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The Risen Empire (Succession) Paperback – July 22, 2008
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Top Customer Reviews
While there was once a time when I read mostly science fiction, I long ago moved into fantasy when looking for lighter reading and while I still dipped into the pool now and then, I never was impressed enough to wade back in fully, though I sometimes found things I liked quite a bit (Dan Simmons' Hyperion series for instance). If I thought there were more books out there like this one, I'd throw on my goggles, suit, and fins and jump in for an extended stay.
As mentioned, the science part of Risen Empire is smoothly handled--the jargon never gets in the way, the devices themselves and their application are fascinating, and it's all tied so tightly into what's happening that you never feel lost or confused in a sea of technological jibber-jabber. Even better than the science, though, is the human side of this novel. The political premise, that one empire, ruled by the dead--eternals tightly tied to the emperor who alone can grant that immortality--is slowly stagnating and is starting to face internal dissent by some of the living is wonderful.Read more ›
The problem occurs when the two collide: sophisticated explanations of technology sometimes get lost in flowery language, making some passages (lasting as long as a few ages) difficult to get through. I found that the pace was broken in this way about two or three times throughout the novel.
But that's a small criticism for a book as enjoyable as this. For those that like to dig into sci-fi technology, this book is a gem. It also has solid military sci-fi elements and good action. For those who like character stories, there is a wonderful (but very bizarre) relationship that occurs near the end... good stuff.
1. Flawed, human heroes. I am quite tired of superheroes in SF. I refuse to read those books where the characters are the "best, of the best, of the best, of the best, of the best- and unmatched in everything that they attempt to do".
2. Great technology, fully explained and described by the author.
3. Politics and Religion.
4. 3-dimensional enemy, the Rix.
5. Actual descriptions of places, environments, and locales. Too much early SF was carried strictly by dialog.
6. Exciting, detailed action scenes.
This 2 book set is a movie waiting to happen
The SF community should beg this Scott Westerfeld fellow to write more SF novels.
If this were not as good a novel, then I probably would have been testy about having to buy two (rather short) volumes. Of course, I would not have bought the second.
This book is full of poetic images, like the dead cat farm, that are scattered as if thrown away. I enjoyed it so much that if I had been able to finish it in one swell foop I would have been left regretting that it ended so soon.
It faintly embarrassing that I now love Space Opera this much. It is out of character that this sub-genre, which, except for Nova, never really interested me, has now become vital literature in the wide spectrum of science fiction. I'm a slipstream/new wave kind of guy. What am I doing reading this stuff? (Having a great time - that's what.)
(I apologize for the second sentence of the last paragraph.)
This book reminded me so much of the Ender's Game series by Orson Scott Card.Ender's Game (Ender, Book 1)
All in all it was a really good book. Now, I must acquire the next one.
And a note about the cover. Who on earth chose that cover for the MMP? It looks like one of those books an old man reads, not something from Scott Westerfeld. I felt like I needed a book cover for reading in public. I felt like I needed to tell everyone that glanced at me and the book, "No! No! This isn't a book I lifted from my Grandpa. It's really cool. It isn't a book for old men, I swear!" I felt judged because of carrying this book's cover around. (All that was said jokingly, if you cannot tell. So don't hate mail me about the virtues of not caring what other people thing. Please and thank you.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book partner's with the second book of the Succession - they were originally supposed to be one giant book, but they were broken up. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Laura RG
For a true Hard SF fan - this is the real deal. I immediately bought the sequel after finishing this book.Published 4 months ago by Hugh Patrick
Like the Martian, the author's attention to detail is impressive but not over bearing. The setup of an eighty world empire, the physics of that reality, and the culture and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jonah Keegan
I could barely bring myself to finish this book.
The book is told from the point of views of many many different characters, not a single one interesting, all lacking any type... Read more
Once of the mesmerizing Sci fi stories out there. Character driven so well, you're sucked into this world and won't want to put the book down!!!Published 9 months ago by Bobby J.
I enjoyed the world and the ideas but this really should have been included with the following book The Killing of Worlds to be one 700-page novel rather than two 350-page novels. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jonathan Wood
Very good military hard scifi. The setting is unique and engaging. Interesting take on what happens to society when death eternal becomes the life of the rich.Published 12 months ago by Ben
Space opera and human intrigue on par with Dune. I am eager to continue the series, especially since the last scene is one shell of a cliff hanger.Published 13 months ago by Kindle Customer