Absolution Gap (spoilers!) Warning: this page has many spoilers for Revelation Space, Chasm City, Redemption Ark and Absolution Gap by Alastair Reynolds. Absolution Gap Alastair Reynolds Victor Gollancz UK Hardcover First ISBN Publication Date: Pages; £ Date Reviewed. Alastair Reynolds continues his Revelation Space series with this “first-rate work of science fiction, a thoroughly modern space opera full of dangers and marvels.

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A planet that on occasion, temporarily ceases to exist. However, in retrospect some of the problems in the series started to show up about halfway through this book, and the majority of it can be blamed squarely on the writing and apparent lack of editing. Dear gods above, the ending.

Is there something I’m missing that makes this ending better than how Reynnolds perceived it? And inon the small frozen moon of Hela, Rashmika Els, a 16 year old archaeological prodigy, has unearthed evidence that undermines the beliefs of those who rule the vast cathedrals, huge cities in motion that circle the moon to keep the planet Haldora in view, just in case the miracle happens again.

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The suppression suggests a possible solution – make a deal with the Inhibitors alastajr involves them eliminating the Greenfly they’d probably be up for it. ISBN 2 27 Feb 07, I still think Absolution Gap failed so badly because the characters weren’t consistent from the previous books.

This page was last edited on 3 Decemberat Maybe it was better that way. And even as What a journey this trilogy was! It alastwir a major step down in Redemption Ark but the scope of what was going on made it up for me.

He had read it inadvertently, because of a sticky note. Before I knew it I had gobbled up the trilogy.


Reynolds also used the one plot device gp makes me furious – the ‘magic wand’ or ‘God principle’ where a crisis is reached but rather than getting the characters to resolve it through their own personal growth an outside force comes and makes it better. Characters were brutal and violent with no apparent reason and that disturbed me deeply. Granted, there was not a lot of character feynolds there, but she had been a major protagonist, and there was a bit of build-up to her sacrifice, but then we get another ” With Clavain in self imposed exile for most of that twenty years it has fallen to the hyperpig Scorpio to run things while waiting for the arrival alatsair Remontoire and the Zodiacal Light.


Conversations abound, but some reyynolds action sequences are either glossed over or happen off-screen. And as she leads them to an apparently insignificant moon light-years away, it begins to dawn to Clavain and his companions that to beat the enemy, it may be necessary to forge an alliance with something much worse We skulk in Scorpio’s head more intimately than perhaps any other character in the series, though reynopds I think I am more interested in Reynold’s fascination with the character than my own.

I would completely agree with you if he reynolxs executed it in such a hamfisted manner. I liked that the Inhibitors weren’t the worst thing out there. For starters, I didn’t love the book, which when it comes to Alastair Reynolds is an anomaly. They had showed the Scuttlers, the long-extinct inhabitants of Hela, how to build a machine that could bring them across.

The Shadows only information available about the Shadows comes from themselevs, and should not be considered particularly reliable. It was showing cracks by the end of Revelation Space but the atmosphere and freshness of the ideas was carrying it over. Somewhere I saw these books described as sci-fi noirand I like that description.

Every time they are used against the Inhibitors it’s like we sneezed on them. Log in or sign up in seconds. I don’t think I ever hated one as much as I hate Skade here.

It makes us look back and see how flimsy some of the plotlines What a disappointment! I really feel like his grand concept space opera ideas seem to work better in short story form. I used to be a space scientist, and now I’m a writer, although for a time the two careers ran in parallel. As a one-time astrophysicist for the European Space Agency — he’s recently quit to devote all his time to his writing — Reynolds is fully qualified to talk about hard science, and he does so well. The Medusa Chronicles And a nice red crest.


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Hardly anything interesting happens, and when it does, it never gets proper treatment. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Why do good epics always turn into soap operas? As the crew collect the last refugees attempting to escape the system, a minor mutiny breaks out amongst the upper echelons, in which Scorpio’s leadership is overturned and the other leaders take power as a group.

He’s an expert at tipping the reader back and forth between a state of wondering and a state of wonder. The density that was the hallmark of ‘Revelation Space’ and ‘Chasm City’ gets paid off in this novel.

She joins one of the caravans, a massive vehicle composed alasgair several smaller units, to get to the “Permanent Way”, where the cathedrals can be found. It uses special indoctrinal viruses to maintain religious faith amongst its supporters, although certain areas, such as Rashmika’s town, are exempt. Or perhaps the Shadows are the Greenfly, and are attempting to go back in time in order to avert impending defeat by the humans or others.

The nature of Haldora, the Cathedrals, the characters of Quaiche and Aura are all pretty brilliant if you zlastair me. Mass Market Paperbackpages. I still think Reynolds writes some really interesting stuff, don’t know if Absolution Gap was one of those.

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By the way, I cannot recommend “Diamond Dogs” enough, of all of Reynolds work, this one still bubbles up in remembrance in a quite minute. After some deliberation, some fourteen thousand of the overcolonists board the ship, and it leaves. What Reynolds manages to do exceptionally well is build a believable story of us humans being among the stars in a few centuries, very realistic yet totally weird and fantastic and a bit gothic at the same absolutino, with science that might come to pass, weird and fantastic too.

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