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Sun of Suns: Book One of Virga [Kindle Edition]

Karl Schroeder
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It is the distant future. The world known as Virga is a fullerene balloon three thousand kilometers in diameter, filled with air, water, and aimlessly floating chunks of rock. The humans who live in this vast environment must build their own fusion suns and "towns" that are in the shape of enormous wood and rope wheels that are spun for gravity.

Young, fit, bitter, and friendless, Hayden Griffin is a very dangerous man. He's come to the city of Rush in the nation of Slipstream with one thing in mind: to take murderous revenge for the deaths of his parents six years ago. His target is Admiral Chaison Fanning, head of the fleet of Slipstream, which conquered Hayden's nation of Aerie years ago. And the fact that Hayden's spent his adolescence living with pirates doesn't bode well for Fanning's chances . . .

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"SUN OF SUNS is a rip-roaring story full of marvellous images and cutting edge ideas. Schroeder has the rare and invaluable ability to develop wholly new concepts and turn them into compelling narratives. The scientists are already studying Schroeder's ideas. Take him very seriously." -STEPHEN BAXTER"

About the Author

KARL SCHROEDER lives in Toronto, Ontario

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1433 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (31 July 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0015UB10W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #408,795 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cinematic swash-buckling. Yarr! 28 Jun. 2008
A story of pirates and a desperate search for treasure, with a sub-plot of resistance by a conquered people (this isn't explored in much depth and only eally serves to make one of the main characters' backgrounds a bit more interesting). The setting is a world of a several thousand mile bubble of air floating in space, which contains several miniature suns, the control of which defines nations. There is negligible gravity and for reasons that are never made clear, electronics don't work. This leads to dramatic if somewhat silly action, with jet-powered wooden airships, sword-fights in 3D, and so on. If cut judiciously it would make a great feature-length film - probably best done as a cartoon though, as shooting a whole feature to appear to be in zero G would be very hard. There are some minor inconsistencies in the environment (another reason to film it as a cartoon - cartoon physics are somewhat more forgiving!), and minor plot threads left dangling, but over all it's great fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating world and easy-to-read language! 5 July 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am not a native English-speaker, thus I value a less complicated language, on one hand, but I do not want to read children stories with over simplistic vocabulary, on the other. This book worked great for me. I did have to look up some of the words but when I did not have a dictionary with me, I could still understand what was going on.

Comparing to those worlds I have read about, seen in movies or computer games, Virga is absolutely fascinating! It is not too unusual and complicated to understand. The combination of old and new is balanced. The `old' gives a sense of romance and adventure: it is not about pressing the right buttons at the right time rather it is about reacting fast enough and being creative in one's solutions. The `new' does not put a sharp contrast between our world and the world of Virga, because it is not aliens and super technologies that make the difference, but it is a fusion of circumstances that made human development follow a peculiar path.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh air in swashbuckling adventures 16 Jun. 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
The best feature in Sun of Suns is really the setting. The author has created a believable universe set inside a world-sized baloon, with fusion-operated suns, floating cities made of wood and metal, forests, asteroids, cloud banks, even animals... the descriptions are detailed, well thought-out, and grab the reader, not wanting to put this book down until the very end.

The characters are manageable, with enough depth so as not to become too stereotypical.

All in all, a very good read, a nice adition to any sci-fi library, and a great introduction to an interesting universe.
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