- Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Spectra (January 27, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553591568
- ISBN-13: 978-0553591569
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
#3,752,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #8849 in Hard Science Fiction (Books)
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The Mirrored Heavens Mass Market Paperback – January 27, 2009
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"A crackling cyberthriller. This is Tom Clancy interfacing Bruce Sterling. David Williams has hacked into the future."—Stephen Baxter, author of the Manifold series
"The Mirrored Heavens presents an action-jammed and audacious look at a terrifyingly plausible future. By comparison to Williams' future, the present mess surrounding the Iraq conflict seems almost benign. Highly recommended for politicians, not that most would wish to see where their actions could easily lead."—L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
“The Mirrored Heavens is a complex view of global politics in time of crisis. Williams understands that future wars will be fought as much on-line as off. It's also rousing adventure with breathless, non-stop action—Tom Clancy on speed. And you will NOT be able to guess the ending.”—Nancy Kress, author of the Probability trilogy
"Explodes out the gate like a sonic boom and never stops. Adrenaline bleeds from Williams' fingers with every word he hammers into the keyboard. The razors of The Mirrored Heavens would eat cyberpunk's old-guard hackers and cowboys as a light snack."—Peter Watts, author of Blindsight
“The Mirrored Heavens presents an action-jammed and audacious look at a terrifyingly plausible future. By comparison to Williams' future, the present mess surrounding the Iraq conflict seems almost benign. Highly recommended for politicians, not that most would wish to see where their actions could easily lead.”—L. E. Modesitt, Jr., bestselling author of the Saga of Recluse series, the Spellsong Cycle series, and the Corean Chronicles series
"The Mirrored Heavens is a 21st century Neuromancer set in a dark, dystopian future where nothing and no one can be trusted, the razors who rule cyberspace are predators and prey, and ordinary human life is cheap. It starts out at full throttle and accelerates all the way to the end." —Jack Campbell, author of The Lost Fleet: Courageous
“Calling to mind Clint Eastwood and Dirty Harry more than Humphrey Bogart and Philip Marlowe, The Mirrored Heavens' action is wild and relentless…. In a welcome respite from noir stereotyping, Williams' female protagonist is neither killed nor kidnapped. A subject, not an object, Claire Haskell moves and shakes her dystopic world.”—Seattle Times
"Non-stop action propels the reader forward. Like William Styron's Sophie's Choice, characters face horrific decisions involving mass destruction of innocents and murder of close friends and allies.”—Sfrevu.com
“A powerful, rapid-fire sf adventure/intrigue story with echoes of cyberpunk.”—Library Journal
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
David J. Williams was born in Hertfordshire, England. He lives in Washington, D.C. The Mirrored Heavens is his first novel.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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One minor complaint is that there are a few sequences where the action is maybe too frantic. A few times I realized I had just blazed through multiple paragraphs and had not really comprehended what was happening. This isn't a slight on the authoring, I think he did a tremendous job of instilling the feeling of how hectic these battles would be and the writing amplifies that. It's maybe more a case where you need to remind yourself to come up for air once in a while to digest what you just read.
If you're looking for a fast paced near future sci-fi experience, then you owe it to yourself to give this a try.
The writing style itself leaves something to be desired. I assumed that the beginning of the book was attempting to get me involved into the story. I assumed it would slow down eventually. That never happened and eventually I stopped trying. I wanted to enjoy the book, but the style grows increasingly repetitive and loses its charm after so many pages of reading endless sentence fragments.
Books are supposed to tell a story, but unfortunately, the author seemed to want to tell a really long action scene. I know the old cliche "show, don't tell" but this guy takes to another level. Many scenes are just fragmented descriptions that show what he's talking about but doesn't exactly tell us anything to fill in the blanks. It's absolutely horrendous for establishing the story in between the action.
I want to read about human beings being challenged, not crazy tricked out badasses that can go non-stop without ever taking a break. Stories are supposed to have that down time where you can reflect. This book doesn't allow for that EVER.
The concept and the story world are absolutely wonderful. If you can handle action. Endless, like this. While you read. There's something. Something to be said about your tolerance. The way you can handle a different approach. Totally different from the rest. For hundreds. Hundreds of pages.
I just couldn't. :)
This is the war to end all wars. This is a very real and plausible extrapolation of a possible future that humanity faces. Have re-read this series a dozen times so far. Expect many more.