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3.34  ·  Rating details ·  47 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews

In an age where interstellar travel is dangerous and unpredictable, and no-one knows exactly where they’ll end up, Avril Bradley is a Communications officer onboard a ship sent to re-contact as many of these lost souls as possible. But a mysterious explosion strands her in a world of political intrigue, espionage and subterfuge;
Hardcover, 170 pages
Published April 20th 2010 by Pendragon Press (first published April 10th 2010)
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M.F.W. Curran
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Silversands’ universe requires little introduction; the science fiction tropes within the story are familiar without being unoriginal. There is no plodding back-story to labour over and it keeps that sense of wonder that all good science fiction has. This has its own advantages as we get into the plot from the off and the story rattles along at a good pace. Powell's writing skills are explicit and direct, creating mood and character through economical prose and without exposition. Each scene is ...more
Mar 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-read
Silversands is by Gareth L Powell and it instantly piqued my interest when I heard about it earlier this year. As it's only a short novel (coming in at 160 pages) it was one that I picked up once I'd received the review copy to pass a couple of hours one afternoon. I thoroughly enjoyed what I read and found that despite the small page count Gareth L Powell has delivered a great novel in a very interesting setting.

Starflight has been achieved by the use of ancient alien wormhole devices that has
J.L. Dobias
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone (mature)
Shelves: book-shelf-10
Silversands by Gareth L. Powell is one of those delightful surprises that you run across while searching the internet for something else.

I was searching for another author and stumbled upon a link to Silversands.

The story started out slow for me but by the end of the sample I was hooked and had to download the rest.

This is the story of Avril Bradley a young woman who has been orphaned and is looking for her father. A man she only knows from a photograph and her mother's memories. To quirk up the
Jul 13, 2010 rated it liked it
This is a short novel and I think I made a mistake when I first picked it up by deciding to take it into the day job and read it there. Being constantly interrupted, the first 60 pages which introduced a wide range of characters only served to confuse me, and whilst the writing was strong I wasn't pulled into the novel. As I said, I think this was my error, because deciding to finish it at home I romped through the final 100 pages and thoroughly enjoyed the end result.

I've decided to avoid plot
Chris Harris
This was Gareth's first novel, and it's interesting to see that in it, he's already dealing with some of the themes that crop up in his later work, such as fractured identity, personal loss, and our place in a bigger cosmos. The initial set-up (the protagonists arrive at the scene of the action through a wormhole after travelling without knowing where they were about to end up) is similar to The Recollection. The first part is a little heavy on exposition, but things soon settle down with plausi ...more
Shona Kinsella
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strong story

I really enjoyed this book. The concept was fascinating and I was intrigued by the modifications that the people made to themselves.

The only thing that would have improved the story for me would have been a little more character development. This was a fairly short novel so I think there was room to spend a bit more time getting to know the characters which would have made the ending ultimately more satisfying.

The world building was strong with lots of well-placed details. I look f
Sep 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
This short sci-fi story packs a lot into its pages. Gareth Powell paints a imaginative world filled with exotic sci-fi components like a colony set in a strange watery world, modified human beings, huge spaceships and small space crafts, anti-ageing treatments, nano technology and so on. A wide variety of characters becoming drawn into a race against time to solve a mystery. Won't say any more as I don't want to include any spoilers. I didn't intend to read it as quickly as I did, but about a th ...more
Jul 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Great sci-fi read from an exciting new author storming the sci-fi scene.
Jan 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Gave up about halfway through. It felt a bit clunky; I wanted to like it but it just didn't grab me, unfortunately.
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Gareth L. Powell is an award-winning author from the UK. His alternate history thriller, Ack-Ack Macaque won the 2013 BSFA Award for Best Novel, spawned two sequels, and was shortlisted in the Best Translated Novel category for the 2016 Seiun Awards in Japan. His short fiction has appeared in a host of magazines and anthologies, including Interzone, Solaris Rising 3, and The Year’s Best Science Fi ...more
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