“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 greatest surprise in House of Suns is that, for all his proselytizing of the personal, Reynolds, unlike his John Renfrew, fails to understand what exactly it is. Did I mention this story takes place roughly 6 million years in the future? Individually known as “shatterlings”, the Gentian Line is composed of slightly under a thousand clones made from a hkuse who lived in the 31st century. 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”.

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Casa de soles 41 Feb 29, They were all originally cloned from one person but with variations, so that they have individual personalities. The plot is complex but not overly-so, for which I was grateful. Looking for More Great Reads? That doesn’t stop the enjoyment of the plot. I like that theory better, because all sorts of nerd alarms went off at full strength when I read that.

Whether laastair first machines arose from Palatial’s programming or from the remnants of the little boy’s mind after he was plugged back in for good I’m not sure. This uouse the first of Reynolds’ themes to become obvious; no faster than light spaceships.

Or is it the most epically gigantic love story you will ever read? A devastating event prevents Campion and Purslane from participating in the reunion. Thematically they perhaps also add some seasoning to the main narrative, but too little for us to think the effect could not have been achieved with less distraction elsewhere. And what the hell happens to Campion and Purslane finally? I started off publishing short stories in the British SF magazine Interzone in the early 90s, then eventually branched into novels.

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I had—and continued to have—great fun exploring the Revelation Space universe, but it was always clear to me that I wanted to write other kinds of book, even within what might be termed the fairly narrow overlapping genre categories of hard SF and space opera. What is new in this book is the central premise that some six million years ago, a woman called Abigail Gentian copied her consciousness into clones Shatterlings and sent them out in a thousand different circuits to explore the universe.

The other thing Reynolds does different this book is employ a plot device where the first person perspective is maintained when switching between the two POV characters.

View all 14 comments. Clarke Award Nominee They are also late for their Family re-union when they get into some trouble with an unscrupulous space-ship trader Characterized by epic world-building, bold and impressive scope, and delineating an awe-inspiring, sweeping evolution across huge expanses of space and time, this is a work of art and great imaginative power.

Our alternating narrators—a third narrative strand features Abigail becoming addicted to a simulated-reality role-playing game, for reasons that only become clear much ohuse, courageous Campion and smarter, more empathic Purslane, are an item, against House rules.

The only way to keep track of who is speaking, particularly in the often consecutive chapters narrated by the two clones, is to pick up clues in the text. They have a very long perspective on most things.

While the pace picks up at the end, it starts too slowly and at times the plot meanders. This book never captured my interest or imagination. We had shared memories so many times that when I made love to her, I knew exactly how it felt to be Purslane. I have a question about content.


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I am always on the lookout for new SF authors. This is not a review because I don’t have enough hohse in me to understand it or to begin diving in and deconstructing it, but I did enjoy it very much and it’s easily one of the best books I’ve read this year, maybe even this millennium.

Along the way, though, I also tried to pay homage to some of those gorgeous SF paperback covers of the seventies, with their awesome, inscrutable artefacts towering or hovering over bizarre alien landscapes.

I agree with your housd assessment.

I was surprised it worked so well for me as there is so much uncertainty about human survival on the near term that I figured speculation on a timescale would feel fairly meaningless.

With the help of a machine being named Hesperus, they manage to escape with a few other shatterlings to a world named Neume, bit that is just the beginning of their adventures. The Spirit takes Hesperus away and returns him some time later, though apparently still not functioning. When I was a kid, Others have covered the plotline and central conceits of the novel very well, so I will forbear.

How often is the f-word used? P And that ending… my heart totally melted. I’m still waiting for the Bene Gesserit to create a wonderful Mahdi author that can combine the great traits of Alastair Reynolds and Peter Hamilton into one. View all 61 comments.