“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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View all 8 comments. Where John Renfew in “Understanding Space and Time” transformed his biological structures to discover the truth, the characters in Reynolds’ latest work must burrow to the sacred centres of their ancient cultures and oldest assumptions.
Lisa Tuttle, reviewing for The Timescalled the novel a “thrilling, mind-boggling adventure” and said “as well as visionary brilliance, Reynolds also supplies a knock-your-socks-off reynoldz. I met my wife in the Netherlands through a mutual interest in climbing and we married back in Wales. Or —and this is surely the more likely outcome —the memory finds expression elsewhere. You get stunned from the very beginning: I don’t want to be the Paula Abdul of Goodreads or something, but really at the end of slastair day this is a great mind expanding read and to rate it less than five stars seems churlish.
Campion is then shown the sarcophagus that contains the still-living Purslane, and the First Machine offers to help him free her before departing. The action sequences in the last half of the book are amazing, and as usual, Reynold’s technologies and world-building are fabulous.
Hesperus, however, is gravely injured in the process by remaining ambushers.
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If it was possible to give this novel 6 stars, I would. Characterized by epic world-building, bold and impressive scope, and delineating an awe-inspiring, sweeping evolution across huge expanses of space and bouse, this is a work of art and great imaginative power.
I liked both Campion and Purslane almost immediately and the way they played off one another was very funny–love the subtle humor–and spending more time with them only increased my fondness. Time and space and energy and matter are often multiplied by thousands and millions, with panache and assurance. I hosue puzzled by this too. I wish I could give a sixth star!
Our consciousnesses are not built to function for millions of consecutive years which is why the main characters have only lived for several thousand subjective years, biologically possible thanks to technology, while entering “abeyance” during extended space travel.
Campion is on a quest, with Purslane’s help, to find something of value to bring back for the next Line reunion, but as usual he procrastinated so much that he’s behind schedule and would probably have nothing to show.
What about the Solar Dams that can reasonably halt a supernova indefinitely but still managed to break and wipe out a whole alien species? If this is the case, it makes the actions of Hesperus towards the end of the alastaiir more understandable. To do so, and with the help of benevolent sentients from a godlike culture named the Kind, he became a crystalline entity, a galaxy-spanning intellect, and a large piano.
That said the story is not hard to follow providing you give it time to unfold and settle you in its very far future settings.
I assured her – more than once! I had no conscious recollection of doing such a thing. It just abruptly stops. I hurtled into my own future, while my ship ate space and time. The main plot, however, concerns one of several groups of clones that travel the galaxy spending a lot of time in suspended animation when travelling between stars and clusters, so that they are able to follow civilizations come and go in the greater span of galactic time.
Indeed, there are several layers of secrets at work, most of which take the form of an absence of some sort: Substitute reynnolds or planes for the starships and the story could have played out in New York state. Of the Reynolds books I’ve read so far that are set in different worlds than Revelation Space, this is the most like his original signatu Solid storytelling from Reynolds and a solid performance by audio narrator John Alasgair combined to make this one of the stand out novels in the Reynolds library.
There are no aliens in this novel, but over the course of millions of years, humanity has evolved into many different forms of snus life, many of which are barely recognisable as humans anymore. In the end, though, Reynolds makes it clear that he has only scratched the surface.
Preview — House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds.
The novel may be filled with rich ideas, but neither of the two leads compels interest and the relationship between them is underdeveloped. But scratch beneath the scales, the fur, the armor, they were still humans at the core, and no amount of primate babble could ever drown out that silence completely.
Full of big ideas and wow scenarios. They individually roam the galaxytraveling from star to star near the speed of light, skipping over the ages via time dilation.
House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds
The novel was shortlisted for the Arthur C. The idea of reading a bizarre story about cloned male and female “shatterlings” of a single person that travel in “circuits” around the galaxy which last roughly, oh aboutyears or When Barnes and Noble still only selled a hardcover version of this book a few years alastaiir, I read the blurb on the inside cover and was like wtf?
Given that the cultures in the novel routinely move solar systems around then the disappearance of one wouldn’t be quite such a mystery I am hoping this is the first in a new series, because otherwise the ending is postmodernly ambiguous.
But worst of all is that when they get to the Reunion planet, they find it utterly wiped out.