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Mai 2025: Die Energieversorgung der Erde scheint gesichert, seit die USA auf dem Mond das Element Helium-3 fördern. Bahnbrechende Technologien des Konzerngiganten Orley Enterprises haben die Raumfahrt revolutioniert, in einem erbitterten Kopf-an-Kopf-Rennen versuchen Amerikaner und Chinesen, auf dem Trabanten ihre Claims abzustecken.

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Hardcover, 1328 pages
Published October 5th 2009 by Kiepenheuer & Witsch (first published October 2009)
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Tamahome
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"I already read this one (it has been translated in Dutch a number of years ago) and I can really recommend this one. I would say it's a bit like peter F hamilton's commonwealth but without the long detailed descriptions. I just realised I haven't finished this book yet. Schatzing is one of my favourite writers so I am always afraid to have nothing left of him to read."


Can't find the book in Goodreads without the 2 dots over the a in his last name. Lame Goodreads search strikes
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Michael Burger
Wahrlich kein Meisterwerk, das Schätzing hier abliefert: Die Charaktere sind wieder mal Abziehbilder, die Dialoge nur schwer erträglich, immerhin weiß der Autor Fremdwörter einzubringen, die in der deutschen Sprache selten geworden sind; leider verwendet er sie in unangemessenen Dialogen, die dadurch nur noch hölzerner wirken.

Alles in allem nicht wirklich lesenswert, auch wenn man merkt, dass Herr Schätzing mal wieder viele Mühen auf die Recherchen verwendet hat. Dafür sind dann jedoch wiederum
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Daniel
Jun 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Daniel by: Katharina
(for GERMAN language)
Wow, this book is amazing. I have never read The Swarm until today, but after reading this book, I am willed to have a look at it.

Limit plays around year 2025. The oil giants are breaking into pieces, because the moon is the new energy-resource with its Helium-3 saturated surface.

Sure, in the beginning (nearly one third of the really thick book) the plot is veeery boring. But after this everything becomes amazing! First all characters get introduced and the current state of
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Günther
Feb 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
boring, long winded with a few intresting concepts and a plot that moves at glacial speed - but without the grace.
Alex
Mar 05, 2010 rated it did not like it
Momentan würde ich sagen, der Autor heisst nicht Schätzing, sondern Schwätzing...grml
Burak
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
1200 sayfalık saçmalık! Sırf dolabımdaki okunacak kitapları azaltmaya çalıştığım için kendimi zorlayıp bitirdim. Bi dünya siyaset yapılmış kitapta ama hepsi kurmaca, sonra iki ayrı hikaye var bir yerde kesişecekler belli ama bu 700 sayfa sonra oluyor. Bi de yazar bir dünya teknik terim kullanmış, hani ben biliyorum bakın araştırma yaptım der gibi. ben anladım o terimleri de sıradan biri ne yapacak? olmamış.
Crysalis
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Se Il Quinto Giornoi mi aveva conquistata, facendomi apprezzare questo autore, Limit sugella definitivamente un amore profondo, portando Schatzing vicinissimo alla vetta dei miei autori preferiti.
Quest'uomo è un genio, un artista, un mago, ed anche così mi sembra di non riuscire a definire la maestosità di ciò che comunica la sua opera.
Limit è un libro grande, ma soprattutto un gran libro, che, come il suo predecessore già citato, contiene tutto.
Storia, sociologia, economia, scienza, fantasia,
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Nuno Martins
Feb 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-c-fantástico
Aqui está um livro que apesar de grande, me deu um enorme "gozo" a ler.
"Limite" é um misto de ficção científica com policial e espionagem, apesar de bastante complexo e pormenorizado não deixa de ter muita ação e abordar temas "quentes" como os problemas energéticos no futuro com o fim das reservas petrolíferas,a exploração espacial e até mesmo a falta de liberdades na China.
Gostei bastante e recomendo-o, para quem gosta de livros com bastante ação mas sem cair no exagero da fantasia e com basta
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Elina
Jan 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
Με πολύ κόπο κατάφερα να ολοκληρώσω την ανάγνωση του βιβλίου. Βαρέθηκα απίστευτα! Δεν το προτείνω ούτε σε εκείνους που λατρεύουν την επιστημονική φαντασία. Το βρήκα μονότονο, φλύαρο και γενικά πολύ κουραστικό!
Ntav
Der erste Satz
I want to wake up in a city that never sleeps – der gute alte Frankieboy.

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Aufgrund seines enormen Umfangs ist dieses Buch … mehrere Bücher, die sich nur zwischen denselben Buchdeckeln befinden…

Inhalt kurz: Der Krimi
Owen Jericho ermittelt auf Wunsch des verzweifelten Chen Honbing den Verbleib von dessen Tochter Yoyo, einer chinesischen Dissidentin. Die ist untergetaucht, weil sie über hochgeheime Pläne gestolpert ist, die neue und nicht länger auf Öl basierende Weltwirtschaft m
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Katharina
Mar 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2010
Ich hätte dieses Buch, wenn der Rest meiner Familie es nicht auch grad lesen und wir immer über unsere Fortschritte reden würden, wahrscheinlich gar nicht zu Ende gelesen.

Es ist schon spannend, aber es ist eine Dan-Brown-Art von Spannung. Boom!Boom!Action ohne viel dahinter. Sehr schade eigentlich, denn ich mag Der Schwarm sehr und hatte mir mehr hiervon versprochen.
Andreas Lorenz
Jan 26, 2010 rated it did not like it
Ich konnte mich nicht dazu durchringen Limit weiterzulesen und habe auf Seite 83 aufgegeben.

Das Buch ist so langatmig geschrieben und verliert sich in zu vielen Details die keinen Lesefluß aufkommen lassen.
Lieven Baert
Sep 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
+1000 pages... less then 500 would have been more than sufficient.
a pitty for Schätzing and his publisher as a some of his SF ideas are really interesting.
Antonio Rosato
Esprimere un parere su questo libro è impresa assai ardua: da un lato si è rivelato un bellissimo e coinvolgente romanzo; il rovescio della medaglia, invece, è rappresentato dal suo essere un "mattone" di quasi 1.400 pagine! Frank Schätzing ha ottimamente usato la tecnica narrativa della "traccia multipla": ossia, ci fa leggere più storie che, prima scorrono parallele (e si svolgono tutte tra maggio e giugno del 2025) per poi intrecciarsi nel corso della seconda ed ultima parte del libro. Vi des ...more
Pony Cannon
Oct 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unreadable
Rather than the German language version of this book, I read an English language translation. I don't know how good the translation is, how true to the original it is, or what the literary standards of the German language are.

This book is hard work, it is a really big book, over an thousand pages, but I feel that the useful words in this book probably only cover half of that, maybe less.

What does this mean? Frank Schätzing needs a good editor.

There is far too much pointless exposition in this bo
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Koen
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi

Limiet Frank Schätzing: Een erg dik boek en ik ben er nog niet helemaal uit of ik het een goed verhaal vindt of niet.

Wat is goed aan deze Ecothriller:
• De combinatie tussen hedendaagse technologie en SF is goed. Als lezer heb je de verwachting dat sommige dingen niet zullen veranderen en andere juist in een stroomversnelling zullen gaan en naar mijn idee heeft Schätzing dit prima verwoord.
• De wereld in 2025 die Schätzing schets, spreek tot de verbeelding en is goed uitgewerkt. Zeker de ontwikk
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Reinhold
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Bei diesem Buch gestaltet es sich sehr schwer zu einem klaren Urteil zu kommen. Insgeamt konnte es mich überzeugen, aber ...

Doch von Beginn an. Und der ist wirklich zäh, denn bis es hier so richtig los geht und man auch nur beginnen kann Zusammenhänge zu vermuten vergehen schon mal ... viele Seiten. Ich habe sie nicht gezählt. Man könnte sagen das Buch hat Längen und das stimmt und dennoch fragte ich mich immer wieder was Schätzing denn nun hätte weglassen können um es ein bisschen flüssiger zu
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Mary
Feb 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Whew! Limit is a long read about 1400 pages, and as many characters as a 19th Century Russian novel.

Lots of action. Really part thriller and part science fiction. Without giving away too many spoilers, here's the plot. Julian Orley, in the Warren Buffet Really, Really, Rich Club, has invented a space elevator that makes it economical to move Hydrogen-3 (a mineral/oil/gas replacement source found on the moon)to earth. He and his daughter Lynn design a hotel for the rich and famous on the moon.

Th
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Dean Peake
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a loooong book. But every page worth it. A huge cast of characters all play into a very intriguing story about possible sabotage on a helium 3 mining operation on the moon in the 2020s. or is it directed at the first hotel on the moon? or possibly the space elevator that will lend transport to both space tourists AND the Helium to earth. The story and considerable action spans multiple countries including China, America, Africa, Germany and Canada.

There is a lot going on between the boo
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Christoph Brecht
Jan 10, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-finished
Hab auf Seite 260 aufgehört weil es für mich nur noch ein Qual war sich durch ellenlange dialoge zu lesen ohne das endlich mal was passiert...vielleicht lese ich irgegendwann weiter
Biblionomicon
Jul 30, 2012 rated it liked it
"Wo steckt eigentlich Dr. Evil?"
Ja, das fragt man sich tatsächlich, wenn man sich erst einmal in Frank Schätzings schwergewichtige Weltraum-Oper 'Limit' vertieft und hoffentlich nicht den Faden verloren hat, angesichts der eng bedruckten 1328 Seiten...Wo steckt eigentlich Dr. Evil? Denn auf diese tragikomische Gestalt wartet man eigentlich die ganze Zeit über, in der diese Mega-Story (was den Umfang betrifft) abrollt, die einem James-Bond-Film alle Ehre machen würde. Schön, dass der Erfolgsautor
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Renske
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still wondering how much I should 'punish' this book for the first +/- 400 pages. Sure, luxury hotels are interesting, especially when they're on the moon. But 400 pages?! A very, very slow start of this book in my opinion. But then, the airbikes appeared. And I fell in love with Owen, Yoyo and Tian. After that, the book was exciting, suspenseful and a real pageturner. Moreover, I learned a lot about (living on) the moon, space travel, the energy industry, future scenarios, (the history of) Chin ...more
Odette Knappers
May 07, 2015 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Dit was niet wat ik er van verwacht had. De Zwerm was supergoed qua dat er langzaamaan vanalles gebeurde en je de grote ellende zag ontstaan, dat het zich opbouwde. Zoiets had ik van deze ook verwacht, maar dan scifi-ish. Ik ben tot halverwege gekomen, maar vond er niets aan. Veel personages en veel politiek. Heb iemand die m al uitheeft gevraagd ernaar en zei zij 'als je hem op dit punt niet leuk vindt, laat dan maar' en dat advies ga ik ten harte nemen. heel jammer, want ik wilde dit boek heel ...more
Lennongirl
What a big book this was. It started out slow-ish - not really slow, but because Schätzing has to introduce so much (a cast of 100+ characters, a world we don't know (yet), places we might never see, at least not like this, dynamics between people, countries, societies), it just takes a loooong time for the actual action to start. And once it starts, it's very visual and fast and exciting, making the reader wonder if this is still a book or rather a script draft for Michael Bay.

I like Schätzing
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Valeer Damen
Jun 17, 2010 rated it liked it
Schätzing is a great storyteller. I was very impressed by the first three quarters of the book. As in 'Der Schwarm', he is good at mixing fact and fiction, explanation and plot. He is also very good at switching between plot lines, and he pulls some nice tricks that show he understands what you can do with writing (and probably couldn't do in film).

Nevertheless, I think the last guarter marred the book a little. It seems that at some point, the plot gets just a little bit lost in the action. And
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Jannik
Feb 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
Schade. Als ausgemachter SciFi Fan habe ich mich wirklich auf Herrn Schätzings neues Buch gefreut. Darum ist die Enttäuschung umso größer, nach 150 Seiten schon keine Lust mehr auf dieses Buch zu haben. Die langwierige Einführung der Charaktere ohne wirkliche Handlung und der ätzende (Ja, ich finde ihn so schlimm) Subplot in China haben es geschafft, mich dieses Ding in den heißen Sommerstrand legen zu lassen. Vielleicht bin ich voreilig, vielleicht hätte ich mich 2 Stunden lang durch die langwe ...more
Jan
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Ich verliere nicht viele Worte, weil dieses Buch schon ZUVIELE DAVON HAT. Wie andere bereits angemerkt haben, geht dieses Buch auch nicht nur mit seiner Story ans Limit, sondern bringt auch den Leser ans Limit. Auch wenn die Geschichte letztlich interessant ist, ist es einfach zu viel. Zu detailliert. Sehr gewalttätig. Der Autor hatte beim Schreiben sicher schon einen Hollywood-Action-Film im Kopf. Die technischen Details sind interessant, aber sicher jedem Sci-Fi Fan bereits bekannt (Weltraumfa ...more
hcelvis
Mar 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Schätzung ist kein Sprachkünstler, schreibt aber dennoch besser als 80 Prozent der derzeitigen Thriller-Autoren, finde ich. Was er aber unglaublich gut versteht, ist, aktuelle Politik, Ökologie, Techniken etc. in eine Zukunft weiter zu spinnen und dabei glaubwürdig zu bleiben. Und zudem hält er die Spannung so gut wie immer aufrecht, zum einen actionreiche Spannung, zum anderen aber auch "informative" Spannung.
Kevin Greaves
Jan 08, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have indicated I 'read' this book but I actually gave up. Got half way through and then read a synopsis on the 'net and considered my time to read too precious to waste. This guy needs an editor. Wave after wave of information dumps. Hordes of characters. I was really looking forward to a good meaty sci-fi novel so this was a huge disappointment. I bought it in ebook form so if I'm stranded on a deserted island one day and have read every label available, I may start it up again.
Gabriela
Oct 25, 2009 rated it liked it
5 stars for the awesome scientific research, great suspense suspense and a good idea
2 stars for the characters...nearly all of the "space tourist" acted childish and had verbal fights like you would expect highschoolers to fight
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Schätzing was born in Cologne and studied communication studies; he later ran his own company, an advertising agency named INTEVI, in Cologne. Schätzing became a writer in 1990, and penned several novellas and satires. His first published novel was the historical Tod und Teufel in 1995, and in 2000 his thriller Lautlos.

Schätzing achieved his greatest success in 2004 with the science fiction thrill
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