Found adrift far from Consortium space, pilot Dakota Merrick and Lucas Corso are taken prisoner by the alien Bandati. There, Dakota discovers that humanity’s knowledge of the galaxy is frighteningly inaccurate. The Shoal has apparently been fighting a frontier war with a rival species, the Emissaries, for thousands of years. As yet, the latter seem unaware of their FTL tec...more
Imagine an alien race that is half Cthulhu, half Mammoth and all bad attitude. If that doesn’t inspire you to read Nova War I’m afraid nothing will.
What a fun book! Filled with violence and sense-of-wonder, the second novel in the Shoal trilogy takes the story waaay beyond the events of Stealing Light. As far as hard Space Opera is concerned, this is turning into a biggie, even though it retains an intimate flavour (despite the vast ...more
I expected this breakneck flight to continue in the sequel. I was (partly) wrong.
In Nova War Gibson spends the first hundred or so pages flying his creation around in circles, the whole thing burping smoke and bits of fuselage as it rapidly loses altitude and spirals towards the earth.
Honestly, at around page 100 I was unsure I wanted to be around for the inev ...more
The over-arching theme of both books (with at least one more to come) seems to be about nuclear proliferation and who should be allowed to control such devastating weapon ...more
Nova War by Gary Gibson picks up right where Stealing Light leaves off. This book has a much different feel than the first book. It is much more a space opera than anything else. A great deal of the cyberpunk has been removed from this second book, almost literally speaking.
Dakota Merrick is the star, the center, and the pivot point for the world as we know it. She goes through some dramatic changes that alter her forever. I love her character, her strength, and her unique ability to ov ...more
It opens with t ...more
There's some deliciously inventive, tongue-in-cheek stuff in here, which feels like Banksian perverseness turned up ...more
(view spoiler)[ The main character gets tortured a lot, there's much telling and not enough description... and the plot advances incrementally. More magic "ghost" skull tech (can apparently interface with anything, even if it's alien) and other various technologies with no attempts at even hand-wave science. (hide spoiler)]
Cue Boo ...more
Nova War is the sequel to 2008’s Stealing Light a book that, surprise surprise, has yet to get a release here in the states. Nova War dispenses with some of the mystery of the first novel and trading it instead for some serious action. Indeed things are ratcheted right up to eleven and amongst all the action and excitement I felt that Gibson still managed to do an excellent job in creating unique and memorable characters and wound up with a book that surpassed its pre ...more
Gary Gibson has watched "Star Wars" [Exogorth] and "Flight of the Navigator" / "The Last Starfighter".
There is still too much torture and blackmail in this sequel.
I didn't like the return of a supposedly dead antagonist from the previous book.
For a space opera the world of the book is still rather small.
The books is a sequence of scenes in which one character forces another character to do something she / he doesn't want to do.
The end of the book reminded of the Peter F Hamilton's Night ...more
His second novel was Against Gravity in 2005; the Guardian described it as "building on current trends to produce a convincing picture of the world in 2096."
Stealing Light was first published ...more