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Confluence - The Trilogy: Child of the River, Ancients of Days, Shrine of Stars by [McAuley, Paul]
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A marvellously sustained cosmogonic romance of the far future - where whole galaxies engage in Stapledonian dances at the behest of the trans-human Preservers. (John Clute SF WEEKLY)

So many unique and original ideas that it easily bears comparison with many of the greatest settings of fantasy and SF . . . Well-written and expertly told . . . May well be destined to become a classic. (SFX)

A genre-bender combining the plausibility of hard sci-fi with classic fantasy themes . . . McAuley has it both ways, exploiting narrative archetypes while maintaining an air of modernity. (THE GUARDIAN)

Full of beauty, wisdom, humanity, and grace; it is a travelogue of man's destiny, and reading it made me gladder to be alive. (Stephen Baxter)

A lusciously scenic quest for the past in an artificial post-human world, resulting in revelations 10 millions years deep. (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

A superb, wholly engaging story told by a talented and influential writer. (EXPRESS ON SUNDAY)

This is a trilogy you will want pinned to the board. This is magic. (INTERZONE)

A powerful epic that could be one of the most important in recent SF. (LOCUS)

Rich, challenging, and inventive, with a satisfying complexity. (KIRKUS REVIEWS)

Exciting . . . colorful . . . highly entertaining and beautifully written, full of exotic settings, unusual characters, nuggets of scientific speculation and a healthy dose of decadence. McAuley is one of the field's finest writers and here he is writing at the top of his form. (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY)

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A classic trilogy from a PHILIP K. DICK and ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD-winning author, now available in omnibus form.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2978 KB
  • Print Length: 944 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (20 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FYUM5QI
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #250,630 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I've never read Paul McAuley before. Now I suppose I'll have to read everything he's done.
Imagine Wolfe's Book of the New Sun meets Vance's Dying Earth on Farmer's Riverworld
and you'll get the flavour of it.
Great value with this omnibus trilogy as well.
No need to comment on the plot here. Suffice to say if you enjoy the work of any of the
above mentioned authors, this will not disappoint.
I'm sure there are plenty of rave reviews of the stand alone books, but if you found this
page before them as I did, look no further.
An awesome, detailed, well written, totally involving far future vision.
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Confluence, or The River is an artifact in space outside of the Milky Way Galaxy. It was created by The Builders and a bit like Ringworld the occupants have fallen on hard times and since forgotten the scientific nature of their world. Although they are aware of it's place in the universe. The story starts well with a young man, found on the river as a baby, who seeks his true parents. The reader explores the towns along the river and some of the under structure is revealed. But the tale is a bit slow, and there is a lot of talking and not a lot of action. When conflict does arose it does not feel that exciting, and it takes a long time for our hero to get on with finding his parents or ancestors.
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I've really enjoyed Paul McAuley's other books and short stories but this was a real drag. Basically it's an interminably long-drawn-out shaggy dog story, padded with repetitive episodes (oh great, another bustling exotic market scene, zzz...)and tiresome mumbo-jumbo that drowns the core of the tale in flabby verbiage. There is no structural reason for this to be a "trilogy", it's just that nobody could be bothered editing it down to a sensible length. If you're new to McAuley, don't buy this - buy any of his other books as they will demonstrate his talents far better than this one. And if you're a fan of McAuley's other books, don't waste your time and money on this one. Life's too short, and McAuley deserves for his reputation to remain untarnished by this dismal aberration.
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I love this trilogy and have been waiting years for it to be on Kindle. It is a complex story that works on many levels. Seen one way, it is a fantasy style but soon opens up in to a fascinating technological adventure. The rich descriptions of the arc world Confluence capture your attention evoking strong images but always adding to the story, never detracting.
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In some respects its a little like the classic Ringworld books but lacks the pace. Everything in the book is big, timescales are in millenniums everything is pan-galatic. The exception is the characters which are not that full - they are more sketchy in fact. I completed the trilogy I think mainly out of principle more than I really cared about what multi-universe pan-galatic finale came at the end.
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