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The Bloodlight Chronicles: Reconciliation Paperback – September 1, 2010
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“FitzSimmons has come up with a doozy of a sociopath.” —The Washington Post Learn More
"ECW’s first sf title revitalizes the cyber-fiction genre with its vivid prose and believable characters. Verdict: Stylistically streamlined, this vibrant series opener should appeal to fans of Bruce Sterling and William Gibson." Library Journal
"Reconciliation, the first book of the trilogy, can be read on two levels, the literal and the metaphorical. Literally, the book is an exciting read. Metaphorically, it is a subtle invitation to the reader to consider the place of spirit within the cosmos and within themselves." On Spec Magazine
"On the road much travelled of neo-cyberpunk, The Bloodlight Chronicles manages to tell a suspenseful and lean story not about glazing-eyes tech gone crazy but about gifted, yet human-sized characters we care about, with some welcome twists on beloved already classics." Élisabeth Vonarburg, award-winning SF author
"This tale should appeal to science fiction readers, especially those who enjoy the virtual worlds and considering where computers and the internet may eventually lead us. Well-written, this volume resolves enough of its plot issues to satisfy, while leaving the door wide open to continue the adventure. Recommended." Canadian Review of Materials
"The characters are unique and extremely well rounded." Night Owl Sci Fi
"Stanton is an excellent writer of science fiction. Highly recommended." Bookgateway.com
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The Eternals are somehow "chosen" to become immortal in a non-aging sense. People can link to cyberspace by hooking up with a cord coming out of their head which seems to be connected to microchips they have had implanted in their brain. Ok - so far I'm following, but then come the strange references to levels and ranks in the cyberworld with no real explanation of what they mean.
Now, if you take the Eternals and the cyberworld somewhat out of the equation, the realtionships between the people are fascinating. The story revolves around a father, mother, and son. The parents are both Eternals and are trying to find a way to "infect" their son as well. They travel to the ends of the known universe (literally) to try and find this virus. However, beyond this the relationship was rather odd. Perhaps as a result of being so virtual based, the family's responses to each other seemed overly strained and impersonal.
The premise of this book is intriguing - a virus of immortality is infecting the populace, but it doesn't pass from person to person in the normal way. One man infected with the virus sets out to seek its source to infect his son. In the process, he is running from those who would study the virus, those who want the virus for themselves, and those who are after him for illegally transporting grain.
Some of the feel of this book reminds me of Tad Williams' "Otherland" series...but with quite a different writing style. Mr. Williams is not known for brevity of description. (Ha, ha!)
I agree with one reviewer who noted that even after reading the backstory I was wishing for more backstory. The action was so densely packed that I felt like I was riding a roller-coaster. Roller-coasters are fun, but in this case, I felt whisked past some of the more intriguing, deeper ideas and the character development in favor of more excitement. I like thrillers and books that build tension, but I do need some time to catch my breath from time to time! I just don't think this was the book for me.
I will, however, make sure that other people know about it - several people have seen me reading the book and have expressed interest in reading it.
I received a review copy for this book from the publisher.
Helena and Zak are going off planet through the McPherson Doorway to find the source of the virus. The mission goes terribly wrong and Zak is busted and burned. - he has been mind swept. All his memories are gone and he functions almost like a robot. He does not remember or recognize his wife and son. Mia is determined to winning back Zak's love and starting over.
You will thoroughly enjoy Zak's journey through cyberspace and his time in the belly of the beast. Stanton is an excellent writer of science fiction.
This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.
The premise for this book is fascinating: a virus that creates immortality, and the fight of the human race to be infected, the government's efforts to control those infected, and the broader black market for goods, and blood.
It was only after completing the book that I read the author bio, and my frustrations in reading the book made more sense. Stanton in well known for his science fiction short stories and this book read like a long short story. The reader was forced to fill in a lot of gaps on their own and this left the characters underdeveloped, but the action was intense and highly present throughout. Not a bad read, but I'd look for a short story collection.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 [...] : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This cyber punk story set in a very different future offers much for a first novel by an author and first book in the Bloodlight Chronicles trilogy. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Steven R. McEvoy
I simply couldn't get into it. The writing is so bad, trite, full of cliches, that the reasonably interesting ideas and plot just couldn't compensate. Read morePublished on October 30, 2010 by S. R. Brown