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- Audible.com Release Date: May 1, 2012
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0080IN6X2
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The novels are grouped in two's - the third, "Great Sky River", introduces us to Killeen Bishop and his clan, human scavengers in the dominant central galactic machine civilization some 30,000 years in the future. "Tides of Light" continues the story of Killeen, now captain of the Bishop clan, landing on a new planet with fascinating new alien life-forms imagined in realistic physical and mental detail. These mechanically augmented myriapodia, large many-legged burrowing insect-like creatures, skilfully manipulate the most exotic physical element in the series: a planet-sized cosmic string. The myriapodia use their cosmic string to burrow through entire planets, extracting the metal-rich cores to weave artificial structures on the scale of entire solar systems.
Part of the fascination of the story is the state of the humans here - good at surviving, but fearfully low in skills and abilities, and filled with knowledge of decline from a much more prosperous state. Fighting not just the myriapodia and the machines, but fellow humans led by a despotic leader, Benford manages to couple exciting action with insights into human nature, singly and in groups.Read more ›
This book is full of scientific detail that I followed more or less. As other reviewers note, it contains a cosmic string that has been harnessed by the insectoids to harvest the resources of entire planets. Their common enemy is the machine intelligences, which have a vast web of outposts throughout the galaxy, tolerating organics at best, hunting them brutally at worst.
There is no doubt that this is fun, but unfortunately I couldn't leave behind my sense that someone was making this up - I couldn't suspend my disbelief, which I most definitely could in the previous volumes. In spite of many interesting character developments, there is a rushed feeling to this book, as if the concepts are beginning to be more important than the plot. The characters seemed more flimsy, easier to label, and the story line obscure and simply strange. I was barely able to finish this and the subsequent 2 novels, where it is all supposed to come together, were only skim books from which I wanted to find what happened without any particular magic or felling that belonged exclusively to this as, for want of a better term, a work of art.
REcommended, but only for those invested in the series.
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Tides of Light - Gregory Benford [642 - Novel - SF - 09-22-2015]
"Tides of Light" is a direct sequel to his novel "Great Sky River" in fact you can go... Read more
While the book itself will be fine content, I'm not even sure I will be able to read it: it arrived smelling of not just must but mold, and I've been letting it air out, outside,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Richard Jewell
I really enjoyed the first six of this series but I couldn't get into the restPublished 9 months ago by John
Gregory Benford writes about very complex topics in a way that leaves the reader to ponder further. What is life? Given the resources does it always produce intelligence? Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by Howard Miller
this series started off so good. and I've loved other novels of benford's. But it was like he almost completely lost it with this one. Read morePublished on April 25, 2012 by milkfilledandroid
I can't review it because I haven't read any of the series. A friend read book one and was so enthused about it he wanted the entire series.Published on January 1, 2011 by Snowflake
Robot centipedes aren't good.
Or, this book follows on from Great Sky River, with Killeen in charge of his particular group of chess piece clan human strugglers. Read more