This novel is a standalone story which takes two extraordinary characters and follows them as they independently begin to unravel some of the greatest mysteries of our universe. Their missions are dangerous, and they are all venturing into the unknown...and if they can uncover the secret to faster-than-light travel then new worlds will be at our fingertips.
But innovation and progress are not always embraced by everyone. There is a saboteur at work. Different factions disagree about the best way to move forward. And the mysterious Watchkeepers are ever present.
Completing the informal trilogy which began with Blue Remembered Earth and On the Steel Breeze, this is a powerful and effective story.
©2015 Alastair Reynolds (P)2015 Orion Publishing Group
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"Fantastic. One of a kind. Different."
Exploration. Elephants. African. Family.
no. quite good, but at times a bit hard to understand. e.g. too much played accent :)
If you want an action packed story look elsewhere. This is a story about people, their feelings, day-to-day interactions... Very interesting mix of hard science & nature animal story.
No. Too drawn out. Way too much uninteresting dialogue. Towards the end of the book I couldn't stomach any more.
Other books I've read by him are better. More inventive.
The narrator in and of herself is good - but the high pitch, squeeky, African-simulated voices get annoying after a while, espc. as there is so much dialogue.
"Not bad, but oh so slow..."
There is a worthwhile story in here, but unfortunately it's buried beneath a large amount of unnecessary padding. This is one book which would really benefit from some editing.
In particular, it seemed very dialogue-heavy, with a lot of conversations not contributing much. This was not helped by the narrator making some of the characters speak rather slowly - albeit for a good reason.
That aside, the narration was very good, and it was not hard to tell who was who.
Incidentally, I don't agree with the synopsis above, where it states that "This novel is a standalone story." On the contrary; it draws heavily on the previous two books, and if you're going to go for this one, I'd recommend reading/listening to the others first.
So to summarise: an interesting story buried under a lot of padding, with a decent narrator.
I understand the desire to create an alternate to the standard white Anglo/American focus, but not sure the African slant works for me. But the biggest issue I have is, talking elephants! Felt like a bit 'young adult science fiction' to me, and a big stretch, especially as there was little character definition and therefore it was impossible to be either supportive or antipathetic toward them. I like the usual broad span of space and time of ARs books, and the strict adherence to the existing laws of physics.
As in other books, the ending allows many more spinoff stories, which is a good thing.
She was excellent and I will look out more books read by her on the basis of this.
It filled up my daily commute, in that its length helped and the narrative was 'just' strong enough, but across the whole three books I think there were large chunks where I just concentrated on driving.....I don't think I missed anything critical
Alistair Reynolds is a great author but I'd rather see/hear more of the Chasm City universe (or the as yet undeveloped Pushing a Ice universe) than any more of this one. Noble attempt to change the paradigm, but ultimately the whole African/Elephant plot didn't convince me at all.
"interesting, but not exciting."
If nothing else, you can tell the author had a passion for this story. It's a story about characters, not events.
"Another great listen"
Loved it! Would recommend to all Alastair Reynolds fans. Just make sure to listen to the first two books in the series first.
"Entertaining and enlightened"
Whilst, in my view, not his best work it is still very worthy science fiction. I am also pleased that we have main characters that are not centred around white middle class men. The characters are well rounded and interesting lending this series a unique quality.
I enjoyed this last instalment the most out of the series.
"GALAXY SPANNING EPIC"
FARSEEING FUTURISTIC VISION
THE RESCUE FROM THE WHEEL
THIRD PART OF AN EXCELLENT SERIES WITH AN ENDING THAT LEAVES MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS.
"elephants in space"
the basis of elephants in space wasn't believable, it was the hinge to the whole story and it wasn't convincing
almost every character had a terrible accent , either totally unbelievable, squeaky or slow, not one character was in her native tongue
there are definite story lines that are intentionally left unfinished , this isn't a stand alone book, was clearly never designed to be
although I struggled with the whole elephants in space thing, the book was reasonable enough , but the narrator was very poor , I would advise anyone interested in this story to buy the book rather than the audiobook
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