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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553591096
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553591095
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #937,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This deftly told story completes the Jacob's Ladder trilogy begun in Dust and Chill. The Conns and the other inhabitants of an ancient wandering spaceship face their last and greatest challenge. They've finally found a habitable planet, but others beat them to it: "right-minded" humans, surgically altered to achieve emotional balance, and more alien to the Jacobites than extraterrestrials would be. Leaders on both ship and planet are willing to fight and kill to keep the two cultures from interacting, while old enemies aboard the Jacob's Ladder re-emerge to wreak destruction. The story is poised on a knife's edge, with the Jacobites facing both possible annihilation and inner demons just as they're closing in on their goal. Bear's talent for portraying cultural divergence and conflict is especially apparent in this intense wrapup. (Mar.)
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"This deftly told poised on a knifes edge.  Bear's talent for portraying cultural divergence and conflict is especially apperent in this intense wrapup." --Publishers Weekly

"Bear's Jacob's Ladder trilogy finale is a stirring and satisfying story...while also being a book about what it means to be human." --Romantic Times

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I tell stories. I prefer the mountains to the desert, and rain to sun. My eyes are blue. I like flying on airplanes, but they keep making the seats smaller.

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Great start, okay middle, didn't really enjoy the ending.
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I love the social science and philosophical aspects of the book and the fact that the characters all seem competent.
I like the characters here, they don't bicker as much as I like but it is not that kind of story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris Reviews on April 12, 2011
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I really liked this series when it started and I raced through the last two books, still interested in the characters and wanted to see the conclusion. This one takes up immediately after the conclusion of the second book and you are thrown immediately into the action. I really liked the first half and felt the danger of the situation changed the tone of the series for the better. Then before you knew it you were in another chase seen through the great ship. Started to feel the same. Then new characters are introduced and everything slows way down as an ethical debate merges with a murder mystery. I never felt that the murder had the impact emotionally that it should have and the characters to be most impacted by it were marginalized in this volume. The ending fo the series was a bit of ehh? Great start, okay middle, didn't really enjoy the ending. Can't complain overall about the series and would still recommend it as pretty good science fiction just wish the ending had been stronger and didn't end is such a way that while clean and concise didn't feel like it had the real life messiness that it should or that I guess I prefer.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ove Jansson, on March 13, 2011
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I have just finished Grail the concluding volume of Elizabeth Bear's generation ship epos Jacob's Ladder. I have a hard time distilling the story down to review size but here goes.

Jacob's Ladder is getting close to journey's end and the planet Grail. Perceval became the captain after her beloved Rien scarified herself and merged with the ship's ai and vanquished the dragon Dust, the ship library that ruled ship for centuries turning it into something from Literature. That is why the story reads as a medieval saga with transhuman technologies, knights and angels (most so in the first book). They survived the alien encounter and the acceleration that followed. Perceval and her companions have started to repair the ship again and are working towards uniting the different tribes that has been separated for so long. But the ship is far from well and not everyone agree on a course of action. Some even want to turn around not to infect another world. A theft turned murder reveals powerful old enemies. In a transhuman world death is seldom permanent.

It became something of a different story when we dive into the culture of the `rightminded' humans that already lives on Grail, the planet they call Fortune. Jacob's Ladder left earth to escape the Kleptomancy and forge their own solution to human development while humanity back on the devastated earth forged their own - rightminding. It raises all kind of interesting questions and most of them get their answers here. Elizabeth delivers civilization critique wrapped in velvet. For the people on Fortune it is a legend come alive but it also raises fear. Are the Jacobeans even human anymore? The fear of the uncorrected `normal' humans also surfaces and it is quite entertaining at times how they portrait that.
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Grail is the conclusion to Bear's Jacob's Ladder trilogy, begun in Dust and continued in Chill. Jacob's Ladder, an ancient generational ship, finally comes to the end of its thousand-year journey when it reaches the habitable world the crew, led by the Conns, has named Grail. They have come to the end of their quest. Unfortunately other humans beat them to it--they call the planet Fortune. Conflict is inevitable. The people of Fortune are "right-minded," genetically altered to achieve emotional balance. The Conns, and the other inhabitants of this ship, are also altered, to the point one wonders if they are still human. Not everyone is happy about settling down planetside, either. Sabotage and murder on both sides, betrayals, assassinations, intrigue, secrets--Bear has created a heady mix to conclude her trilogy. This universe, with its Arthurian motifs, is a queer-friendly one: Captain Perceval is a lesbian; Tristan, once married, a father, falls in love with Mallory, who uses no gendered pronouns. That human sexuality is fluid is integral to the novel, which could be said to be a celebration, albeit a dark one, of cultural diversity.
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