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The Memory of Sky: A Great Ship Trilogy Paperback – March 4, 2014


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Product Details

  • Series: Great Ship Trilogy
  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Prime Books (March 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607014262
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607014263
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.1 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tom Alaerts on February 24, 2014
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This book feels more like a YA novel. Nothing wrong with that, yet it would be more honest to market it that way.
But that is not why I rate it 3 stars. I had however higher hopes after good experience with a number of the writer's imaginative short stories.
Without really spoiling anything, the book follows a very peculiar kid (the initial chapters were quite well done); soon his presence in a far-future kind of bizarre human colony that has regressed to steampunk technology level will trigger disastrous violence. It also turns out that he is not alone, his siblings are even more peculiar and scary.
I prefer not to say much more about the plot, this is enough to set the scene. The worldbuilding is rather nice and original, I could see this work as a modern animation series for example. But sadly for me the plotlines and characters did not really work. It is all in all a pretty simple adventure story, again nothing wrong with that, but the interaction between the characters and rivalry between the bizarre siblings is not as suspenseful or emotionally interesting as I would have hoped. This is a hefty book if you read it in paper format. I love big books, they can really immerse you; but a book should never feel stretched, and here I regulary have that feeling.
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Under the appearance of a classic science-fiction story, The Memory of the Sky is one of the most usual novels I have ever read. From the world and the characters to the way it is written and it plays with reader’s mind, this book is an extremely immersive, strange and alien experience. Some people say that this novel is not as good as Reed’s short fiction. It’s true that the American writer is maybe a little too ambitious and tries to do way too many things in the book than is humanly possible to truly explore, even in a 600 plus pages novel. But a novel doesn’t need to be as clean and as perfect as a short story, and even if The Memory of the Sky fails in some of the things that it tries to achieve, it is one of the most memorable works of fiction you’ll ever encounter.

A word of advice: Read it like me, a book a month, because I think that this trilogy works better if you don’t read it as a whole in one go.
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By Matt Heard on August 13, 2014
Format: Paperback
A confused book that doesn't know what it wants to be. The protagonist is a magical little boy with a pet monkey, and the whole thing seems very Young Adult, except for the parts that aren't. Big parts of the book felt like filler. Also there were some Great Ship bits sort of bolted on at the end for some reason that didn't make much sense or serve any purpose other than to justify the "A Great Ship Trilogy" subtitle.
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By mea@islanderis.net on July 5, 2014
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More like a 3.5.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ralph W. Niebuhr on May 28, 2014
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I would buy anything written by Robert Reed. He is unfailingly great, with a vision that is always vast and characters that you care about.
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