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Endless Blue Hardcover – December 4, 2007
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After the first few chapters the book splits to follow Mikhail and Turk separately and while usually this means having to read about one uninteresting character until you can read about the interesting character, I found myself fully engaged with both plots. That being said, whenever descriptions of the "world" popped up I just skipped them until I reached dialogue which contained all the info I really needed to know to follow the plot.
Overall I liked it and would recommend it, but be prepared for a world that makes no sense and characters that are so engaging you read the whole book any way.
Set in a far-distant future, this is Spencer's first "Pure" science fiction novel. The action is fast enough that it is almost impossible not to read it quickly, but the writing is worth a closer look. Earlier novels have boasted some excellent lines, but the writing here is consistently tight without sacrificing poetry.
One caveat: while her "Alien Taste" series is PG to PG-13, and the Tinker Duology is rated R, this book is R shading into NC-17. While occassionally graphic, it is never gratuitous, but I would not be comfortable recommending it to readers much under 18.
Along with Captain Mikhail is his 'brother' Turk, a creche-born adapted humanoid called a Red that are used as soldiers, without all the rights of true humans, who was raised alongside with Mikhail. The hazards of this mission into the unknown, along with a mutinous plot among the newly acquired Reds, trying to cope with the unknown conditions of the new world and actually trying to complete their mission and find out if there is a way back to their universe is all fascinating. Mikhail and Turk also have to deal with their personal demons and with the social issues that contribute to them. The setting of the Sargasso, the watery pocket-universe with floating islands and settlements grown around the wrecks of great starships is also intriguing.
I would happily read more books about this universe (and pocket-universe).
Once recovered, I read it again, slowly, to savor it and to shake out all the jewels: the imagery, the subtle foreshadowing, the metaphors, the life-relevant themes... One can connect the dots on many different layers. It is truly a story about life, the universe and everything.
Each one of us has to make big decisions based on scant and conflicting data: How do I care for my aging mother? Should I change jobs? Should I marry this guy, or buy that car? WHO do I vote for?
How do we decide? How do we choose?
In this delicious story, Mikhail, Paige, Turk, Hardin, the Nefrim and assorted colorful lesser characters face many quandries. They each have their own variations on decision techniques sprouting from their own strengths, predispositions and flaws. To start with:
In the first chapter we learn that the Nefrim are waging an unprovoked, illogical war against humans. None of their actions make sense. Spaceships disappear. The human alliance is confounded, and losing.
Part of a vanished ship reappears, raising countless questions and answering none. The only clear information is that it contains a familiar, but unregistered "weapon". Are the Nefrim responsible? Are they trying to mass-produce these viable, useful things?
Mikhail is asked to gather his crew and jump into oblivion to find more facts.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Spaceships, aliens, modified humans, and floating islands. These add up to a good science fiction story. For Fans of wen spencer it's a must read.Published 12 months ago by S. Rayball
This a great story, with a unique 'world', full of wonderful characters and species. The editing could have used another pass--things like riff used instead of rift and some... Read morePublished 17 months ago by A. Ludwig
Just discovered Wen Spenser and have read every book she has out in the past few weeks. This one was terrific.Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've yet to read anything by Spencer that wasn't good and this is no exception. My only complaint is she seems to get bored w/ her worlds too fast and moves on to a new universe.Published on February 7, 2014 by Jane Wong
If you love a good space science fiction book. Then you can not go wrong with this book. Well written. It went into my book shelf to stay and one day re read.Published on December 25, 2013 by Beverly
I wish she would continue the story of the Capt and Turk, with all the characters. The world they return to. All they face and how they accomplish what they want. Read morePublished on November 25, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Well crafted, engaging science fiction. I had problems putting it down! While the characters could have been better developed, some of that was colored by the Ms. Read morePublished on November 8, 2013 by B. A. Standlee
A very interesting and entertaining sci-fi jaunt, with a pretty original setting and premise. Professionally published (and edited! Read morePublished on November 5, 2013 by Parker
This book is not about what you'd expect from reading the blurb. The "secret" in the Sargasso is actually pretty prosaic and most of the book revolves around what is... Read morePublished on July 26, 2013 by Jennifer M. Snow