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Grail Mass Market Paperback – February 22, 2011
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"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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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.Read more ›
All I can say is wow, Elizabeth has got a big brain. I love love LOVE sci-fi that makes you think and this has that in spades.
I love the social science and philosophical aspects of the book and the fact that the characters all seem competent.
I wish I would have read the first two books as I'm sure that would have tremendously impacted my enjoyment. I mean, if I enjoy the book as is, then I would have absolutely loved the book had I read the first two. Hell, I may just go back and get the first two..
The only negative critique I have is I feel the author missed the opportunity to really show the dynamics/conflict between the ship and the planet. I really really would have loved to have seen more socio-technical-political conflict between the planet and the ship/occupants, at least 5 or 6 chapters worth. Instead, we get like 2 chapters worth and really not even that given how quickly everything comes to conclusion.
But in fairness, I think the author had a specific type of ending in mind and as is, that ending with the story 100% works. I don't think it would have been possible to achieve that same ending if there was the conflict that I wanted to see. So, its not a mistake on the author's part, but more a matter of preference.
In any event, I loved the book, should have done a better job reading the inside cover so I could have seen this is a book 3 and read the first two books first.
I'll probably look for more books from this author
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This the type of book you have to read many times to attempt to understand or read once and accept that you can wonder without understanding.Published 15 months ago by Asia Bey
So many large arc stories get resolved in a rush, or continue too long. Very satisfying to have this one come to a logical, progressed, and well paced conclusion. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Faith Colleen Carr
Random House is charging the same for a collection of streaming electrons as the real book. Thanks, but no thanks, gougers.Published on May 8, 2013 by Andrew Haldane
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... Read morePublished on December 3, 2012 by Wallace Rinkelhaus