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Blue Remembered Earth (Poseidons Children Book 1) by [Reynolds, Alastair]
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Always a terrific adventure (Telegraph)

Alastair Reynolds is a name to watch. Shades of Banks and Gibson with gigatons of originality (Guardian)

A mastersinger of the space opera (The Times)

Reynolds has a galaxy-sized imagination allied to a real story-telling ability (Bernard Cornwell)

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BLUE REMEMBERED EARTH is the first volume in a monumental trilogy tracing the Akinya family across more than ten thousand years of future history...out beyond the solar system, into interstellar space and the dawn of galactic society.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1967 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (19 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006X8GFBQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 133 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,787 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I need to start with a confession: I did not actually finish this book. I gave up just over halfway through. "I am a grownup", I thought, "I don't have to read things i'm not enjoying". And I wasn't enjoying this.

I like Alastair Reynolds, I really do. I loved the Prefect, loved Revelation Space and nearly all of his other books. But this one is so slow. Nothing happens.

Well, that's not quite true. A bit happens. A man looks at some elephant then goes to the moon and finds a glove and goes back home again to look at the elephants. And that takes about 250 pages.

So, nothing really happens, it takes a long time for it not to happen and you don't care about any of the characters. I am hoping that it's just a bad one from Reynolds, but given that it is ominously billed as the first in a trilogy, I fear he is just frantically padding.

A pity.
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Reynolds has always set himself apart from other science fiction authors by widening the scope of the plot to the nth degree, by infusing the setting with richness and depth, and by marbling all of this with awe-inducing science and technology. Akin to Revelation Space and House of Suns, Blue Remembered Earth proves he still has the gift for exhibiting unique ideas, penning an intriguing story, and capturing the imagination of the reader. It's not his best work, but it's definitely the great beginning to a surely great series.

At the end of the year 2161, after sixty years of solitude orbiting the moon, the empress to a solar system-wide company passes away. Her genetic legacy includes one pair of grandchildren, Geoffrey, who studies elephants on the African plains, and Sunday, who pursues sculpture in the Descrutinized Zone on the moon, away from the patrolling omniscient eye of the Mechanism. Controlling the interests in the family company are their cousins Hector and Lucas, who have a frosty relationship with Geoffry and Sunday. Once into 2162, the cousins bride Geoff into travelling to the moon in order to recover the contents of a safe-deposit box once belonging to their wealthy and reclusive grandmother, Eunice. With agreement not to meet his sister when he's on the moon, Geoff breaks this treaty by visiting her enclave in order to unravel the mystery behind the contents of the box: a antique spacesuit glove which holds yet another mystery... colored gems.
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I wonder what the point of reviews is. I like writing them. I know that. Do people read them in order to decide whether to read a book or not? Surely not, otherwise, they may spoil the experience, by coming across spoilers and evaluations. I think if we write a positive review, it is an attempt to express and write down, to record, the pleasure we felt in reading that book. We're grateful and wish for that experience not to be forgotten. If we write a negative review, we feel a bit angry and disappointed. Angry because reading a whole book is not a small commitment, and disappointed because we didn't reach that climax of satisfaction that we always hope to re-experience.

So this is my first negative review. I admit to feeling angry and disappointed, so this is how I shall structure the review.


For some time, Alastair Reynolds has been my favourite author. I've read almost all of his books, and correspondingly loved almost all of them. The first book I read of his was Redemption Arc, and it was to reading what strawpedos are to drinking. It went straight in, no resistance. Every sentence a pleasure, every character interesting, every plot turn a view to behold with delta v enough to provide a thrill. Such was my enjoyment, I didn't waste time, and immediately awarded Alastair favourite author, and went on to read all remaining books.

Some time passed, some excellent books were published, and then came the first of his books that I could not finish. Terminal World. This is not a review of that book, so I wont comment on it, other than to say that not finishing a book is a hard choice to make.
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I always have great hopes when I see a new Alastair Reynolds books coming. To make the review short, recently I have been disappointed. The tendency has become to use a whole book to set up a series, this is not really a stand alone book and as such the length of it is disproportionate to the story it puts across. Also disappointingly it is very simlplistic compared to his earlier works the extent of which is shown in that I guessed most of the plot by 25% in - infuriating to read a book just to "see if you're correct". The book lends itself well to screen play (as does Terminal World) and I am beginning to get suspicions that this is the new aim of the author - not writing for sci-fi readers, but writing for possible future revenue from films. Having been quite negative about it bear in mind that I haven't given any other author recently more that one star reviews, Michael Cobley and Gary Gibson can't even match this low standard. It's worth a read as there is little else out there, but buy secondhand and pay no more than a fiver. I shall buy the rest when they come out in the hope that we return to the quality of the writer's works in the revelation space universe.

**I have just read someone else's comment about the ten book deal....explains the last two books perfectly. Author has sold out, understandably given the money on offer, but hopefully publishers will realise that the pressure means low quality fare and therefore worse sales than expected - I rescind my comment about buying the rest when they come out. My money will be going to other authors who write for the readers. Bye Bye AR - sorry to see you go. Shall return to my good old Many Coloured Land series (Julian May 1980) and Revelation Space re-reads in the meantime.**
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