From the bestselling author of the epic Malazan Book of the Fallen, comes a story of mankind's first contact and a warning about our future.
An alien AI has been sent to the solar system as representative of three advanced species. Its mission is to save the Earth's ecosystem - and the biggest threat to that is humanity. But we are also part of the system, so the AI must m
With Rejoice: A Knife to the Heart, Erikson holds up a mirror for all of humanity.
The Earth, when seen from space, shows no borders.
A First Contact story that examines the path of the human race on Earth, Rejoice nails some very brutal truths about humankind at large; where humanity is heading to and what awaits us in the future without intervention. Once again, Erikson o ...more
"If freedom had an ugly side, this was it."
Sloppy, Mr Erikson. Very sloppy.
Now, the idea itself, idea where humanity was faced with a ET Nursery, and the entire world is forced to behave like children in kindergarten, except that from these children all of their favourite toys were taken away and they were forced to play with each other and be good, is amusing. Very amusing, in fact.
But I think there isn't a human being in this world who hadn't spared at least a minute of thought, la ...more
(my apologies for mistreating the English language)
It is my first reading of the author, so I have no preconceived ideas. I know that he is very appreciated for his fantasy works (Malazan) and instead this is a work of science fiction. So, I have heard that some readers/fans are disappointed, but it is not my case, quite the contrary.
What would happen if some aliens intervened the Earth, in the same way that the NU should intervene in case of the poorest countries that suffer ...more
I've read all the Malazan novels aside from Fall of Light, and consider MBOTF to be the pinnacle of modern fantasy. I believe Steven Erikson to be a genius author with the most gifted voice in all of fiction period.
I've lived in Victoria BC for the last 15 years, and have even enjoyed a few coffee from the establishment where a large chunk of MBOTF was written by Eriksons hand. So needless to say when I saw this new Sci-fi work by my favourite author set in my homebase I had no choice but ...more
Now, it just so happens I agree with the message being told, for the most part. Unfortunately, that doesn't change the fact that I don't buy a science-fiction novel to read a political screed. I don't mind my sci-fi addressing politics or social injustices, not at all (gimme that Ann Leckie and Rivers Solomon!) but this isn't that. This is a blog rant couched as a novel. The narrative consists almost entirely of two kinds of scene.
A) Thinly veiled caricatures ...more
All I'm asking when I read fiction is a good story, nothing more, nothing less. I don't want to be lectured about the true values of life according to Erikson, I don't give half a platypus turd about that.
What I got instead was basically this:
Two stars because it's Erikson, and despite everything, I love the man. Truth is "Rejoice" is actually a steaming pile worth half a star. Fuck this.
A great deconstruction of our society. If you are into thinking about human nature and the way humans interact with one another, read this book. It feels personal and at the same time - generic and all-encompassing. This book isn't about aliens, but about humans. It isn't about first contact, but about our daily contacts with others.
The feelings I got ranged from existential despair to the pure optimism of the golden era of Sci-Fi. Of course, you'll get plenty of Erikson's best - f ...more
The text is meta and removed and philosophical, but at the same time it reads as very close to our reality. This makes it hard for me to see the characters’ ethics and opinions to be anything other ...more
This book reminded me immediately of Longer by Michael Blumlein, in that it represents certain facets about SF that I love, and which repel other readers. Both of these are novels of ideas, and in Erikso ...more
I'm sure smarter people than me have received it better than I will here, but I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed this thought experiment. I love Erikson's writing in general, and this didn't disappoint. He write well fleshed out characters with complex motivations that make sense. And he has spent a lot of time thinking about first contact, and a host of implications.
There's so much I want to say here, and things i want to compare it to, but there are just too many ...more
It not as much makes you think (although that's present), but pisses you off and makes you want to change things. I didn't find any inaccuracies in the description of the current world (except the changed names and maybe toned down personalities). ...more
There are flaws in his plans for this new world order or perhaps he simpl ...more
I really don't enjoy writing reviews but I know how important they are to support authors. Hence my very short reviews. ...more
And now there’s this: a full-blown, ‘proper’ SF novel that takes one of the genre’s biggest tropes – first contact – and gives it a whole new spin.
The story begins with science fiction author Samantha August being abdu ...more
boring and smug.
Personally and professionally self-satisfied.
Indulgent in depicting his own elaborate formation of reoccurring cliches and fetishes.
And uninterested in crafting his, undeniably timely I guess – if not terribly fascinating – critique of capitalism into a readable novel.
Erickson seems almost lazy here (not an adjective I ever expected I'd ...more
At first I had a little difficulty getting into this book, I think simply because of the ... jetlag (?) ... of reading a non-fantasy Erikson story. I kept wondering, "Where is this Canada in relation to Australia, I wonder?" then feeling like an idiot. That passed after 15 minutes or so. Once I got into it, I really enjoyed Stage 1 (of 5) of the alien invas--sorry, INTERVENTION.
The setup is great. Basica ...more
Rejoice, a Knife’s Heart is a sci-fi novel by Erikson. Erikson is probably most known for his Malazan fantasy book series. Books I’ve heard great things about so I was eager to give this book a chance. Unfortunately I struggled a lot with this book.
Sci-fi comes in all shapes in forms. From dystopia to space opera’s. But one other aspect that is often a big part of the genre is the introspectiveness to l ...more
OK, this book needed to be written, it has important ideas, etc. But gosh, it's dull. I'll never read it again. It's unavoidably didactic and philosophical, and I admit Erikson has made it less so than it might have been.
Wouldn't mind an explanation of ...more
Rejoice is a book with Erikson's view on a future without violence and how if you take that element of the equation, your entire system would change; Social structures, economy, politics, capitalism and so on...
A new type of post-scarcity Communism - all the communism disadvantages.
you take a shape/ pattern of our current world, and a new shape without the violence and enjoy the transformational journey in 5 stages during the book.
Personally, I only enjoyed the bits where the AI and August conflab'd... the rest of it felt like the kind of multi-testimony filler that takes a clever short story into novel-length word count. Gollancz themselves must accept the blame for ...more