Absorption: Ragnarok 1: Ragnarok v. 1 Hardcover – 20 May 2010
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The universe is dark. And it is alive. Hard SF Space Opera to rival Peter F. Hamilton.
About the Author
John Meaney is the author of To Hold Infinity, Paradox and Context. To Hold Infinity and Paradox were on the BSFA shortlists for Best Novel in 1999 and 2001 respectively. The Times called John Meaney "The first important new sf writer of the 21st century."
Meaney has a degree in physics and computer science, and holds a black belt in Shotokan Karate. He lives in Glamorgan.
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The tension and pace ramp up through the book with hints as to the shape of the coming conflict and glimpses of both hidden capabilities and subtle conspiracies. I found myself genuinely gripped with the fates of various characters and found some of the plot twists both totally unexpected and quite moving.
I don't think I can recommend this highly enough. It's the best opener to a space opera trilogy since The Reality Dysfunction. Bravo!
Absorption is a richly interwoven narrative that navigates time and space with as much ease and style as one of Meaney's legendary Pilots. It immerses you in elegant complexities of character and story and scene, uniting the lives and destinies of beings from far-flung localities in a cause that leaves the familiar limitations of space and time behind, because the enemies of life are not bound by them. Meaney's villains are powerful, mysterious, well-conceived and downright scary in their ability to infiltrate and twist any reality, including our own.
The overall story is necessarily incomplete until the final volume, but Meaney manages to pause each thread in a satisfying place, while also spinning up new ones to whet the reader's appetite for what's to come. And if what's to come is as good as the first book, it's going to be worth waiting for.
The book is well written otherwise and its an interesting read - I have the second volume to continue,
I suspect that both must be read to get the full picture; but my least favourite is the Viking era.
The minor criticisms aside, though, I thoroughly enjoyed `Absorption', I'm looking forward to `Transmission' and, thanks to another reviewer, I'm going to track down a copy of `To Hold Infinity', effectively the prequel to this novel. It's great to see another up-and-coming British SF author with the potential to stand alongside Alastair Reynolds and Iain M. Banks.
A little like Stephen Baxter's wonderful Times Tapestry sequence - although this is all happening in parallel, in both time and (probably) hyperspace - or perhaps (?) hypertime... anyway - some great individual stories, with likeable and well drawn characters, and then the overarching main theme - which you need to read ALL the books to fully understand.
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Full of promise and excitement. By book 3, I lost the will to live.Published 16 months ago by Alastair Blakey
Not good enough to persuade me to buy the next one. Any modern western writer reduced to using 1930s German Nazism as an example of supernatural evil simply lacks imagination and... Read morePublished on 2 July 2014 by Randal
I enjoyed the breadth of this story. It took awhile for me to get into it and once I did I became immersed in it. Excited to start reading the second book......Published on 17 May 2014 by JonK
This was the first John Meaney book that I've read and it will be the last. Being a fan of space operas, I was lured by the reviews. Read morePublished on 19 Mar. 2014 by Ian Morris
I gave up after about 80 pages. Lots of thinly-written, slow-moving threads with forgettable characters set in different times and places. Read morePublished on 4 Mar. 2014 by John W
This book was amazing!!! So inventive and interesting. I loved the different time lines and settings each so different and unique. Fulgor 2603 AD was my favourite. Read morePublished on 10 July 2013 by Booklover
An exciting read with a mysterious enemy and lots of sub plots to keep you happy. A good start to the trilogy.Published on 4 Jun. 2013 by Mr. Mark A. Laborda