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Firstborn : Time Odyssey series : Sereis 3 Mass Market Paperback – 28 Oct 2008

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 410 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey Books; Reprint edition (28 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345491580
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345491589
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.3 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,414,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

Praise for Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter

Sunstorm

"Clarke and Baxter have mastered the art of saving the world in blockbuster style."
-Entertainment Weekly

"An absolute must for science fiction fans."
-All Things Considered

"Sure to blow your mind."
-BookMarks

Time's Eye

"Wonderfully entertaining . . . a story that engrosses you with its dramatized ideas about the nature of existence."
-Chicago Tribune"
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"A rousing adventure."
-The New York Times Book Review

"A fast and engaging read."
"-"Rocky Mountain News"
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"From the Hardcover edition."

Praise for Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter
Sunstorm
Clarke and Baxter have mastered the art of saving the world in blockbuster style.
Entertainment Weekly
An absolute must for science fiction fans.
All Things Considered
Sure to blow your mind.
BookMarks
Time s Eye
Wonderfully entertaining . . . a story that engrosses you with its dramatized ideas about the nature of existence.
Chicago Tribune"
"
A rousing adventure.
The New York Times Book Review
A fast and engaging read.
" "Rocky Mountain News"
"

"From the Hardcover edition.""

Book Description

Two of the biggest names in SF together again, with the third of the acclaimed Time's Odyssey sequence

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Format: Hardcover
I'd waited a long time for the concluding book in the excellent Time Odyssey trilogy, and wasn't disappointed by it. True to form, Clarke and Baxter's latest collabaration delivers. If sci-fantasy is your thing, this may not be for you, but for fans of pure science-fiction, there is much to make you think. In terms of style, I would say most of the writing is Baxter, but the plot is definitely ACC's broad visionary style. I would say that it is almost essential to have read the previous 2 books in the trilogy first in order to fully appreciate the detail and subtleties. Even though it is the last book in the trilogy, some details and questions remain when you get to the last page, scope for another book? I hope so. In summary, there is much here for the discerning sf reader, an excellent story backed up by good scientific thinking.
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The third of the trilogy where one might expect action against the 'firstborn', but no it appears 'they' are too formidable and we are doomed. What a disappointment after ploughing through three novels!
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Format: Hardcover
The way things are described is great, entirely feasible space elevators, procedures to stop contamination on Mars, orbital physics, light sails... all based on real knowledge. Quite exciting to the last page as doom threatens the planet.

My issue with the book was that it skips around too much. I found it hard to follow where we were being taken within the story and at some points I hadn't a clue what just happened. Maybe thats just me, but some things seemed to happen out of sync and I lost the book a couple of times. I'll be interested to read other reviews and see if people found similar to me.

Overall a good read. It didn't take me too long to finish this one.
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It is so good to say goodnight to Sir Arthur and hello to his chosen successor by reading a trio of his last works that are new to me. This is top stuff. Just download and enjoy. It's the usual vast canvas but the historical context feels very well researched.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Can be a bit confusing at times and you have to concentrate. But excellent plot and characterisation. I loved the idea of the firstborn too. I couldn't fault it. Just what you would expect from these two authors. A shame we won't see any more like this.
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By D. Jones #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Dec. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This third novel binds together the stories weaved in the first two books. The first two novels were largely independent of one other and could be enjoyed separately, but this one will make little sense unless you read the first two.

Having survived the first onslaught of the Firstborn in book two, in this one they have yet another trick up their sleeve in the form of an invulnerable quantum bomb headed straight for Earth. It will take months to arrive so can this be prevented? - This is the crux of the story.

This Q-bomb beastie creates a mini-universe that surrounds the target - which gradually removes the object from this reality. The science of expanding and imploding universes are weaved nicely into the plot lines, as well as other science fiction favourites of space travel, terraforming, anti-matter drives.

The story flips between the years after the Sunstorm of book two and the alternate reality of Mir in book one. This does tend to muddy the plot lines a fair bit which is confusing, but the authors make fair effort to bind it together into a cohesive story line.

The authors give themselves a classic hook into a possible fourth book, but this did weaken the ending considerably I think.

A good read but not outstanding.
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Format: Hardcover
"The Conclusion of A Time Odyssey" is how it is subtitled. The previous two books were superb, with the first being my favourite. This is no doubt a good book, but as I neared the final quarter I feared that no real 'conclusion' would be made. Sadly this is exactly what happened. A weak ending. I am gutted that such a great trilogy came to an end in a rather "Scooby Doo" manner. I never thought I'd say that about a book by these two great authors. I sincerely hope that they pick it back up again and finish it off properly with a fourth book.
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I have been a fan of A. C. Clarke for 40 odd years and S Baxter for 20 odd both are excellent writers individually but together they are awesome. This trilogy is the best Sci-Fi book I have read for many years.
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