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- Publisher: Twice Pi Press (January 1, 2015)
- Publication Date: January 1, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00OSTAKUO
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From the Author
With this trilogy, I was interested in exploring certain themes and ideas from a variety of science fiction authors and modern cosmology, trying to find my own "mythology" to harmonize some of the disparate conceptions of reality. Ideas of the subjectivity and limitations of human perception and understanding played important roles, as did ideas of causality, time, superstructure, divinity, and infinity.
I always wanted to write a book that not only "broke the fourth wall", but obliterated it, mocked it, transformed it, and turned it into a house of mirrors for the reader. READER was my chance to try. There has been a decidedly mixed reaction as to how well that worked, but it was a lot of fun in the making.
Whereas READER was written very organically (and metamorphosed from a YA novel to something quite different), and WRITER written following a detailed outline, MAKER was a strange synthesis of the two. A detailed flowchart of the various time loops that characterize the first half of the novel was supplanted by a completely unplanned stream-of-consciousness climax that led to a fixed narrative point: the resolution to the entire wild story of Ambra Dawn that was envisioned several years before when I completed the final draft of READER.
It was a huge "risk" to change the first person voice from Ambra Dawn in READER to her lover, Nitin Ratava, in WRITER. Indeed, both this change in perspective and the very different structure to the novel and character interactions, put a number of readers off. However, it also has been some readers' favorite novel of the three. Beyond subjectivity, there was a practical consideration of Ambra's powers and painting myself into an artistic corner with that, as well as a key element of the plot that called for a different perspective.
With MAKER, again I changed the narrator for the novel, in this case the story told through the voice of the alien Waythrel of Xix. A further challenge to myself and the reader is the ever recession of Ambra Dawn in the story. Waythrel's near constant companion in the novel is instead the enigmatic Kloan, a biological replica of Ambra Dawn, modified by the biomedicine and cybernetics of the dark Anti, who kidnapped the alien in WRITER and leads her on a harrowing and confusing cosmic quest. Ambra returns in strange and punctuated events in the novel, in multiple different forms from infant to cosmic goddess. But there are few extended engagements with the Daughter of Time as in the previous books.
By far the most esoteric of the three, MAKER cannot help but ultimately fail, just as overall the series must, as would any effort to produce an artistic impression of ultimate reality. But I didn't seek to succeed in the impossible, but rather to wade into the chaotic paradox of mind and matter and metaphysics in the context of an engaging narrative. For those who require coherence, realism, techno-science fiction, or a linear narrative, among other things, the trilogy has been at best a frustrating read. And that's okay. It was meant to be in some ways. That others have found it also inspiring and moving, thought-provoking and unique, is a success I am content to achieve.
About the Author
His novels have been called "unique" and "pulse-pounding" (THE RAGNARÖK CONSPIRACY), "altogether profound, reminiscent of Bradbury and Dan Simmons' Hyperion" (DAUGHTER OF TIME TRILOGY), and "startlingly dark" (EXTRAORDINARY RETRIBUTION) with five star ratings in Foreword Reviews, San Francisco Book Reviews, Portland Book Review, and others.
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What a terrible mistake that would have been. I loved this book; then I hated it, then I loved it and suddenly realized it was the skill AND intention of the author to do this.
It's not really intended as a criticism when I say this was a hard book to get started and difficult to follow along with at times, but it had to be that way. This is NOT a "Cosy" or "Beach - Read". You will have to think as dreadful as that sounds and you will have questions. Of the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How questions fundamental to any good story the When and Where will boggle "THE MIND". (that's an "inside joke" you'll have to read the book to understand).
It's obvious the author is knowledgeable about Physics and Science but not in an offensive manner as some Sci Fi authors often are.
My final comment; READ THIS BOOK! You will be so glad you did (even though you will often be surprised, shocked and frustrated).
THE HOLEY ONE
I've spread my reading of this series out over several months, so some of the details are gone. I like the series and main characters, in general. I don't mind the darker setting in some of the books. In the third book, it plays right along with the theme of discovering the right thing to do, as well as the moral ambiguity of the main character in that book. It can be hard to follow, at times, and some sections are repetitive by design. There are upsides and downsides to this, and it's up to you to decide whether you like it. At its most expansive, the series generates some fascinating imagery and plays with some interesting ideas. At its weakest points, it meanders and feels like it loses direction (more in the last book than the two earlier books). I found it interesting, if you are up for darker subject matter (we are talking about the extinction not just of humanity but of most intelligent life in the universe, at some points) and are willing to take the road Stebbins wants to follow. Some readers may find it difficult to suspend disbelief, due to some of the ideas he plays with. If you don't care much for philosophical discussions mixed in with a fair amount of violent action, this may not be for you.
At times, the series is definitely a 5, but the third novel in particular was undoubtedly hard to write, and it just doesn't flow smoothly all the way through. I would normally go with a 4.5 and round up, but my gut feeling is that this series definitely will not be for all sf readers. I'm thinking of novels like Dahlgren that were fantastic, but not for all. I'm going to go with a 5, but with the very strong caveat that you should read the descriptions carefully and make sure they are of interest to you.
The different voices used to portray the plot... from humanity to godliness, i found interesting: Through notions of time and space... takes a good sci-fi background to be able to stay with the story.
We can hardly handle cultural differences between cities, let alone cultures, languages and continents....
I admire the profound choice of quotes: from Giordano Bruno to Lovecraft and others: beautifully set the scene to understand and follow the plot:
Really an epic effort - macro vision - stretching our “cell-based” ethnocentrism ....
One of the best SF stories i've read in a long time.
Although some of the story line was rather predictable, it was necessary to what was to come after.
Some very original ideas kept me wanting to keep reading. With that said, plan on slogging thru book 3 to get to the end. It's written as is necessary to the overall plot.
I won't give a detailed plot because a SF fan will find it unnecessary, for living the story is what it's all about, imho.
Thank you, Mr. Stebbins.
Top international reviews
Then second book has too much action without advancing the plot, and too many characters killed off in nasty ways, and the end is an unlikely epiphany.
Third book throws away the climax of Book 2 and just becomes a vehicle for obscure and improbable meta-physics. I'm not even sure what happened in the end, but I certainly didn't care.
It is probably a mistake to read all three books one after the other because it makes the text seem to go on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on............
A story that you have to work to comprehend but so well written it keeps dragging the reader back, time and again until the end.