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Dark Heavens (GOLLANCZ S.F.) Paperback – 12 Feb 2004


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; New edition edition (12 Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057507406X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575074064
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.8 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,017,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Edgy SF. Comparisons to Philip K. Dick aren't too wide of the mark. Assured and uncompromising, Dark Heavens marks the emergence of a potential major new voice in British SF." --"Dreamwatch"

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The sequel to the acclaimed RECKLESS SLEEP from a writer who has it in him to be the British heir to Philip K. Dick.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Odell on 13 Aug. 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is almost impossible to put down before you reach the end.It is similar to Altered Carbon in style, though the story itself I found even more stimulating. Both offer a gritty view of the future. The characters are well drawn but it is the strong story line, excellent pace and surprise twists in the plot that make it an excellent read. It is a dark but believable view of the future incorporating a good scientific framework with administration corruption and manipulation of a desperate population. This future could well be closer than we think. The suspense builds throughout and even the ending leaves you wanting more. This is the first book I have read by this author and I will definitely read his others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. S. McCormack on 8 Mar. 2011
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An enjoyable, relatively fast-paced read.

I do wonder how many patients of Dr. Levy have read his books as the Dr. Death style characters are pretty grim. I liked that grimness about this book; the people past caring and willing to commit suicide to find their own personal heavens, assisted by some heavy preacher PR. These people provide a backdrop to the story. The mass suicides are the scenery while the main plot pursues a detective-style investigation into actual corruption. See mass suicide is legal and even somewhat encouraged by the officials. Anyway if you don't mind the dark elements then you should enjoy this Sci-fi Noir Detective novel ala Century Rain (Gollancz S.F.). As a bonus, there are even mild hints of humour and you can almost care about the main cast.

To set a few things straight here I would like to dispense with the talk of Philip K. Dick. Okay, VR Headsets are included in the book but the shade of PKD is not evident (This is in reference to the quote on the cover of the book). The comparisons to Richard Morgan are unnecessary as 'Dark Heavens' is more in touch with 'eXistenZ'. 7/10

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Wondering why this is cheap for a New Hardback Edition? Maybe because they bound the covers on upside-down (Not that it makes much difference as the dust jacket hides that mistake anyway).
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A word of warning - if you're going through any kind of emotional crisis, or just want to read a bit of light relief before drifting off to sleep, don't pick up this book. Dark Heavens puts the `eek!' in bleak... However, if Richard Morgan's world does it for you, then Levy's classier effort - there's less swearing and sex, for starters - should hold you right to the very end. The same rage at humankind's greedy, shortsighted cruelty flares through both men's work making them a riveting, if deeply uncomfortable read.

Levy's depiction of a slowly dying Earth after a catastrophic war, with politicians and individuals flailing around for some sort of solution is the backdrop to this pitch-black noir thriller. It is the classic tale of the besieged hero fighting against the odds, gathering along the way a ragtag (literally) bunch of people willing to help.

His storytelling style is dense, with the expectation that the reader will join up the dots. If you attempt to skim this book at any point, you are apt to lose the thread. I know this to my cost. First time around, in an attempt to skip some of the misery, I tried it - and ended up abandoning it. Normally, I don't bother to return to books I can't get through, but I'd read enough to know that this was a good `un.

However, that is my main quibble. Despite the slightly upbeat ending, I feel that a couple of humorous touches along the way could have made the book more digestible without compromising the overall tone. This is, of course, a purely personal preference. If your tastes run to the darker side of science fiction and utopia for you is dystopian chaos, then Levy is certainly your man.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Archana on 21 Dec. 2007
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This is the sort of book that lasts for years in your mind. You'll find yourself thinking more clearly about new technologies, concepts of reality and social structures. The writing is quite beautiful - lyrical, yet precise, always thoughtful and thought-provoking. A compelling story.
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By A. A. Shahriari on 11 Dec. 2014
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