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Dark Space: The Sentients of Orion Book One

Dark Space: The Sentients of Orion Book One [Kindle Edition]

Marianne de Pierres
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DARK SPACE lacks focus, but the colourful characters and sense of scale suggest that the series could develop into something special (TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT)

Dark Space is a rich and vigorous adventure and a promising first instalment (THE AUSTRALIAN)

A complex and exciting novel, almost devoid of cheap sentiment and comfortable vindication. It's not a cheerful read, but it is a very rewarding one . . . de Pierre s' willingness to display the imperfections of her characters is a large part of the appeal of Dark Space; she deftly handles the aspects of bringing characters to life that elude so many space opera writers, simply by making them genuinely human - with all the contradictory drives and motives that implies . . . While a deeply political book, Dark Space is also a very engaging one - the fine characterisation and subtle writing make for a novel which is both exciting and thought-provoking at once . . . It's always a joy to find intelligent and exciting space opera; to find it being written by a woman unafraid to bring her own perspective to a traditionally masculine genre, doubly so. (SCALPEL MAGAZINE)

Dark Space is an exciting adventure with plenty going on to keep you turning the pages. The story is primed to enter uncharted territory at the end of Book One. Marianne has a knack for creating compelling characters in complex realities-the Parish Pless (AUREALIS)

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A compelling new Space Opera series from the acclaimed author of the Parrish Plessis books

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 570 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (6 May 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003HV0U22
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #360,263 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Marianne de Pierres is the author of the award-winning Sentients of Orion science fiction series. Her Parrish Plessis series has been translated into nine languages and adapted into a Role Playing Game. She is also the author of the award-winning humorous Tara Sharp crime series, written under the pseudonym Marianne Delacourt. Her teen series, Night Creatures, has been met with rave reviews. Visit her websites at and

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing idea that's poorly executed. 20 Mar 2008
By hippo
As the Amazon synopsis explains, Jo-Jo Rasterovich - mineral scout and general waster- discovers a god like being on the edge of space called Sole. What is it and what does it want?

This idea caught my interest and so I bought the book. Unfortunately De Pierres focuses the story on Mira - a Baronessa who has the hereditary ability to pilot ships and Trin, the future Principe (King) and his fall from grace. Their stories interlink and make up the majority of the book.

This is a four book series so it is understandable that De Pierres doesn't want to reveal the central idea completely in book one but even so, to focus the story on the two characters above was a wasted opportunity. Neither are at all likeable, both are self-obsessed whiners, Mira especially, who prattles on consistently about how unfair everything is. When the reader can empathise with the main characters a book becomes much more enjoyable but there is no chance of that occurring here.

If the Author had focused on Jo-Jo and the other main character- an academic named Tekon- who has been chosen as one of the select few to interact with Sole then perhaps the book could have been saved, sadly she doesn't.

However, the biggest problem I had with this book is the undertone of sexism towards men. All the male characters are selfish and aggressive monsters, basically scum. Whilst virtually all the women are martyrs: generous, understanding, caring and warm. The idea that either sex is wholly good or bad is laughable and naive but this is one of the author's key themes and it really begins to grate.

Moreover, as a previous reviewer stated, the novel use of language (a form of futuristic Italian) is maddening.

Overall, this was very disappointing and I'll not be picking up the second book : 'Chaos Space' when it comes out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this space opera very much. 24 Mar 2011
By Mardel
The first time I ever heard of Marianne De Pierres was when I picked up this totally bad-ass looking book called Nylon Angel. It was a kind of cyperpunk/sci-fi/urban fantasy mix. I guess that's why she's considered a speculative fiction writer. After reading Nylon Angel, I searched high and low for the other two of the series (Parrish Plessis series) Code Noir, and Crash Deluxe. Hell of a trilogy. One I kept thinking about long after reading.

After reading works from two separate series, and taking a peek at a third of her series (Sharp Shooter under the name Marianne Delacourt) I feel like any book by Marianne De Pierres I pick up is going to be well written, with numerous interesting characters, a variety of character "voices", good dialogue and excellent narration. The book will be interesting with twists, suspense and a sense of ...well being there.

Dark Space is about a three separate people whose lives cross paths; it's also about a entity called Sole, for a lack of any other name. It seems there was this space traveler/partier - kind of a lazy boy who likes to keep his mind rather altered (haha, likes to get high) and on one of this "explorations" comes across this entity - who either saves him or put him in danger in the first place. This entity has no real body, and the result of this discovery is that beings from other planets consider him/she/it a godlike being. This entity - Sole, likes to explore other minds and to do this has convinced people to set up a place to collect beings who want the priviledge of being mind-explored....not always a pleasant experience, and one that leaves them altered, in a way.

The other half of this story is about Tekton, Mira and Trinder. Tekton's story doesn't quite run concurrently with Mira and Trinder's.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced space opera with its own unique style 8 July 2007
Campared to the Parish novels, Deep Space has a better defined level of threat and intrigue to drive the plot. There is still the characteristic, De Pierres, fast-paced action and writing style, yet there is something more to the space opera.

Mira Fedor, the main character, is softer than Parish ever was. She's been sheltered and, although not a favourite among the aristocrats, she hasn't experienced the down and dirty side of life. The world of Araldis is a dismal mining world, run by a patriarchal government.

Jo-Jo Rasterovich is a quirky character, who is at times down right amusing. He has discovered a god. Into this mix are various aliens and humans, flocking to comune with this new entity. One of the, the alien, Tekton, who I haven't quite worked out, is really an interesting piece of characterisation.

I found the Italian influence on the Araldis world, a nice touch and the slight feminist leanings appealing.

I can't wait for the next book in this series. I found the story and the characters kept me rivetted to the book and I finished it in one sitting.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Story 6 April 2010
By Jalepe
This is the first book I have read from this author and I did like it and decided to continue to read the other books in this series. It can take time to get used to those Italian words and for someone like me who doesn't speak the language at all. I could only try to guess what they really mean (which was initially slightly annoying but after the same words were repeated often enough you get used to them).
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