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The Dark Between the Stars (Saga of Shadows) Hardcover – 3 Jun 2014

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (3 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076533299X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765332998
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 851,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kevin J. Anderson is the author of more than 120 books, 52 of which have appeared on national or international bestseller lists; he has over 23 million copies in print in thirty languages. He has won or been nominated for the Nebula Award, Bram Stoker Award, The Faust Award, the SFX Reader's Choice Award, the Scribe Award, and New York Times Notable Book.

Kevin has co-authored thirteen books in the Dune saga, including "Mentats of Dune "and "Sisterhood of Dune, " with Brian Herbert, in addition to the Hellhole Trilogy. Kevin's epic science fiction series, The Saga of Seven Suns, is a 7-volume opus that topped international bestseller lists.


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Format: Paperback
A rollercoaster adventure in the universe of the 7 suns... but unfortunately so riddled with inconsistencies and errors that it spoils the whole thing.

Even stranger is that I don't recall noticing such blatant errors in the saga of the 7 suns.... so what happened here?

I have been a die hard sci-fi fan for 3 decades, and I have nothing against introducing fantastic technologies, alien cultures and changing the rules. But for heaven's sake be consistent ! Or have a high school physics teacher read your manuscripts before publishing them !

One of the characters flies his spaceship near the L5 point after the moon has been blown to bits... but L points are defined by the earth-moon interaction so no moon , no L5 point !!!

Oh by the way and the only described effect of blowing up the moon is on the tides and a few meteoritic bombardment....Actually if the moon was suddenly destroyed the orbit of the earth would be affected in a catastrophic way....think of a massive extinction event - except bigger.

And if your spaceships have antigravity then remember that pilots are not "pushed back in their chairs" by acceleration... The point of antigravity being that you don't feel acceleration !

And so on ad nauseam....
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Although it took me a while to get into it I really liked the Saga of the Seven Suns. This is a worthy sequel, revisiting characters and places from the original series and adding some interesting new ones. Rattles along nicely and I look forward to reading the next installment.
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I missed the characters so for me this was mana from heaven,,,, Ok LOL yer a bit strong but i did enjoy the first Saga immensely .,,,,,so its great to be back in the Galaxy and coming across old and new foes . Ive always felt a connection with how Mr Anderson creates his people ,some reviews ive read are less kind to the plot line and fulfilment of depth of characters. So for me ive already pre-perchased my next installment ,i guess im a sucker for a saga ,Julian May are you still alive if so get chatting to Mr A.
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I read the original 7 suns saga some years ago and had forgotten just how good a writer Anderson is. Normally I'm not a fan of the "save the galaxy" type of SF however Anderson both tells it as a Human story, building his characters and has a writing style that keeps you turning the pages. If you have not read the original 7 suns set you might want to do this first. Whilst not essential this continues with many of the same characters.
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OMG.

Just as I thought I had managed to recover from the Seven Suns Universe I find this book.

Just like Dave Bowman in Arthur C Clark's 2001 Space Odyssey as he floated over the Monolith orbiting Jupiter, he said "its full of stars". When I looked at this cover I thought Seven Suns universe and like Dave as soon as I started I was drawn in, with no chance of escape.

Unlike Dave he experienced a totally baffling experience, but for me, it was like putting on a well worn comfortable leather jacket and the more I read the more comfortable it became.

As each chapter unfolded there was just enough to aid memory to bring the original back into full focus. It was as if I had never been away.

The characters are all there and the hidden menace is not coming from a single direction. So much going on and each page drives the excitement further and further.

I am now at that point in the book where I have to limit my reading time to as short as I can bear, due to the fact that unlike SSU where I found it after it was all written and could indulge myself in reading one book after another. Today I am aware that the second instalment, although written, is not yet available. So I am left with the dilemma of reading full bore, as the excitement dictates, or savouring each page hoping that book two will be released just as I get to the end of this one.

KJA has never let me down and this exceeds all expectations. I hope he spends many hours walking and dictating so that the third volume can get to me before the withdrawal symptoms kick in!!
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Format: Audio CD
From my experience Opera should be left to fans of the art form, or BBC4. However, there is one sort of opera that I will take notice of, the Space Opera – a term that encompasses science fiction on an epic scale e.g. Dune. Starting an all-new Space Opera is a daunting task for both reader and writer. In ‘The Dark Between the Stars’, Kevin J Anderson not only had to create new worlds full of interesting characters, but we the reader have to get our head around all the concepts at once. Therefore, having the story told from the point of view of up to twenty different people is probably not the wisest thing to do.

‘Dark’ is book one of a new saga set in the Spiral Arm, a science fiction universe shattered by war and looking to rebuild relationships. The disparate groups are starting to rebuild alliances, but old fears are hard to quell and a new threat is on the horizon. Follow space travellers, scientists, entrepreneurs, royalty and many others as they tell their own story and that of ‘The Saga of the Shadows’.

I am all for a science fiction universe to be rich in content and vivid in scope, but there is detail and there is extraneous detail. Anderson is a stalwart of the science fiction genre, but he often works within the confines of already established universes e.g. ‘Dune’, ‘The X Files’. Here he is given open reign to create something from scratch and it feels like he has taken all the ideas he had as a frustrated tie in novelist and crammed them into one story.

Ambition should not be discouraged, but it should be handled carefully. ‘Dark’ is a massive book and in turn a very long audio book. Each chapter starts with a different characters name and the following 20 minutes or so tells their story.
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