Ashes of Candesce (Virga) Hardcover – 12 Mar 2012
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Praise for "Queen of Candesce: " "Comparable to classic SF epics like John Varley's Gaean trilogy and Jack L. Chalker's Well of Souls series, Schroeder's saga is an awe-inspiring example of masterful world-building. A myriad of themes, from rogue artificial intelligences to the evolution of human bodies and culture, make this futuristic epic one to reckon with.""--Publishers Weekly" "Schroeder's world-building continues to be fascinating, and the intrigue among inbred nations thrown into confusion by an outsider keeps the pace at a satisfying clip."
""Schroeder's world-building, storytelling, and character-drawing chops seem strong enough to given even Known Space run for its money."
"--Locus"" "Praise for" Sun of Suns: " "A fantastically alchemical tale set in a strange yet utterly real world. Hayden is a complex and well-developed protagonist and Schroeder is an amazingly detailed writer whose world-building is superb." --"RT Book Reviews" "Schroeder has accom
About the Author
Karl Schroeder lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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My only regret, apart from the fact that there are no more volumes, is that nobody AFAIK has produced an index or Wikia to help one follow all the threads of one of the most complex SF stories written. For example, I realised at the end that I had no idea what had happened to Eustace Loll. Perhaps some fans could be encouraged to produce something.
I'd *like* to read it, I really would, but I do all my reading on my Kindle these days. It may surprise you to know that it's available in the US on Kindle, but don't try and look there from a UK IP address - Amazon hides that fact from you (why so sneaky, Amazon?). If you have Tunnel Bear or another proxy/VPN based in the States you can see it, though. Sadly you still can't buy it if you (and your Kindle) are registered as being in the UK.
Given this is a new publication, I can't comprehend why this isn't available as an ebook too. Two stars, and it would have been one if the first four books hadn't been so damned good.
[Note: if/when Ashes of Candesce appears as an ebook on these benighted shores, I'll happily amend this review. Until then, sorry Karl - but you really need to have a word with your publishers. If necessary using a stout stick.]