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The Disestablishment of Paradise

The Disestablishment of Paradise [Kindle Edition]

Phillip Mann
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An Ecological SF thriller from one of the greats of the genre, with elements of AVATAR and SILENT RUNNING.

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Something has gone wrong on the planet of Paradise.

The human settlers - farmers and scientists - are finding that their crops won't grow and their lives are becoming more and more dangerous. The indigenous plant life - never entirely safe - is changing in unpredictable ways, and the imported plantings wither and die. And so the order is given - Paradise will be abandoned. All personnel will be removed and reassigned. And all human presence on the planet will be disestablished.

Not all agree with the decision. There are some who believe that Paradise has more to offer the human race. That the planet is not finished with the intruders, and that the risks of staying are outweighed by the possible rewards. And so the leader of the research team and one of the demolition workers set off on a journey across the planet. Along the way they will encounter the last of the near-mythical Dendron, the vicious Reapers and the deadly Tattersall Weeds as they embark on an adventure which will bring them closer to nature, to each other and, eventually, to Paradise.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 773 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (21 Feb 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ABLJ15I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #148,791 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful and imaginative story 3 April 2013
Phillip Mann has been writing very good science fiction novels (Pioneers, Eye of the Queen, Wulfsyarn etc) for a long time and this is no exception.

It tells the story of the planet Paradise and the miners, settlers and the scientists who have lived there for several hundred years. It tells how these humans have completely misunderstood their relationship with this world and how Paradise, almost in spite of itself, turns on them.

When through a nasty piece of political in-fighting the Space Council decides to remove all human presence from Paradise, to disestablish it, it tells how two humans - Hera and Mack - stay behind (one legally and one not) on Paradise and how they find some very unexpected "creatures" and also find their redemption there.

It is a powerful and well-told story with well-developed and likeable characters. If you are willing to listen it will teach you more about yourself, more about our earth and the way we live in it and maybe more about the nature of love.

However it is not a preachy book at all, it is a strong story filled with humour and love and also its fair share of sorrow.

I really liked this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully imaginative 24 Mar 2013
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
OK, you want a book that brings a wonderfully imaginative world to the fore, brings cracking characters into a future society and blends it all with top notch story telling. Whilst this, in some respects, is a future dystopian novel, its one that takes a different flavour to a lot of the over titles out there at the moment, yes the cataclysm happened many years before, but when you throw the current population into a world of danger as well as what they perceive as magic, all round makes this a book that really does grip the reader from start to finish.

Add to this an author who has a clear idea on where he's taking the reader, blends it with wonderfully imaginative flora and wraps it all up in prose that just keeps you gripped all round makes this a book that is definitely worth the Sci-Fi readers time. Cracking.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good attempt at potraying the alien 11 May 2013
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This is this author's first novel in about fifteen years. His very first novel, Eye of the Queen, back in 1982, was notable for its detailing of the emotional side of alien contact, with a race of telepaths. Later novels like Wulfs Yarn and the Paxwax novels also dealt with complex human/alien relationships. Pioneers was a very dark novel indeed, in which humanity becomes alien to itself.

It is fitting perhaps that this novel most resembles his first, as though the author wants one more try at his core alien theme. The planet Paradise is indeed a paradise, extremely Earth-like, but with two moons that complicate tides. There are strangely no fauna, but the flora has evolved into a variety of forms, Dendrons, Tattershall Weeds, Reapers and more, some of which possess limited mobility, and the capacity to hurt and possibly kill humans. Paradise has been colonised, most of the hostile native fauna has been erased but strangely Earth plants never really take take to growing there. This leads to its 'disestablishment' that is, its closure as a destination in the inter-planetary 'fractal' gateway system and the withdrawal of its settlers, mostly farmers, and the scientific exploration teams.

This is were we meet Dr Hera Melhuish who is head of the science mission, and the principle character. She stays behind when everyone has left, to shut things down. But things go wrong and she is rescued by Mack, one of her technicians. Their developing romance seems to be both a cause of, and product of, the flora of Paradise re-asserting its dominion. One memorable image is of settler's graves being pushed out of the ground as the native flora, some considered extinct, re-appear and re-assert their dominance.

There are two flaws that I see in this novel.
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Inventive but slow to get going. I didn't really like the "biographical" writing style. All in all it was a little disappointing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paradise 27 Jun 2014
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So yeah, we waited 20 freaking years for this. If nothing else, there is not a word out of place. There is not a concept unfounded. It’s Paradise to read it.

For as epic as The Disestablishment of Paradise is, I guess we can all forgive the 20 year hiatus. It might have taken Mann that long to perfect it. For the book is perfect. Find a fault with it and I’ll say the fault is with yourself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing, engrossing, and absorbing 15 Jun 2014
At 500 pages, this book is not a trivial undertaking. However, I was pleasantly surprised: even though it is not an edge-of-the-seat action-adventure, it quickly drew me in and kept my rapt attention. It was not at all uncommon for me to look up and realise that I was 100 pages past the last point when I had checked my progress.

An account of the colonisation of a new planet and that endeavour's eventual failure due to mysterious factors, the book tells the story mainly from the point of view of the head scientist in charge of biological cataloging and research of the planet's bio-forms. Written by a third-person narrator whom the main character has chosen to tell her story, the narrative is compiled from many hours of personal interviews with the protagonist, blended with information from correspondence and numerous other documents relating to events occurring on the planet and to its inhabitants -- both native and those from Earth.

I have to say that the imagination and detail which have gone into the creation of those alien bio-forms is absolutely AMAZING. The author's success in inventing entities which are utterly alien and different from both humans and Earth flora and fauna is impressive -- and the challenge to the characters in the book is to avoid the tendency to try to understand them in humun terms.

During the unravelling of the planet's mysteries, the author has also succeeded in taking the main characters through an emotional progression which more fully develops their personalities and shows a marked, but realistic, growth of character.

If you enjoy character-driven plots populated with imaginative aliens, settings, and events, you might enjoy this book as much as I did.
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