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Dust Mass Market Paperback – December 26, 2007
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“Extraordinary ... exactly the kind of brilliantly detailed, tightly plotted, roller-coaster book she has led her readers to expect, replete with a fantastic cast of characters.”—Booklist, starred review
Top Customer Reviews
Sounds like the coldest of high-tech science fiction, right? Well, it is, but Ms. Bear has managed to include angels, mythology, chivalry, knights, religion and imaginary creatures such as basilisks in a completely plausable way. She has combined a faux-medieval fantasy with hard science fiction--brilliantly.
Intricate, imaginative use of nanotechnology, wonderful "world-building"--I could smell and hear the sounds of the crippled ship, her descriptions were so vivid. Excitement, drama and emotional depth aplenty! I fell in love with the ship, and its inhabitants.
I cannot wait for the sequel.
Where the book really shines is the environment in which the characters exist. A brilliantly concept that fuses interstellar travel with genetic engineering and environmentalist peril, this ship is a menagerie of genius. This is made possible, in part, because Bear is an expert of the adjective. None of her descriptions are stale, and her turn of phrase is wonderfully suited to her quasi-archaic civilization. I especially enjoyed that the ultimate enemy, the deadly void of space, became the swear word--"space!Read more ›
"Dust" presents a fascinating universe. The setting is very creative, with an innovative new idea every few pages. Unfortunately, the characters aren't very likeable and don't seem to have much personality. For example, the young woman discovers that she was abandoned by her father, and doesn't seem to care. I just didn't connect to them, emotionally. About half way through the book, I set it down and didn't feel any urge to find out how it ended.
I can say that the world in Dust is fairly unique and told in a way which really and truly worked. It can be hard for an author to introduce readers to the unfamiliar, but the most difficult way I feel is to do so without utilizing a character whom is ignorant themselves. Elizabeth Bear manages to do this without any struggle or mistep.
I will touch briefly on the part of this story I found was the weakest and I say this with the tiniest mention because it was only what stopped it from getting five stars. The characters are developed, dynamic, multifaceted and deep, but they are a touch too few. There is a slight sense of the world lacking around the edges which I found a little unfortunate. I understood what the other people who arn't mentioned or named are like or might be like or doing, but I would of loved to actually get to read about them. I guess what I'm trying to say is this book could of easily been a thousand pages without overstaying it's welcome. There were aspects I understood, such as Rein having friends back home, but not enough development for me to mourn them as she had to leave home and the same holds true for percivial.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Don't pick this book up for something quick and casual to read...start it when you have time to pay attention and to concentrate. Not every book should be a quick and easy read. Read morePublished 21 days ago by G. Ky Adams
This is one of the most unusual books I've ever read, in a very good way. The world it describes is fascinating and complex, as the characters in it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Melisa
Challenging and creative work. Didn't hook me as much as some other works by E. Bear. It took me a while to get comfortable enough in that universe that I could get involved with... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Daniele
A fascinating book that meshes elements of fantasy and science together in a seamless blend that will please readers in both genres, I think. Read morePublished on July 13, 2014 by Xan
There is a mix of high tech and almost primitive situations. There is a familiarity with legend of Earth that permeates the story. Read morePublished on March 21, 2014 by Bruce 22
My introduction to Ms. Bear was this Jacob's Ladder trilogy... Definitely a new fan! Relatively short, fast-paced, page turners... And so incredibly original & creative. Read morePublished on March 17, 2014 by OKJay
I love all 3 books in this trilogy. I read Dust when it first came out, and just recently caught up with the other two. Absolutely perfect. Read morePublished on January 11, 2014 by Reading Fool
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I wasn't very big into SciFi when I started, having only Ender's Game under my belt in the genre, but I was hooked from the start. Read morePublished on September 23, 2013 by Kayla