Empress of Forever
“A classic space opera...a universe we’ve never seen before.” —Delilah S. Dawson, New York Times bestselling author
From Hugo Award finalist Max Gladstone comes a smart, swashbuckling, wildly imaginative adventure; the saga of a rag-tag team of brilliant misfits, dangerous renegades, and enhanced outlaws in a war-torn future.
A wildly successful innovator to rival Steve...more
Praise-worthy imagination and world-building, but sadly, it’s time to admit that Max Gladstone’s books aren’t suitable for me.
Empress of Forever has been on my TBR ever since I first heard about it. Judging from the blurb alone, I was immediately intrigued. Just read the blurb, seriously, it sounds so cleverly insane and my god, Gladstone delivers completely on this; stunningly original and cool world-building to witness. That’s exactly what I found to be brilliant from Gladstone’s bo ...more
As in, this is a goofy, fast-paced, unabashedly hard-SF, galaxy-spanning space-opera mania that mixes cloud-computing universe-spanning quantum-computing with the afterlife, instant travel, world-eating gods, cyborgs, huge space battles, and a HUGE baddie in the Empress of Forever who is literally impossible to defeat because she IS the substrate of the entire universe I just described.
When it comes to the whole grab bag of SF concepts and the way it is a ...more
I want to start by discussing the premise of the book, which has Viv at the top of her evil game of thwarting the law so that she can make the world a better place. The whole human background story gets completely derailed before we get a real understanding of our protagonist's motives or flaws - everything is surface level and ...more
Also it’s super gay.
The crowns trap our selves. They carve us off from the world. But what is the self? There are pieces of me in all of you, and pieces of you in me. We are all empty of inherent form. Trace the threads of each of us, and you find not just the others, but the entire universe. And what crown could bind the whole universe?
Empress of Forever is one of those rare books where things go crazy, hodge podge elements are thrown together, conflicts keep escalating, and everything fries your brain in ...more
Empress of Forever is one of those delightful SF novels where you're shown what imagination can really do with the genre. Like Rajaniemi's Quantum Thief (this being the only SF novel I've read that appro ...more
(view spoiler)[I totally guessed just who the Empress really was and y e s (hide spoiler)]
'The end of time is ruled by an ancient, powerful Empress who blesses or blasts entire planets with a single thought.' WELL, DAMN. ALSO, THAT COVER EXUDES A DON'T-FUCK-WITH-ME BADASSERY
More reasons I want this in my life: 'a big, planet-smashing space opera, set in a majestic and mysterious universe, with a cast of fierce and driven characters at its heart.'
Wow, Empress of Forever is an awesome read. Max Gladstone is one of my very favorite authors who writes adult fantasy. This however is borderline hard science fiction. Bold, ambitious, and of course operatic. This is truly an imaginative read. I absolutely loved it.
Imagine that all the information in the universe can be apprehended and therefore used; for example for traveling great distances by an integration in a sort of hyperspace. Imagine a galaxy in which anyone can connect with this informational aether, can interact with it, and more, anyone have a part of themself in this galactic cloud, that is, like a “soul” (and incidentally it provides a solution for the traditional problem of how to understand the alien languages). Anyone ...more
Empress of Forever starts as a really cool story about a billionaire tech mogul using an advanced AI creation to take on a corporate-government conspiracy and free the ...more
I'm sure any tightening up will happen, as the first few chapters were a little clunky, but otherwise my copy...
It was a punch in the heart. This is what SF *is* and this is what it should be. Possibilities. Madcap adventure. Love. Sex. Fun. Space. The pain of parting, yet carrying someone with you, their echo. Discovery. (Of yourself and worlds.) Destroying. (Samers ...more
- It's got a lesbian protagonist!!!
- One of the most important relationships in the book is a female friendship that's given the same focus and narrative structure as a romance, but in a completely platonic way.
- The plot structure is very much like a traditional quest storyline -- rag tag group of characters find each other and have adventures on the way to defeating the evil empress. Personally, this plot type isn't my favorite, and I think ...more
Rep: Chinese-American lesbian mc, wlw mc
+1 for a daring reach in the enormous scope of this. -1 for having reached a tad too far. I really don't like the big thick books like this that keep introducing a Really Really Powerful Baddie who's untouchable until our hero drops a plastic spoon in just the right place, and in the next chapter here's a new RRPBaddie that c ...more
Max has taught in southern Anhui, wrecked a bicycle in Angkor Wat, and been thrown from a horse in Mongolia. Max graduated from Yale Univer ...more