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4.0 out of 5 stars Cinematic swash-buckling. Yarr!, 28 Jun 2008
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D. R. Cantrell (London, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Sun of Suns (Virga) (Hardcover)
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
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Anne Paess "'Hedge'" (Wales) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: SUN OF SUNS (Virga) (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
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Raul Leite (Lisbon, Portugal) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: SUN OF SUNS (Virga) (Mass Market Paperback)
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Sky Pirates!, 18 April 2009
This review is from: SUN OF SUNS (Virga) (Mass Market Paperback)
Very enjoyable and very pretty. Set in well thought out steampunkish society living in planet sized balloon, and reminded me very much of Hornblower. Will definitely read the rest of this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow - what an SF world! And what a great adventure plot!, 23 Feb 2008
This review is from: SUN OF SUNS (Virga) (Mass Market Paperback)
Wow. Sun of Suns is the first in a new series by Karl Scroeder and it is a real winner.
Deft plotting and a swashbuckling tale of pirates, treasure hunts and rebellion makes for a very enjoyable narrative. Add a couple of interesting characters with solid motives and you have a really great novel. Thing is this book has even more to it.
The narrative is set in the most inventive and believable new world that ive read in any SF book in a very long time. The world of Virga is a planet sized balloon full of air with no gravity, in which floats forests, rocks and water and all things humans need. Floating towns and cities are huge rotating wheels (creating centrifugal gravity) and the people live amongst them in 360 degree nations. They have nul g ships and jet bikes, flippers for human flight - you name it - the cool stuff is in this book.
Anyways, great plot, characters and world. Really hard SF concepts and premises are juxtaposed beautifully with exciting wars, treasure hunts and dangerous flights. read it - i really don't think you will be disappointed. it should be made into a film - very filmic narrative - great epic adventure. Schroeder is definetely one of my new favourite authors and i'll be checking out his other novels too.
10/10
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