A Red Sun Also Rises Paperback – December 4, 2012
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"Hodder has crafted a loving homage to the 19th-century novel with the barest tweaks for a 21st-century sensibility, perfectly capturing the device of the narrator's diary (with hand-off to present-day editor), natural-philosophy preoccupations, and the struggle between divine and scientific views of creation. ...[A] fascinating adventure...The pacing is as vintage as the vividly imagined grotesqueries of alien life, but the rewards for acclimating to the style are well worth the effort."
"...features a pair of uncommon-and uncommonly appealing-protagonists and blends the fantastic with elements of Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and H.P. Lovecraft. Hodder once again excels in his ability to blend Victorian steampunk, psychological thriller, and "sword and planet" fantasy into an intriguing and entertaining adventure."
Praise for Mark Hodder:
"The usual superlatives for really clever fantasy (imaginative, mind-bending, phantasmagorical) aren't nearly big enough for this debut novel. With this one book, Hodder has put himself on the genre map."
-Booklist, starred review
"Hodder, with an encyclopedic grasp of period detail, tellingly brings these disparate, oddly familiar yet eerily different worlds to fecund life. Enthralling, dizzying, and as impressive as they come."
-Kirkus Reviews, starred review
About the Author
- ASIN : 161614694X
- Publisher : Pyr; Second Ed edition (December 4, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 375 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781616146948
- ISBN-13 : 978-1616146948
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,237,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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(I'll attempt to avoid spoilers)
The exposition is wonderful and engaging. Shortly after that, the story jumps from place to place in a jarring way. It honestly feels like a much longer story that was crammed into 200 pages. I found the dynamic between the main characters cliche, and many people in my class found it sexist.
Not my favourite, not a fan, but an interesting world dynamic if one can divorce it from the actual events.
- Hodder's imagination and descriptive writing are great. The early period on the alien world are particularly compelling, and the image of the world that changes when the Red Sun rises positively chills the bones.
- The pacing of the novel, though, is a bit uneven for my taste. Somewhere around the 2/3 mark, it seems like he decided he needed to finish the book and suddenly shifted into action and excitement. The result is that the civilizations and characters revealed in this last section get short shrift, narratively.
- I appreciated the moral and ethical courage our protagonist grows into, but I was less pleased with the war part that made up the last bit of the book. It felt tacked on.
- At its heart, A Red Sun Also Rises develops an environmental argument about the relationship of people to the world around them and challenges us to re-think how we understand what we've done to nature. The civilizations in the book don't know what they're doing, but the crucial failings they've created spring from their misunderstanding of the world around them. Let's hope we gain a bit more perspective than do the aliens here.
- This book reminded me of two older works. First, Edgar Wright Burrows' A Princess of Mars also includes a regular (if superlative) man being transported to a famous and strange other world where they show themselves to be capable and useful leaders whom the inhabitants of the world would be wise to follow. Second, the wraparound story recalls stories like Poe's "The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall," which purport to depict real--if unbelievable--events through journals or papers found mysteriously.
Overall, A Red Sun Also Rises brings a hint of Steampunk to the otherworldly adventures of a Victorian vicar and his sextant. It's a good tale, well worth reading, if a bit uneven.
Top reviews from other countries
The characters are likeable, the aliens are complex and comical and the plot is sufficiently strange to engage the imagination in new ways.
Sure, I can't wait for the next instalment of Burton & Swinburne, but if Mr Hodder keeps throwing quality stories at me like this one, I give him free reign to create to his heart's content.
Lieferung ist auch sehr schnell erfolgt, ich bin wirklich sehr zufrieden, vielen Dank !