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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (3 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841494283
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841494289
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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DARK SPACE lacks focus, but the colourful characters and sense of scale suggest that the series could develop into something special (TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT)

Dark Space is a rich and vigorous adventure and a promising first instalment (THE AUSTRALIAN)

A complex and exciting novel, almost devoid of cheap sentiment and comfortable vindication. It's not a cheerful read, but it is a very rewarding one . . . de Pierre s' willingness to display the imperfections of her characters is a large part of the appeal of Dark Space; she deftly handles the aspects of bringing characters to life that elude so many space opera writers, simply by making them genuinely human - with all the contradictory drives and motives that implies . . . While a deeply political book, Dark Space is also a very engaging one - the fine characterisation and subtle writing make for a novel which is both exciting and thought-provoking at once . . . It's always a joy to find intelligent and exciting space opera; to find it being written by a woman unafraid to bring her own perspective to a traditionally masculine genre, doubly so. (SCALPEL MAGAZINE)

Dark Space is an exciting adventure with plenty going on to keep you turning the pages. The story is primed to enter uncharted territory at the end of Book One. Marianne has a knack for creating compelling characters in complex realities-the Parish Pless (AUREALIS)

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A compelling new Space Opera series from the acclaimed author of the Parrish Plessis books

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As the Amazon synopsis explains, Jo-Jo Rasterovich - mineral scout and general waster- discovers a god like being on the edge of space called Sole. What is it and what does it want?

This idea caught my interest and so I bought the book. Unfortunately De Pierres focuses the story on Mira - a Baronessa who has the hereditary ability to pilot ships and Trin, the future Principe (King) and his fall from grace. Their stories interlink and make up the majority of the book.

This is a four book series so it is understandable that De Pierres doesn't want to reveal the central idea completely in book one but even so, to focus the story on the two characters above was a wasted opportunity. Neither are at all likeable, both are self-obsessed whiners, Mira especially, who prattles on consistently about how unfair everything is. When the reader can empathise with the main characters a book becomes much more enjoyable but there is no chance of that occurring here.

If the Author had focused on Jo-Jo and the other main character- an academic named Tekon- who has been chosen as one of the select few to interact with Sole then perhaps the book could have been saved, sadly she doesn't.

However, the biggest problem I had with this book is the undertone of sexism towards men. All the male characters are selfish and aggressive monsters, basically scum. Whilst virtually all the women are martyrs: generous, understanding, caring and warm. The idea that either sex is wholly good or bad is laughable and naive but this is one of the author's key themes and it really begins to grate.

Moreover, as a previous reviewer stated, the novel use of language (a form of futuristic Italian) is maddening.

Overall, this was very disappointing and I'll not be picking up the second book : 'Chaos Space' when it comes out.
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The first time I ever heard of Marianne De Pierres was when I picked up this totally bad-ass looking book called Nylon Angel. It was a kind of cyperpunk/sci-fi/urban fantasy mix. I guess that's why she's considered a speculative fiction writer. After reading Nylon Angel, I searched high and low for the other two of the series (Parrish Plessis series) Code Noir, and Crash Deluxe. Hell of a trilogy. One I kept thinking about long after reading.

After reading works from two separate series, and taking a peek at a third of her series (Sharp Shooter under the name Marianne Delacourt) I feel like any book by Marianne De Pierres I pick up is going to be well written, with numerous interesting characters, a variety of character "voices", good dialogue and excellent narration. The book will be interesting with twists, suspense and a sense of ...well being there.

Dark Space is about a three separate people whose lives cross paths; it's also about a entity called Sole, for a lack of any other name. It seems there was this space traveler/partier - kind of a lazy boy who likes to keep his mind rather altered (haha, likes to get high) and on one of this "explorations" comes across this entity - who either saves him or put him in danger in the first place. This entity has no real body, and the result of this discovery is that beings from other planets consider him/she/it a godlike being. This entity - Sole, likes to explore other minds and to do this has convinced people to set up a place to collect beings who want the priviledge of being mind-explored....not always a pleasant experience, and one that leaves them altered, in a way.

The other half of this story is about Tekton, Mira and Trinder. Tekton's story doesn't quite run concurrently with Mira and Trinder's.
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Jo-Jo Rasterovich, a mineral scout, has discovered Sole, an entity with so much power it is simply referred to as god. Sole knows the secrets of knowledge and agrees to share these secrets with the population that makes up the Orion League of Sentient Species (OLOSS). However, it is not for free. Sole agrees to trade this knowledge, but not for just anything: it requires the sentients to show feats of cleverness for such stuff. Representatives from different planets can apply to join the project, with only the most brilliant being accepted. One of these is Tekton, desperately wanting to be the one to gain new knowledge from Sole and willing to go to any length to get it.

Araldis is the home to the Cipriani families. Colonised only a handful of generations ago, it is a dry, unforgiving world with little to offer but its mineral wealth. The technological level of the planet is not high, with only a few of the more advanced technologies being used by the familia that can afford it. The mining operations are run with mechanical technology, principals of which have been around for hundreds of years.

Mira Fedor is a baronessa, descended from the Pilot line with the ability to fly biozoons (biological/AI starships). As she is due to graduate from Studium and take up her birthright as pilot of Insignia, the flag ship of the ruling family, things do not go to plan. Instead of being announced as the Pilot First, it is Trinder Pelligrini, the son of the current Principe, that is given the honour even though he does not possess the ability. Mira flees before her heritage is taken from her and given to Trin, gaining travel back to her home in the dry lands of Araldis through not entirely legal means.
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