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Lee’s best friend went missing on Bodmin Moor, four years ago. She and Mal were chasing rumours of monsters when they found something all too real. Now Mal is back, but where has she been, and who is she working for?

When government physicist Kay Amal Khan is attacked, the security services investigate. This leads MI5’s Julian Sabreur deep into terrifying new territory, whe
Published August 20th 2020 by Tor
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May 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC provided by the publisher—Tor UK—in exchange for an honest review.

4.5/5 stars

Children of Time has won the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 2016, and Children of Ruin won the “best novel of the year” in The British Science Fiction Association Award a few days ago. Tchaikovsky’s newest work, The Doors of Eden, will definitely continue to win him more prestigious SFF awards in the future.

Tchaikovsky has written a LOT of books, and I’ve read only Children of Time and Children of Ruin prior to reading t
I just read one of my new favorites not just for this year... but perhaps for this entire decade.
Or rather, let's just scratch that and say it's one of my favorites.

Adrian Tchaikovsky himself said, about this book, "I have quite the trip in store for readers," and he wasn't joking around. The opening seems rather scientific and dry, and perhaps some people will appreciate the little primer on evolutionary science through deep time, the first building blocks of life through Earth's curre
James Tivendale
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freecopy, sci-fi
I received an uncorrected proof copy of The Doors of Eden in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Adrian Tchaikovsky and Tor for the opportunity.

Four years ago, young lovers Lee and Mal went in search of the Birdman of Bodmin. The girls were cryptid hunters and they were fascinated by the unexplained including creatures such as the aforementioned Birdman, the Sasquatch and the Loch Ness Monster. During their hunt on the moors of Bodmin, events took a turn for the worse and only o
Nick Borrelli
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Adrian Tchaikovsky has always been one of my "must read" authors. Part of the reason why is that he is so incredibly adept at creating magnificent and compelling stories across multiple genres. Over the years he has written some excellent science-fiction, space opera, as well as epic fantasy. If you get a chance to check out some of his previous works, you will see exactly what I'm talking about.

I had no idea that Adrian had a brand new book coming out this Spring (May 28th to be precise) until
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‘If it was Narnia, it was a Narnia where the White Witch had won. Always winter, forever and forever, in a world that had died a hundred million years before lions might have evolved.’

I’ve heard it said that Adrian Tchaikovsky is an incredible writer. I’ve heard The Doors of Eden hailed on Goodreads as ‘an extraordinary feat of the imagination’. Well, I’m here to say I wholeheartedly agree.

This is a multiple of firsts for me, as not only was this my first novel by Tchaikovsky, but this was also
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi

Bullet points:

* Tchaikovsky is a “will read anything” author for me.
* This has parallel worlds and is mostly science fiction.
* Lots of evolutionary biology. If evolutionary speculation and analysis of how life on our world could have evolved differently isn’t your jam, this probably isn’t for you.
* If you always wanted to know what the world could look like if there were more lemurs or giant centipedes, this is for you.
* lesbians, trans characters and more diversity.
* Possibly a bit
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Stories involving multiple timelines, i.e. the multiverse, are a well worn sci-fi trope by now, going back decades. For me they always bring to mind the Star Trek mirror universe episodes where the crew meets evil versions of themselves, easily discernible by their sinister goatees. These stories generally riff on our reality in fairly minor ways, though sometimes with interesting and profound implications. Adrian Tchaikovsky, however, takes this concept to the next level, and in a completely or ...more
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I'll need some time with my English dictionary to get a decent review together. This is definitely one of those books where I wished I could have a category above 5 stars, for the really outstanding, mindboggling works I've read.
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
* I received this free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review *

This was a book I was really looking forward to as soon as I heard that Adrian Tchaikovsky had written a new SF novel (a.k.a doorstop) and after I had the privilege to hear him and Christopher Paolini discussing their new novels and the research and ideas that went into them. The book did not disappoint, and I ended up doing a combination of reading and also audiobooking it.

The story is a big one, but it starts off fair
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The Doors of Eden”
Book by Adrian Tchaikovsky
@macmillan 2020

Do you believe in God? In aliens? In parallel universe?

Do you want to have that experience?
Imaginary walk with dinosaurs?
Words creation or apocalypse experience?

You can!

For a day or two, while enjoying this fabulous book!

Sometimes you are loosing the feeling of reality, and starting to guess:
is this still reality or author’s imagination?

Great reading experience full of new thoughts and ideas!


“You’are quiet, now, subdued by
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Jan 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021

Imagine a tree trunk with many branches – and all the branches, wherever they arise on the stem, all reach up to the same height. That’s because they’re timelines and that height is the present moment, and that’s how time works.

I find geological diagrams fascinating even without the added thrill of alternative histories. I also collect pretty polished pebbles with crazy lace patterns and sparkly colours that look like frozen liquid time. This new novel by Adrian Tchaikovsky seemed to tic
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
While cryptid hunting on Bodwin Moor, young friends and lovers Mal and Lee get separated after an encounter where three standing stones become six and midsummer Cornwall suddenly becomes a much colder scarier place. Mal goes missing, presumably wherever the cold other three stones are and with the monstrous inhabitants of that place. Lee manages to go on with her life until four years later, out of the blue, she gets a call from Mal who has some strange new friends.

MI5 analyst Julian Sabreur and
Children of Time is one of my very favourite novels and so I read The Doors of Eden the moment I could. It's thoroughly entertaining as it immerses us in its fractured worlds. Some intriguing and extremely varied main characters! Gorgeous descriptions, some moments to make you shiver and others to make you laugh, plus an important message. Review to follow closer to publication on For Winter Nights. ...more
Dawn C
Aug 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Not gonna lie, Adrian Tchaikovsky is one of my favorite authors, and yet I was unfortunately disappointed in this novel.

Apparently the world was ending because the fabric between different realities, alternate Earths, was crumbling, though why this was happening or exactly how was never made clear. How any of the people from the various realities were able to travel between these worlds is not explained either. One of our human protagonists explains that she just sort of thinks of doing it and t
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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This review is spoiler-free.

A new book from Adrian Tchaikovsky, one of my favourite authors, is always an exciting event. The Doors of Eden was a book that immediately caught my attention with its stunning cover and intriguing concept. I had sky-high expectations for this book, and I am so pleased to say thatthey were absolutely met! The Doors of Eden is an incredibly accessible, fun, and thou
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am very pleased that I liked this book. This is my third Tchaikovsky book and sort of my first test to see if I like Tchaikovsky or if I just like his Children of Time series. Fortunately for me it was great. Perhaps not as great as Children of Time but still very good. Tchaikovsky returns again to his main theme of "What if..." In this case, instead of exploring if one or two species evolving intelligence along side or with the help of humans, he explores the idea of completely separate (unti ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Let me just start by saying that I don’t think Adrian Tchaikovsky is actually capable of writing a bad book, but some are definitely better than others. When it comes to The Doors of Eden, I would probably place it somewhere in the middle as I quite enjoyed it, but I also didn’t think it was his best. Once again, we may have high expectations to blame here.

The Doors of Eden is told through multiple perspectives which are
Tanja Berg
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was ok
Thank heaven that’s over! It was so awful that I am afraid to pick up another book, lest I be put off reading all together. I look at the five star ratings and wonder what book that was, because surely no one who has read more than five books in a lifetime can identify this as a lot of borrowed bollocks.

I accept that authors borrow from each other, to some extent. At least this one acknowledges as much, although the frequent mentions of Narnia eventually made want to scream and find a wardrobe t
Alex Bright
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was simply BRILLIANT!

4.5 stars, rounded up

Tchaikovsky is a master story-teller, starting with the microcosm of two characters and eventually spreading out to encompass the macrocosm of the universe. The grand philosophical/scientific concepts marry perfectly with the intimate relationships of multiple characters, allowing the audience to comprehend what would otherwise be insanely difficult ideas to grasp. It doesn't hurt that the LGBTQ+ representation is fierce, either! In fact, differenc
Oleksandr Zholud
This is a SF by Adrian Tchaikovsky, one of the most interesting authors in current SF (according to me). It is a story connecting possible evolutions, parallel universes and multiple references, which should endear the fandom. I read is as a part of monthly reading for October 2020 at SFF Hot from Printers: New Releases group.

The story starts with two teenage girls, Lee and Mal, who weren’t much liked by their classmates (Lee is of Pakistani origin as was seen as other, Mal is from a rich famil
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The world is stranger than they'd thought. And more dangerous than they'd feared. Lee’s best friend went missing on Bodmin Moor, four years ago. She and Mal were chasing rumours of monsters when they found something all too real. Now Mal is back, but where has she been, and who is she working for? When government physicist Kay Amal Khan is attacked, the security services investigate. This leads MI5’s Julian Sabreur deep into terrifying new territory, where he clashes with mysterious agents of an ...more
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Eden, such a powerful word: to some, it's a name, to others, an imaginary thing or altogether, a place of delight and contentment laden with cosmological or eschatological imagery. In Tchaikovsky's THE DOORS OF EDEN, it is the inception of many worlds that began like ours with a differentiating evolutionary timeline and development with variant extinctions. A novel that combines fantasy, realism, science, technology, and history into a readable feast for the mind and senses. A modern sci-fi thri ...more
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A genre hybrid (sci-fi thriller dipping into a bit fantasy -because some shit was just so made the fuck up lol)

Overall there were so many amazing ideas in this and they were executed so well. All of the sub plots and ideas tied together beautifully at the end. AND THAT ENDING *chef's kiss* FUCKING AMAZING! I was not expecting the book to go that route. There is so much cool shit at the end that I wish we could get a sequel 😭😭.

But if it's so cool why didn't I give
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Adrian Tchaikovsky is an author whose work consistently surprises and engages me. I knew I’d like this story when I saw a timeline of the history of this planet, shown by age (e.g., Ordovician, Permian, etc) before the story even started. And the story was wonderfully complex, fast-moving, with compelling situations and characters, with my favourite being Kay Amal Khan, profane, funny, and a massive genius of really esoteric and difficult mathematics, and Alison Mitchell, MI5 analyst and profess ...more
Kirsty ❤️
Mar 06, 2020 rated it liked it
It took me a while to get into this one. The book has 6 different points of view covering the disappearance and then reappearance of Mal several years later. It also has interludes of a book discussing other potential earths and what life would be like on them. It's those chapters that lost me a bit. I'm not so hot on hard sci-fi and I haven't read this author before although I've heard lots of good things. It#s quite pacy and builds well and there's some good world building but ultimately a lit ...more
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Here are a few things you can expect from :

Multiple POV’s;
Parallel worlds and Portals;
Intrigue; and

On to the full review…

As I said above, I listened to this via audiobook so I feel it’s only right to say a few things about that…

This is narrated by Sophie Aldred, and I am super thankful to her for providing me with, not only, my first ever audiobook but one I could actually listen to!

I requested this on NetGalley thinking I wasn’t going to lose out on my hard earned cash if I hated i
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, science-fiction
Two British girls Lee and Mal write articles for Fortean Times which specializes on speculations about anomalous phenomena, Cryptozoology (think of Yetis), or conspiracy theories. Out in the Wales landscape, they encounter a mysterious bird man, and it seems that their journalistic dream came true. Only that one of them got lost for several years. Four years later, the story sets off by slowly opening the doors to alternative Earths in parallel universes. Don't expect Werewolfes jump scaring you ...more
Excellent sf - very absorbing and one of the best books of the year.

The book combines biological speculation (alternate Earths where intelligence evolved at earlier points) with an old-fashioned adventure-chase type of sfnal storyline with various organizations chasing a main character who has (part of) the key to life, the universe, and all, so in a way, the book is fairly standard, but what kept me reading was the energy and flow that had me turning the pages even when the alternate earth int
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adrian Tchaikovsky... I don't know how this man does it. This book is incredible. This was my 4th Tchaikovsky novel and my gosh did it push for that number one spot.

A huge thank you to Pan Macmillan for the ARC they sent me in exchange for an honest review.
The Doors Of Eden is the upcoming novel by Adrian Tchaikovsky - set to release on the 20th August 2020.

*Completely Spoiler-Free*

The story this book tells is unlike anything I've read before. That isn't to say that books similar to this one do
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ADRIAN TCHAIKOVSKY was born in Lincolnshire and studied zoology and psychology at Reading, before practising law in Leeds. He is a keen live role-player and occasional amateur actor and is trained in stage-fighting. His literary influences include Gene Wolfe, Mervyn Peake, China Miéville, Mary Gently, Steven Erikson, Naomi Novak, Scott Lynch and Alan Campbell.

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