- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 135 KB
- Print Length: 38 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Cantrell Media Company (28 Aug. 2010)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0041846M0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #246,293 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Epoch Index Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
I am very glad I did! Quite simply, this is one of the best short stories/novellas I have ever read.
The shorter novella format can bring an intensity to a story that just cannot be maintained for the course of a full length novel. This story is most definitely very intense.
The author grabs your attention in the opening pages and quite literally does not let you go until the last word.
The story is set in the near future and is part detective thriller, a little bit of techno-thriller and a little bit of science-fiction and it all works very nicely indeed!
Although only briefly described, I found the authors version of a mostly nuclear free world enlightening and even slightly hopeful. It certainly made a refreshing change to the post-apocalyptic world that is much more common science-fiction theme.
Character development is surprisingly good for such a short story, but it is the intensity of the plot that is the real winner. It really is relentless page turning material!
There is also an ingenious twist that I honestly didn't see coming that actually had me gasping out loud in shock at the revelation - superbly done!
The presentation on the Kindle is absolutely perfect with no errors whatsoever as far as I could see. Also, the cover art is provided and works nicely in black and white on the Kindle. It's a minor point I know, but I do get annoyed when e-books don't have the cover picture.Read more ›
This is a great novella. The situation is interesting; there are infodumps but these are well handled; the author knows when to go into geeky detail and when not to. The story crackles along and contains some great ideas.
What are you waiting for?
My first by this author and I am keen to read more.
It's an absorbing read, and the sometimes lengthy descriptions of technology that Cantrell seems so fond of do actually work well in this story, immersing you into the world and satisfying any issues my mind might have raised had things gone unexplained.
Recommended for a good flick through.
If this sort of sci-fi (computer science, nanotechnology, etc) is your thing then you really cannot go wrong with Neal Stephenson. This little book, while fun to read, just served to remind me how good Snow Crash and The Diamond Age really are. In fact some of the ideas in the former are so close to those in the Epoch Index that it makes me wonder if that's where he lifted them from (right down to the molecule-thick knife blade...).
Having said that I will read more by this author to see if the potential is realized.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had read Containment as it was a free download. I enjoyed that so I bought this book on the back of it (I forget why I chose this one in particular). Read morePublished 14 months ago by j r snow
Please can we have more of this! I couldn't believe it when it suddenly finished and I was left hanging on a cliff edge. Loved it.Published on 17 April 2014 by Elmamaria
An interesting story, cleverly written.
But it feels incomplete, as if it had been arbitrarily cut short. Read more
A wonderful novella, well paced with an excellent ending. I cannot recommend it highly enough to all fans of speculative fiction and sci fi.Published on 18 Nov. 2012 by Chandelier
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