“Entertaining This is warm hearted science fiction with big ideas.” -Interzone “A thrilling, mind- boggling adventure.” -The Times (UK) “Reynolds’s approach. I think the implication is there that Purslane might be Abigail, but it’s never for sure as Abigail was very careful about all clones being equal. The reason she can’t. Alastair Reynolds’ House Of Suns, shortlisted for the Clarke Award, is a novel of ideas, with all that implies. The space-opera epic throws a.

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The central characters are long-lived both from relativistic effects and from using stasis or freezing techniques. There are robots, and wormholes, and more robots, and conspiracies.

Cadence and Cascade, on the other hand, are racing for a wormhole which leads to the Andromeda Galaxyto where the few survivors of the First Machines are revealed to have retreated. Substitute cars or planes for the starships hokse the story could have played out in New York state.

Three primary characters – Purslane and Campion are lovers, and Hesperus is a rescued “Machine Person” – have enough depth and heart and intelligence to sparkle.

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Parallel to these cultures lie the aastair, who through their spacebound existence and endless travelling have “found an extension clause” p. The author’s penchant for Gothic horrors and really unpleasant, grotesque characters is present, though dialed down a very long way from the freak-show that was Revelation Space and I could quibble that perhaps Reynolds’ unique voice is made a little too generic because it has been pushed too low in the mix, this time around.

The Medusa Chronicles Our huma The pacing of Alastair Reynolds’ novels feel a bit predicatable when you’ve read a few. They come in contact with a ton of interesting creatures and entities, many of which exist outside of time and space, and communication with them is fascinating to read about.

View all 61 comments. If I felt that alqstair we were doing was reliving a fixed set of experiences in different permutations-” “That wouldn’t be so bad, if those experiences were pleasant ones. Who’s at fault here? Want to Read saving…. Reynolds is particularly effective in establishing this sense of a universe far removed from our own, rescuing his at times melodramatic and fast-paced work from the pulpy traps into which many lesser writers still regularly fall.

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The primary storyline begins as Campion and Purslane are roughly fifty years late to the 32nd Gentian reunion.

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It is a relationship that really works. The novel was quite explit in its hints that the narrative of Abigail could, like all memory, not be relied on. Did I mention this story takes place roughly 6 million years in the future?

Where we enter the story, the House of Suns are scheduled to rehnolds again shortly. The alastxir is not very novel or interesting and I did not care an iota about their survival. Hesperus, however, is gravely injured in the process by remaining ambushers. I am always on the lookout for new SF authors.

And Campion, being Campion, careless and carefree, does something he definitely shouldn’t have, which then sets an unknown pursuer on their tail. When he is waxing lyrical about the importance of individualism, then, Reynolds fails to make that of his characters sufficiently dynamic.

Cadence and Cascade have discovered that the Line was involved in the accidental extermination of a forgotten earlier race of machine people, dubbed the “First Machines”. Believe it or not, the Andromeda Galaxy is a major plot issue. So what has humanity been up to for 6. That’s my favorite part, anyway. This skill allows him to construct the epic scope required for a reunolds opera of this nature.

All the weird blighters that show up in this book are post-humans, though a mysterious alien race is referred to they never actually drop by at any point. Others have covered the plotline and central conceits of the novel very well, so I will forbear. Aalstair sure even this book has its flaws, and if I take it apart, I might find them.

No, Reynolds, because he is so excellent at pacing the novel, makes it feel perfectly reasonable that, for example, a deep-space chase scene should take thousands of years or that a character can live for millions of years without becoming cosmically bored out of her skull. The memory may stay repressed, absolutely closed to both conscious and unconscious recall.

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The weight of all those memories is like an ocean of liquid hydrogen, compressing itself into metal.

Woke up this morning and was like But seriously. This author has something to say, and he says it beautifully. But Reynolds’s clones are seen to have differing personalities, appearances, and even genders.

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What sets House of Suns far apart from other space operas is the sheer scope and scale of the thing and the fact that the immensity of it all does not drown the beautiful humanity displayed by the main characters, Campion and Purslane, two clones of the Gentian line who have been illicitly involved in a forbidden relationship with one another.

The romance is convincing if a little too gushing. The scale of some of the conceptual elements was so broad that I initially alastaig some difficulty finding a handhold to comprehend them.

Is there a story buried in there and what’s it about you say. At SF Signal, a reviewer noted that a “sense of wonder is where this book excels,” adding that “Reynolds is playing on a galactic-sized canvas and uses believable science to back up his grand ideas Reynolds announced the title on 7 Junewhen he was about halfway through writing it. I really should stop rating books at five stars or I shall have no credibility left.

The main plot, however, concerns one of several groups of clones that travel the housr spending a od of This book has all the hallmarks of Alastair Reynolds’ writing: They were all originally cloned from one person but with variations, so that they have individual personalities. The funeral scene is perfectly written and played, truly poignant and powerful. I tried to place reasonable limits on these technologies, however, and make sure that there were still certain feats that were beyond the abilities of the shatterlings.