The Ascendant Stars: Book Three of Humanity's Fire Paperback – 2 Aug 2012
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"The invention is endless"-- SFX
Praise for the Humanity's Fire trilogy:
"Proper galaxy-spanning Space Opera ... a worthy addition to the genre" Iain M. Banks"
"The invention is endless" "SFX"
"The invention is endless" "SFX""
Praise for the Humanity's Fire trilogy:
"Proper galaxy-spanning Space Opera ... a worthy addition to the genre" Iain M. Banks" --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
A multi-layered, 21st century take on the classic tropes of space opera by a bold new voice in British science fictionSee all Product Description
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My son suggest this series, so I gave it a go..
Characters seem quite good, with a reasonable mix of types (goodies and baddies) that you can identify with.
The plot is also quite good, and spans a big enough arena to fit in with what one would expect from a 'space opera' as per Peters stories.
There are enough multiple threads that wind through the individual plots to keep you interested.
Michael is obviously a fantasy writer, and this REALLY gets going in this, the 3rd, book!
There are far too many weird names and descriptions used - it's almost as if he needs to use all the letters of the alphabet hundreds of times, and also seems to lean on the types of things from HitcHikers (which Douglas Adams did in order to demonstrate OTT humour and silliness) but Michael tries to use seriously. I fully expected to read about the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal and The Great Green Arkleseizure!
The excessive weirdness and things like clones of clones of clones and levels of levels of levels, for me, both overly complicated the story and got in the way of what could have been a great (rather than, at times, a frustrating) read. There was a feeling that Michael had been to a writers group and was throwing in all the suggestions the groups had mentioned to him.
Obviously each author is different, but Peter F's stories have as much complexity, characters and much more punch and 'I don't want to stop reading this' than Michaels has.
Overall, I'd say - an interesting start but if he concentrated more on KISS and less on including everything including 'the kitchen sink from the Twilight Zone' then he'd have a more punchy and readable story.
I'd give it between a 2.5 and 3 score.
I enjoyed the ideas presented in the book but it could have been much better
As much modern science fiction and space opera does, Humanity's Fire takes the form of multiple viewpoints and weaves 4 or 5 different but connected storylines into one tapestry, the book reviewed here being the summation of that. While many of the features of the series read like a tick box checklist of contemporary writing (weapons of unimaginable power, evil aliens etc.), what seperates Mr Cobley's work from those around him is the innovative way he crafts these - the indiginous Uvovo (who I can't help but thinking of looking a bit like Ewoks) use nature as their power, much like early Studio Ghibli films; similarly the concept of dead universes forming the tiers of hyperspace is refreshing.
As the author's mate Dave says in another review, the human stories here are well written and you do genuinely care about the fate of the various protagonists, something that, say, Stephen Baxter is probably guilty of overlooking - this is not a book where the ideas overshadow the characters.
Amazon are currently offering the whole trilogy for less than £20, and if you frequent charity shops in north London you can get the fisrt book pretty easily for less, so put down the cash and buy this series - you won't regret it.
Too many characters, factions, and, with so many story lines converging in book 3, I was left in a state of general confusion.
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A good read that takes you exactly where you know the story is going, just not by the route you expected.Published 9 months ago by Neil Brown
Needs to be a film it would be amazing! Really great read all of them. Top stuff and really well writtenPublished on 26 Jun. 2014 by Pete