- Libro de bolsillo: 592 páginas
- Editor: Revelation Space; Edición: Reprint (1 de mayo de 2002)
- Colección: Revelation Space
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0441009425
- ISBN-13: 978-0441009428
- Valoración media de los clientes: 3 opiniones de clientes
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº56.473 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
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"Intensely compelling; darkly intelligent; hugely ambitious."--Paul J. McAuley, author of Ancients of Days
"A terrific treat. I was hooked from page one. Billion-year-gone alien wars, killer intelligences--and perhaps the most stunning and original alien artifact in modern science fiction--and all rendered with the authentic voice of a working scientist. Ferociously intelligent and imbued with a chilling logic--it may really be like this Out There."--Stephen Baxter, co-author of The Light of Other Days
"A striking first novel. Revelation Space delivers the goods. Certain to be one of the year's most impressive debut novels, and one of the most significant large-scale epics of the year. Reynolds is the next writer to watch in the resurrection of the conceptually intelligent space opera."--Gary Wolfe, Locus
"Complicated, and very clever and well-written...a spectacular first novel."--Aboriginal SF
"A delight. A refreshing and entertaining reconsideration of some of the genre's oldest tropes. An impressive first novel, quite possibly the space opera of the year. Watch for it at awards time."--Jonathan Strahan, Locus
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As human colonists settle on the planet of Amarantin, a world whose native inhabitants mysteriously vanished nearly a million years before, one man, Dan Silvester, becomes convinced that their disappearance could hold the key to human survival on the planet, but he soon discovers that someone will do anything to hide the truth. A first novel. Reprint.Ver Descripción del producto
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In regards to the story itself: Well, given that I tried to read Pushing Ice and ended up DNFing it, I liked Revelation Space a lot more than I expected to.
Which isn't to say, mind you, that I particularly liked Revelation Space.
Oh, I liked the core of it well enough. Alastair Reynolds has one heck of an imagination, that much is clear. The worlds he imagined, the Amarantin, the Inhibitors, even something as simple as the Assassin game that Khouri played in early on... all absolutely fascinating.
...and all mostly crushed under the man's inability to stop repeating himself and to not spew forth of a river of verbiage when a mere trickle would do.
I don't regret reading it, but I won't be picking up any more works from him. I'd rather read KSR instead.
My other main complaint with the book is that Revelation Space feels like a universe with a lot of lore but almost no history. Settlements, wars, factions, and races are all mentioned and (usually eventually) described but relationships between them and how they came to be are all somewhat unclear. There's no substantial history of how humans left Earth. No who went where to do what and why that is important for the universe now. In nearly 600 pages, Earth is mentioned maybe three or four times, and then only in passing. Again, this is something that would be fine if I knew some reason for it, but I don't. All I know for most of the book is that there are a lot of places, a lot of different factions and races (maybe human subspecies would be more appropriate in this case), and there are a few wars... and they just are; just accept it and read on. Don't worry about couching it in some historical context, because there is none... not here anyway. Maybe all of this is explained in another book, but I don't feel like I should have to read another book to understand the first one in a series. In a way, it almost feels like Reynolds was going for a LOTR storytelling approach where the reader gets a lot of lore and history in the main books, but has to read The Silmarillion in order to understand all the details, references, and nuances of the main books. Except in the Revelation Space universe, the reader just ends up feeling like they have to go somewhere else for any understanding. Heck, I read some Wiki pages to try to better understand the people, places, and events mentioned. Even that wasn't super helpful.
The saving grace of this book is the ending. Other reviewers have said it, and I agree, the last 50-100 pages get really interesting and many aspects of the story begin to make sense. The final scenes are suspenseful, interesting, and provide closure.
However, this story was not without flaws. I think this may be up to personal preference, but I found the plot to be too complexed for the style in which it was delivered and the plot devices the author chose. There is constant movement in this story, and the bite-sized bits of information we're given come too infrequently. The result is a story that is hard to get into. The characters are interesting; however, the thick shroud (see what I did there...) of mystery that surrounds them for the majority of this book made it impossible for me to get invested in any of them. The last issue I had was how cumbersome the writing was. I was never at any point eager to pick this book up again, even after I got into the plot.
I am interested in this plot, I will definitely be picking up the next one in the series....... eventually.....
This book took a little to get into and be able to follow- I kept having to go back and check things- I wish they had included a character map/ info sheet, as it was hard to keep track of at times.
The book is very, very intricately written and spans a few hundred years. There were always twists that one was not expecting to happen. The book is long but well worth the read. The writing is vivid and descriptive with each character being well developed. I listened to half the book on audio and the voices used were quite lovely, but I found this to be a book you need to read to really grasp. The ending really blew me away as well and left me thinking about life and where our civilization is heading/ what are we about.
I would pick it up, but know this is a book that will take some time to get through, but it is well worth it.