Empress of Eternity Hardcover – 5 Nov 2010
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Praise for L . E. Modesitt, Jr.: "Satisfying from a science-fictional perspective, with its discussions of Hawking-effect displacements and intergalactic conflict, from a conceptual perspective as the reader must follow complicated reasoning processes, and from a literary perspective as Modesitt reaches a new stage in the intertwining of plot and character."--"SFRA Review" on "The Elysium Commission ""Modesitt's prose is lively, and there's enough sense of wonder here to satisfy even the most jaded.... A must-read for Modesitt fans, as well as those of Jack McDevitt and Arthur C . Clarke."-"Kirkus Reviews," starred review on "The Eternity Artifact"
About the Author
L. E. Modesitt, Jr., is the bestselling author of the fantasy series The Saga of Recluce, Corean Chronicles, and the Imager Portfolio. His science fiction includes "Adiamante," the Ecolitan novels, the Forever Hero Trilogy, and "Archform: Beauty." Besides a writer, Modesitt has been a U.S. Navy pilot, a director of research for a political campaign, legislative assistant and staff director for a U.S. Congressman, Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues, and a college lecturer. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.
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They are all trying to discover the function and purpose of the bridge. It was built by an ancient race of humans, who have long since moved on or managed to annihilate themselves, and there is nothing left of them except this bridge which shows they must have been technological juggernauts. One timeline is facing global warming, another global cooling, that threaten the earth's population. Each timeline is facing some sort of corrupt government.
The book is slow, filled with techno-jargon, (actually three different sets of techno-jargon, one for each time period) that makes it difficult to understand or keep up with. The relationships are odd, and there is characterization that is never fleshed out, making what could be compelling characters seem one dimensional.
The book is a jumble. Unless you're really into cause/effect time paradox stuff, REALLY into it, then you should skip this one.
I did find some of the minor editing problems with the Kindle edition were annoying enough to interrupt the flow of reading the story. Certain common words were split into multiple different words that just didn't make sense; for example when Maertyn is working on the politically hot issue of budget allocations, the subject is split into the two words "bud" and "get"; similarly "independent" became "in" "de" "pen" "dent" later in the story.
My 5 star review is based on the story content, not on the minor editing flaws (I guess they're not so minor when they distract me from reading the story!)
I liked this book more then Haze, it kind of has "Rendezvous with Rama" feel to it of trying to figure out the functioning of an million years old artifact beyond anyone understanding.
The politics part of the book is written in typical Modesit's style of the protagonists trying to fight their way though organizations where dirty tricks, waste and corruption are taking hold, although this part of the book is mostly confined to the Unity of Caelaar storyline, while the in-politics of the other two civilizations is less fleshed out.