best stuff May has written (I haven't yet written rev ...more
I know the ending can seem pretty abrupt, but that's missing the point: in the context of the story, Rogi is only tasked with telling the "secret history" of events from the Remillard family perspective. So not going into great detail about the dramatic encounter is very much a knowing literary conceit; May lea ...more
The Many-Colored Land
The Golden Torc
The Nonborn King
Jack the Bodiless
It was just a disappoin ...more
There is no point recounting what happens, because it will make no sense unless you read the other books. Suffice to say that Julian May started writing a Celt ...more
In a few years time, I've no doubt I'll read it a fourth time.