- Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: Ace; F First Edition Thus edition (May 25, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0441018866
- ISBN-13: 978-0441018864
- Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 230 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #852,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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House of Suns Mass Market Paperback – May 25, 2010
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About the Author
Alastair Reynolds was born in Barry, South Wales, in 1966. He studied at Newcastle and St. Andrew's Universities and has a Ph.D. in astronomy. A former astrophysicist for the European Space Agency, he lives in the Netherlands, near Leiden. He is now writing full-time.
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To set the tone, the book is intelligent, well paced, has good characters, is believable in a scifi perspective and nicely (as far as I am concerned) almost approaches a Phillip K Dick twistedness at times, but is definitely more cogent than say a 'Valis'. It combines good current knowledge of science and some good extrapolations and ideas of what the future might bring. I like that ships do not travel faster than light and how it examines the concept of "deep time" in galactic travels. The characters are interesting, sympathetic, and human. And the are well developed and three dimensional.
The book only dipped once into a place that I had trouble with. Without giving too much away, there was a need to question a bad guy, and the technique they were using seemed to be introduced as a device that was there because it might sound cool or interesting. Aside from not being useful even as portrayed, it just looks like something Reynolds came up with for added coolness, and tried too hard. I don't know, maybe the publisher's editors said he had to add some cool factor (which never works which is why it is a possibility). At that one point, and only that point was the story a little rough getting through. However the strength of the rest of the book easily allows me to rate it 5 stars.
This book was a pleasant surprise.
The story kept me interested and wanting more. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I do recommend you first read his short novella (only $3 on Amazon) "Thousandth Night" which has the same characters and kind of sets up this world.
A Universe in which humans are expanding to the far ends of our galaxy and machines have their own civilization. Apparently these are not novel ideas, right?! There are hundreds of other authors that write about that?! Well, and here is where it gets complicated: Alastair Reynolds is not your dime a dozen author! His understanding of the current scientific view of the Universe and technology is exquisite but it is not just that, there is a lot of stuff he is throwing at us in this book: cloning, artificial life, ethics, morality, immortality, oh, and how to shield a supernova with a stardam!!! The only way apparently to get to those far reaches of the galaxy is to travel really
close to light speed in stasis, "like bookworms who've tunneled through the pages of history" missing out on the unfolding of humankind.
His writing style is meditative, with dark humor interspersed that might be missed at a shallow lecture. There is always an underlying melancholy, space is a lonely place in spacetime. There are thoughts on the rise and fall of civilizations , the flow of history and our evolution as species, a lot of answers that raise more questions, not about how or when we will fly up there, but are we mature enough for it.
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Despite it being a flawed book, I loved it. It's more of a 4.5.Read more