- Audio CD: 1 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio and Blackstone Audio; Unabridged edition (5 March 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1508281556
- ISBN-13: 978-1508281559
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 5.1 x 14 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 295 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
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About the Author
Elizabeth Bear, also known as Sarah Bear Elizabeth Wishnevsky, is an American author known for her speculative fiction. Among her many awards, she is one of only five writers who have gone on to win multiple Hugo Awards for fiction after winning the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. She also won a Sturgeon Award and the Locus Award for Best First Novel. She is the author of the acclaimed Eternal Sky series.
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This is thoughtful, exciting, wonder-inspiring scifi at it's very best. I felt echoes of 'Rendezvous With Rama' at times while reading this. If you're a fan of well-executed space opera leavened with very thoughtful examinations of society and psychology you'll love this.
I wasn't prepared for the emotional wallop I felt at the end. Crying in the Cafe at 7 in the morning while I finished it isn't usually my style - but this is very satisfying.
It stands alone superbly but I would race to read another adventure starring Haimey, Singer and Connla.
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Dreadful and it is an insult to Iain Banks to compare this in any way to the Culture series except for his ship names, something this book appropriates. If you like Banks or Reynolds or even The Expanse, give this a hard pass. It in no way measures up, not even close.
We are also treated to long sections disguised as the crew debating various philosophical bents. Again, it’s only vaguely interesting and detracts from the story.
The story ? A worthy one, completely lost in the hundreds of pages of either the main characters ‘thoughts’, or the crews ‘fascinating’ debates.
It’s a shame. If Bear wanted to write essays, perhaps she shouldn’t advertise them as sci-fi novels.
Station masters colluding with pirates, war crimes kept secret, and the emergent backstories of the characters all build up a well-textured story, and the basis for further explorations in the White Space Universe.
The author does tend to get distracted by the world she's created, sharing details on the politics, technology, and culture of her universe in a way that slows things down at the start, but it's Big Idea SF and anyway things pick up pretty quickly, and as I've intimated, she's building the foundation for a universe that will support more than one story. She's managed the most important step here, introducing us to a trio of engaging characters: Haimey the main character and salvage engineer, who shares some character DNA with the Expanse's Naomi Ngata, Connla, a pilot, gender-indifferent skirt chaser, and strategy game aficionado, and Singer, a shipbrain with a passion for political theory.
If you're a fan of James S. A. Corey, Alistair Reynolds, Ian Banks, Jack McDevitt, or really, anyone who does really good space opera, you should enjoy this and look forward to more White Space books to come.
I don't understand what she was thinking when she wrote this. I know she can write. Her 1st person perspective prose is horrible. The narrator's stream of conscious description is so annoying and tedious that it completely overshadows what could be very interesting world building, even if it's pretty derivative of Iain M. Banks. (And I would be fine with her writing a self-admitted homage to Banks).
I really don't understand what she was thinking when she wrote this book. I don't think I'll ever finish it or pay full price for an Elizabeth Bear novel again.