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Magnificat (Galactic Milieu Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Julian May
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The eagerly awaited finale of a modern SF classic--May's Galactic Milieu Trilogy, which began with Jack the Bodiless and continued with Diamond Mask. The mystery involving Jack the Bodiless, the metaphysically talented Dorothea, and Fury, the insane metaphysic creature determined to become sole ruler over all humankind, explodes anew. At last, the momentous secret at the heart of the trilogy is revealed.

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Editorial Reviews

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May concludes the Galactic Milieu trilogy, which is a prequel to the multivolume Saga of Pliocene Exile that describes the absorption of the human race into a union of civilized metapsychic races. The focus here is, as in Diamond Mask (1994), on three characters: the potent metapsychic Dorothea, the mutant genius Jack the Bodiless, and the ambitious metapsychic lunatic Fury. The plot is as convoluted as usual in May's work and as impossible to summarize. The ending is actually enough of a surprise to be well worth not describing; at least it should be mentioned that it is one of a number of enormously powerful scenes. Magnificat is obviously the wrong book with which to start either Galactic Milieu or May's work in general, but readers familiar with May's ambitious, sometimes sprawling, often magnificent sagas will find it richly rewarding. Roland Green

From the Publisher

I read Julian May's Pliocene Exile books long ago, and though I loved them, I confess I was a bit baffled by all the references to the rebellion, and to characters like Diamond Mask and Jack the Bodiless. So getting to edit (and read--at last!) the three books of the Galactic Milieu, which finally explain all those mysterious and tantalizing hints, was a real blast. They really do bring everything full circle, and I am more amazed than ever at a mind that could pull off such a thoroughly complex and rich cycle of stories. Just don't ask me to summarize them!
                                                        --Shelly Shapiro, Executive Editor

Product Details

  • File Size: 1533 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (April 20, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FYZ3M2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,248 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What about Marc? May 18, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was deeply suprised to read reviews of this whole series on Amazon and find so little mention of Marc. For me Magnificat was solely his tale, and the whole nine books were basically his story as well. He was after all the shaper of all that passed through the two series, for the Saga was post-Revolution and the Milieu books post-Duat. I've never been affected as deeply by a character as I have been by Marc. For this reason, I suppose, I found Magnificat the most engrossing of the books excepting Intervention. Intervention was my favourite but Magnificat was the premium. I think May, unlike some of the other reviewers, depicted the revolution just how I had expected. And realistically too. The way Marc used the deeply held convictions of those humans who (oh so human-ly) refused to sacrifice what they believed were their individual rights for his own self-centered reasons was very realistic. The echoes of horror that were seen in the Saga, the memories of the revolution, did not seem unwarranted to me. Two planets were obliterated. The flower of the metapsychic families in May's genealogies were destroyed. And Marc became the true angel of the abyss. I find it difficult to understand how readers of this series brush off the central character so easily. Perhaps re-reading of the other books would contribute to their awareness of the subtlety with which May presented the choices and regrets (or lack thereof) which her characters made, particularly during the Rebellion. Little things like the 'scent of pine' that was Jack's last thought had me in tears where pages and pages on the relationship of Jack and Marc at that point would have been crass. Read more ›
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Grand Finale...or is it just the beginning? April 15, 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Allow me to give out one or two helpful hints to anyone who is reading Julian May's books for the first time. First off, do NOT begin with Magnificat. For that matter, don't even start with the Galactic Milieu series. May's nine book collection is a story cycle; meaning, the last book leads immediately to the first, and so on. For those who read Magnificat and felt "let down" and "confused", or that the book was too predictable, remember this: Rogatien Remillard first began the familly history in The Surveillance, and much of Marc's (and the Family's) history was disclosed in The Adversary. I knew what would ultimately take place in the final confrontation, who would die, and who would be spared. With intuition, I knew who Fury and The Family Ghost were from reading the previous books. I knew how the story began and ended- and yet, I read on. I put myself (figuratively) in Uncle Rogi's shoes- he lived though it once, and had to relive it, reluctantly, through the memoirs. I was saddened that this ten year long journey I'd taken with May was finally at an end. And then I remembered: It's not over! The story continues! It may be a little while, but I'll soon be dusting off The Many Colored Land, and starting all over again...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Holds together well, but seems to end too quickly. February 25, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Magnificat is the ending of the Galactic Milieu trilogy and for the most part the end of the overall series which started in the Saga of the Pliocene Exile and continued in Intervention. This book will be nearly unreadable for those who have not read the previous books in the Galactic Milieu trilogy and it is further recommended that you read the aforementioned series (Saga and Intervention) as well. My review is predicated on having read all of that material.
Having said that, Magnificat is a wonderful conclusion to a great series of books. The only unfortunate part is the ending which is foreshortened because the real ending for many of the characters in this book is actually what happens in the Saga of The Pliocene Exile. Despite this I can't help agreeing with the other reviewer that we could have benefited from a more detailed denouement involving Rogi, the Remillard family and the returned Pliocene Exiles. Some more details to wind us down after the momentous events at the end of the book would have been welcome.
As it is this book gives us the final disposition of humanities position within the Galactic Milieu, the fate of Marc Remillard, Mental Man and the Metapsychic Rebellion, as well as Jack The Bodiless and Diamond Mask. In addition it resolves the Fury and Hydra plotline. All in all there is a lot happening in this book and it is easy to see why people might be dissatisfied with the conclusion of all these plots in one book. Many writers would have had this book be twice the size, but Julian May manages to not jam too many details into the mix here, maybe to the detriment of the story, but in the end the pacing remains quick and focused.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rewrite the last 30 pages April 15, 1998
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I had a similar problem with the Pleiocene Saga in that May weaves a rich tapestry of characters and compelling situations, only to cut you off after the climax. This book would profit from a lengthy denoument, something for the reader to savor after making it through the first 8 books. Events at the end do happen too quickly and while the final conflict and resolution is cogent, as always, a deeper satsifaction is lacking. Still, May's universe is extremely well-structured and just a staggeringly brilliant vision of the future. The scope and bredth of her entire body of work is inspiring. Magnificat begins in the same meticulous and careful manner we've come to expect from May. Right about the time that Marc first meets Cyndia, it seems events get a little clumsy and rushed. Still a highly recommended series, and if you've read the first two, you can't stop there.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant and thought provoking
I found the whole series completely fascinating, brilliant and thought provoking.
Published 3 days ago by C. Moroney
5.0 out of 5 stars great ideas and concepts of both time and evolution
Julian May has always been a favorite author of mine. This trilogy is only further proof of her literary skills. Read more
Published 2 months ago by George Bloomfield
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant ending to the Galactic Milieu saga
I started reading these in high school, and read them again this year. What a brilliant and imaginative view of the future. Read more
Published 3 months ago by LichMD
3.0 out of 5 stars so I enjoyed this satisfying conclusion to the series
I'm a big fan of the Galactic Milieu series and of Julian May, so I enjoyed this satisfying conclusion to the series. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jocelyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleased to have the final book of the series in my hands for reading...
I am sure to be more happy and looking for future reading once the final book is read. Thank you for coming through.
Published 8 months ago by Mike Todd
5.0 out of 5 stars Heading our way soon
The Magnificat brings to a close not just one series, but two, rounding out and finalizing the personalities of these wonderful works in a way that confirms Julian May's truely... Read more
Published 9 months ago by John J. Dillon
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Very engaging and well written. I found I very much enjoyed the author's style and pace. I recommend this series.
Published 11 months ago by JDS
4.0 out of 5 stars The culmination of the epic multi-series, that brings us to the...
For the past 6 months I have been making my way through Julian May's magnificent sweeping series (all 8 volumes) This is the second time for me but the first was long enough ago... Read more
Published 13 months ago by applewood
4.0 out of 5 stars The end of the beginning is ok.
I wanted to read this series to the end, and so I bought this final book. It is satisfying in most ways in that it ties up the storylines at the end and connects back to the first... Read more
Published 15 months ago by A. Bunton
4.0 out of 5 stars The least of the series, but still good
I liked this book, but to me, there were definite signs that the author was getting a little tired of writing the thing by this point. Read more
Published 15 months ago by CaliBat
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