Great Sky River (Galactic Center) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Aug 2004
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Most pleasing is the evolution of Killeen, who grows into a leader after the beloved natural leader, Fanny, is killed and he is forced to confront what has become of her as well as the desperate leader of a separate band who is willing to submit to machine domination like a pet. Also very fun in this is the adaptation of humans to certain machine technologies, including exchangeable chips that are recorded from fatally wounded humans, who have their particular skills or perspectives. It adds up to an interesting society with exceptional survival skills that gains its release from the planet for the next set of adventures.
Unfortunately, this is the high point of the series, with 3 more much less successful volumes to follow. I was riveted by this adventure story, by the many clues regarding the grand design of what is going on with humanity, and the tantalizing reference to Nigel Walmsley, who does not appear in this volume and is presumed dead.
Recommended with enthusiasm.
This is an impressive piece of science fiction; full of fresh ideas and complex plots and at the same time displays a less-then-perfect view of the future of mankind. Here on Snowglade man is not the conqueror and his entire species is caught up in events far larger than the Bishop family can even begin to imagine.
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One of the important things to know about this book is that it is a challenging read. The story is told entirely from the very limited perspective of the protagonist. His perceptions form the boundary of the reader's understanding of the world he is in and what is happening. Therefore, the reader must piece together the "real" story from the bits and pieces that can be assembled. This technique is fairly typical of serious literature, but rarer in the more commercial/popular field of science fiction.
There is almost no exposition at all. One example of this is that the planet the book is set on is apparently in orbit a sun, that in turn is in around a black hole. This is never explicitly stated as such, however, and the reader must figure this out through the subjective descriptions, using the very specific proper-nouns the characters employ. In many cases, events take place that the reader has a hard time piecing together, due to the very limited viewpoint of the character.
That, plus the fairly "literary" use of language makes this book quite a challenging read. I put it down after the first 50 pages, not yet drawn in to the rich world that is actually waiting withing the book.
Great Sky River isn't perfect. Some of the characters are a bit shallow, some of the language is too florid and metaphoric (especially the love scene! blech!). But that shouldn't stop you at all from reading this, if you are looking for science fiction with some serious literary aspirations. And giant robots.
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