On the Oceans of Eternity (The Nantucket/Islands in the Sea of Time Series): 3 Audio CD – Unabridged, 1 March 2021
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- ASIN : B08XLNTD95
- Publisher : Tantor and Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (1 March 2021)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8200136223
- Dimensions : 13.46 x 19.05 cm
- Customer Reviews:
"Strong characterizations, high historical scholarship, superior narrative technique, excellent battle scenes, and awareness of social and economic as well as technological factors in evidence."-- "Booklist"
"This fun, intelligent series is perfect not only for action-adventure, alternate history, time travel, and military-SF fans but also for epic fantasy readers, for Burroughs and Haggard fans craving a modern update of the lost-civilization novel, and for anyone who loves Patrick O'Brian's sensational sea battles."-- "Amazon.com, editorial review"
About the Author
S. M. Stirling was born in France but is Canadian by origin and American by naturalization. Stirling is the author of numerous science fiction and fantasy novels, including the popular Nantucket series that began with Island in the Sea of Time and, more recently, Dies the Fire and The Protectors War.
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What on earth happened here? Minor characters from the earlier books are endlessly and formulaically revisited, always in the same fashion. E.g someone is going somewhere, they aren't there, but they're going there. What can they see? What do they think about it? What else is going through their head? What can they see now, what do they think about that? What is the person next to them wearing, does it have pleats? On, and on, and on.
Little of it moves the exciting denouement of 'Against the Tide of Years' forward and by the time I had got 300 pages in I had basically forgotten what the point of any of it was and did something I hardly ever do with fiction books; I started scanning and skipping ahead. Just to see if anything, something, was actually going to happen.
Well the book ends, one gets the impression with the ending that Stirling had had about as much fun writing it as I found reading it and just wanted it over. There was little satisfaction for the reader who had tracked the travails of Marion Alston, William Walker et al over three books and expected a tumultuous climax.
Its been 12 years since this came out so I doubt there will be any more, in any case I dont think its a journey many readers would want to accompany him on now.
There are clear indications to me that a further book or more could be written as there is the open ended sections regarding the crew of the lost airship, and the surviving daughter who intends to rebilud her fathers empire away form the sea where the nantucknians can't easily get to her?
the "Dies the fire" trilogy has spawned a follow up series based on the children of the main characters from the first series
sexier with less repeated violence he handles the change in time through the eyes of the people who have to lead the survivors through the challenges and difficulties of being thrown back in time.
The leading characters are well crafted and strong and unusual in that the war leader is a black feminist lesbian, who he creates with a thoroughly crafted and detailed pen. All the characters were thoroughly researched and believable with exception of a demented Sado- Masochist doctor who is frankly badly written and boring. She will not spoil your enjoyment of excellently crafted novel
Too long, too many characters and too many situations. The whole west coast expedition should have been cut out and stuck in a novella like the Pern series does from time to time.
Started to skip pages towards the end as I was getting bored, but to be fair I had come on to it straight after reading the middle book.
Look for the tribute to Rorke's drift, its one of the best bits.
Finally,...stop criticising these books cause they dont fit your view of how people should live their lives. The writer does not 'shove lesbianism down your throats' any more than a writer whose main character is straight, would be shoving heterosexuality down your throats. The books show a fair representation of human frailties and actually serves to show the importance of community, integrity and family...