The Consuming Fire
The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi is the dazzling follow-up to The Collapsing Empire – a space opera in a universe on the brink of destruction.
The Interdependency, humanity’s interstellar empire, is on the verge of collapse. The Flow, the extra-dimensional pathway between the stars, is disappearing, leaving planets stranded. Billions of lives will be lost –...more
"In that sense it doesn't matter whether it was divinely inspired or the result of a temporary l…moreThat is actually answered in that very same prologue:
"In that sense it doesn't matter whether it was divinely inspired or the result of a temporary lack of oxygen. What matters is that the aftermath -- and while you did have enough oxygen -- you decided to make the church your vocation. So let's you and I make the most of it, shall we?" Lenson decided to make the most of it, and plunged into seminary studies.
It's his origin story, nothing more. (less)
More lists with this book...
As to the plot, I think the strength is the mix and pacing. For as much politics, religion, and manipulative maneuvering as there is, this book still moves quickly. There is action, including assassination attempts, prison escapes, and s ...more
What this novel does right, it does very right. Namely, he's got some very tight prose. His barebones linear plot always manages to explain everything in crystalline fashion, leaving nothing occluded, and it shows in just how much he accomplishes in such a short novel. I'm reminded of some of the best short novels of the Golden and Silver age of SF in both the style and function with one caveat: there's nothing at all racist or homophobic or sexist about it. :)
Second thing: His underl ...more
Galactic travel is breaking down in this part of the galaxy and human civilization is in grave danger. The emperox of the Interdependency is convinced, but she’s surrounded by a lot of extremely wealthy, powerful people who aren’t so sure, and are actively conspiring against her.
It reminds me very much of Asimov’s Foundation trilogy, except updated with a more complex plot and better technology. Also more humor, way saltier language, and frank talk abo ...more
In this second book of the Interdependency series, we again embrace the empire as Emperox Grayland II understands and rules it. But we also become privy to some fascinating revelations about the Interdependency's origins as well as the ability to navigate it.
"I was just ...more
In my review of The Collapsing Empire, I wrote that while it marked a strong return for John Scalzi to the realm of space opera, ultimately it is the next book that will determine whether The Interdependency series will sink or swim. So now that I’ve read the sequel, what did I think? Well, I’ll be honest—I was hot and cold on it. There were moments where I felt the novel floundered, but others where things really soared t ...more
Liked it even more the second time. Felt a lot more cinematic. I’d love to see a movie of this. There are some great characters and I definitely connected with Cardenia/Grayland more this read. I’m deciding who to cast as her in my film version. Her “address” at the end is just as epic as I remember. So satisfying. Audio by Wil Wheaton highly recommended.
Didn't love it quite as much as the first, but still a lot to love. Like Emperox ...more
I always enjoy Scalzi's books. They are fast paced, witty, and reside in fascinating, well developed worlds; The Consuming Fire is no exception. Following hot on the heels of the events of The Collapsing Empire Scalzi wastes no time in continuing the fast paced story of an Empire whose foundation turns out to be built in the equivalent of cosmic sand.
I think this book's strongest point is its story. Scalzi does a wonderful job both creating the framework for it to ...more
"I was a teen-age Emperox." Grayland II comes of age early in her (unexpected) reign, and decides to publicize the coming disaster that losing the Flow will bring by..... having religious visions! It's not quite as nutty as it sounds, and usef ...more
Loved this book as much as I loved the first book in the series.
Background: I read books for the characters and yes there should be a plot but characters are what really jazzes me and gets me "into" a book.
Scalzi can write.
I mean he can really write great characters.
Sure he has a lot of swipes at (let's just call them what they are...idiots) climate change deniers in this book so there are greater them ...more
CONTENT WARNING: (view spoiler)[ some body horror, prison violence, mild sexual coercion (hide spoiler)]
Things to enjoy:
-Kiva and Cardenia. The stars of the show again, this time Kiva is in charge of finances, and Cardenia is announcing she's a prophet. They were still fun characters with their very own moti ...more
Those of us who know Scalzi appreciate his sense of humor, his imaginative plotting and his adept dialogue. What I hadn’t appreciated until this book was how nuanced his sense of evil was. So, this is a dark comedy about the veniality of those in power.
For most of this book we are on the home world of the Holy Empire of Interdependent States and Mercantile Guilds ruled b ...more
While reading this sequel, I finally understood what exactly wasn't working for me when I reread - and loved a lot less - The Collapsing Empire. It's about the relationships. And with that I do not mean only the romance, even though it's part of the problem.
Every relationship the characters have in this book has basically no depth to it, even when the character involved aren't completely flat (and they of ...more
Scalzi is a hilarious and irreverent presence in the Twitterverse, adding a measure of sanity and wit ...more
The story and language are zippy, and frequently funny, even while the plans against Cardenia grow wide and fast. And the ...more
Lady Kiva, Lord Marce and Grayland II all feature along with the cast of evil evil-doing conspirators of evil. It's a struggle between people who understand just how much trouble they're in and a group of characters who wish to maintain their self-advantageous ...more
There's the space opera... the characters... the backstabbing... the silly names for spaceships... the existential threat that virtually no one treats as an existential threat (because it might threaten their bank accounts)... all this combined in a format of a rollicking space adventure!
The Consuming Fire is the second book in John Scalzi’s Interdependency trilogy, and it goes ten thousand miles per minute from start to finish. No middle-book doldrums here!
We pick up where we left off at the end of The Collapsing Empire. The Flow is collapsing, meaning that the shortcuts through space-time that allow interplanetary travel are starting to disappear w ...more
The second half was more adventurous, less politi ...more
|Science Fiction A...: * May 2020-'Sequel to a book we have read'-The Consuming Fire||6||32||May 16, 2020 01:17AM|
|Play Book Tag: The Consuming Fire - John Scalzi (4 stars)||7||15||Apr 14, 2020 05:30PM|
|Play Book Tag: [Poll Book Tally] The Consuming Fire by John Sclazi 3.8 stars||1||11||Feb 16, 2020 06:54PM|
(If you want to contact John, using the mail function here is a really bad way to do it. Go to his site and use the contact information you find there.)