- Series: Quintaglio Ascension (Book 3)
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (August 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765309726
- ISBN-13: 978-0765309723
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,682,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Foreigner: Book Three of the Quintaglio Ascension Paperback – July 14, 2005
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The final episode in Sawyer's popular chronicle of the Quintaglio race, an evolved dinosaur species occupying the moon of a gas giant known as the Face of God, reveals some surprising secrets about the race's origins and brings the trilogy to a suspenseful close. Still suffering the punishment of blindness for declaring the Face of God a planet and the Quintaglio world doomed to destruction in 100 years, the famed astronomer Afsan undergoes a revelatory new therapy for restoring vision to his regrown eyes. Meanwhile, on an ocean voyage, Afsan's son discovers another intelligent saurian race, which provokes violence from the Quintaglios that leads to an interspecies war, and the exploration of a ruined alien spacecraft by Afsan's ex-mate Novato triggers the automated construction of an awe-inspiring space tower that may provide the Quintaglios the means of escaping their world before it breaks apart. Sawyer deftly combines well-reasoned hard-science speculation with psychology, imaginative alien anthropology, and even linguistics (the book includes a Quintaglio glossary) to produce a fascinating and memorable adventure that's not just for dinosaur lovers. Carl Hays --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A fine end to a brilliant series."--Quill & Quire
"Sawyer deserves a round of vigorous applause."--Analog
"A rousing conclusion to a dynamic and inspiring trilogy. Highly recommended."--The Toronto Star
"A fine end to a brilliant series." (Quill & Quire)
"Sawyer deserves a round of vigorous applause." (Analog)
"A rousing conclusion to a dynamic and inspiring trilogy. Highly recommended." (Toronto Star)
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I'm glad I persevered with the series. I was a little doubtful at first. The idea for the trilogy was startling but, in the first book, its development was slow, repetitive and predictable, and the leading character lacked depth and dimension. By the end of Foreigner, however, that character was no longer milquetoast, and there were quite a few surprises in the plot.
Would I recommend it? If you've read books one and two, you're going to read book three anyway. If you're looking at this review wondering whether to start at all on the trilogy, then I repeat the advice in my review of the first book: "Buy it, but buy it cheap." And then persevere. Eventually, you'll find it all worth it.
What actually happens in the book? It would be difficult to say much without giving away a lot of the plot, but from the blurb you can doubtless gather that the Quintaglios discover they are not the only intelligent species on their moon. What they find out about their neighbours leads to very difficult times indeed, and threatens the goal of escape from their doomed home.
But about the book, of course it's the third in the series. You get more insight into the Quintaglio race in this book and delve deeper into the psyche of the characters. I found myself really loving the main characters and caring what happened to them.
There were a couple spots here and there where I wish things could have turned out differently, or other aspects could have been more fleshed out. But I guess that's a testament to the author's ability to spin this amazing story and draw you in. I want more. More, more, more.
Anyway, I read this book over the course of a week do to work. But about half way through I couldn't put it down anymore and blazed through it, which is always bittersweet. Some parts were really suspenseful, and other parts I shed a few tears.
I read a lot of books and authors and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a good read. I'm glad I have it on my kindle because I'll probably revisit it at some point. Thanks to the author for sharing his gift of story telling.
Foreigner (1994) is the third and final book of Sawyer's Quitaglio Ascension trilogy, following Far-Seer: Book One of the Quintaglio Ascension, and Fossil Hunter: Book Two of The Quintaglio Ascension (Quintaglio Trilogy).
In Foreigner Sawyer borrows elements from real Human History to add bits and pieces to his characterizations. In this one he borrows bits and pieces from Guy de Chaulia, Sigismund Schlomo Freud Also; there is a little Japanese Kamikazes. There that's enough clues. Go out and get this book!
If you enjoyed The Fossil-Hunter and the Far-Seer as much as I did, you'll want to read this concluding book.
Next comes... nothing. Oh, well, I'll check out his short stories in Iterations: And Other Stories maybe read Calculating God again. Or possibly the Hominids
Sawyer does let his Liberal leanings peek out at you in this book, but not terribly so. The nose of the camel does get snuck under the tent.
All in all this is a delightful ending to a very pleasant trilogy.
Gunner May, 2007
The story of the Quintaglio arrives at its conclusion and their society needs to change at any price so they can survive. When the Quintaglios are challenged by another species due to their own errors they discover the terrible price their religious, cultural and political structures are costing them. And the doomsday clock is still ticking.
Recommended to all readers.
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by Robert J. Sawyer
On the third outing into the world of sentient dinosaurs called Quintaglios the story fails to charm in...Read more
Well written, and interesting read.