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Heaven's Shadow Paperback – 15 Jul 2011

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  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Tor (15 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230760317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230760318
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,636,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`A compulsive read... Goyer and Cassutt know their craft well, taking cues from classics like Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Solaris.' --4* review in SciFiNow

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The first in a new near-future science-fiction thriller series --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
It's difficult to talk about this book without spoiling it a little so I will try to keep them to a minimum and not reveal some of the bigger twists that come later in the book. The synopsis gives away one of the main twists, but it comes early in the story so it's not too bad. Heaven's Shadow is written by David Goyer and Michael Cassutt who are both well respected TV and screenplay writers. Goyer worked on all three Blade movies and the TV series, both Nolan Batman movies and he's also a well known comic book fan who has written for DC. I'm less familiar with Cassutt, but from looking at a list of his work I have probably watched episodes of Eerie, Indiana and The Outer Limits that he penned. So the calibre of the writers is not in question and the idea is the sort of high concept that gets Hollywood folk excited. In fact, the movie rights for this trilogy have already been snapped up and optioned already. With all of that in the back of my mind I was expecting something quite remarkable and for the most part I was let down, not by the ideas, but the execution.

I read an advanced reading copy and this version of the book clocks in at a little over 560 pages, so the final version might change a little. However, I think you could cut 200 or more pages from this book and it would not have affected the story at all. In my opinion it would have made it much better, cleaner and sharper. Most of the time the story reads like a screenplay anyway. The chapters are short and punchy. The dialogue is fragmented and is exactly how people speak in real life. The description is light which helps the plot move along at a good pace.
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It's not phenomenal, but it's very fast-paced! The short chapters and variety of viewpoints (some a bit surprising!) drive the novel along. It's a page turner, but the ideas are intriguing at times -- kind of Neal Stephenson Lite. The characters are fairly well-created, though a few of the emotional issues are glossed over. And, yes, it does owe a lot to some classic sci-fi novels, but it does stand on its own.

Beware, though -- it ends on a bit of a cliffhanger leading into a sequel.
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By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 July 2011
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If you love a space story that has mankind uncovering ancient technology far in advance of our own, then this is going to be a book for you. The concept is stark in its simplicity and to be honest its more about the evolution of mankind's morals than anything else, especially when you realise that in some ways, this ancient space hulk is, in certain respects, a test to see if mankind is worthy.

Add to this some spartanesque prose, a decent pace and a whole host of imaginative scenario's to help the reader imagine the ship in all its Technicolor glory. Whilst this book does have some flaws such as the characters being fairly flat, this does feel fairly movie like in its explanations (which could be because David wrote some crackers such as The Unborn, The Dark Knight etc.) as well as portrayal and as such if you want something that feels part Event Horizon as well as part Solaris, this could well be the book for you.
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I took this book on holiday. Being a big fan of Clarkian Sf I was intrigued by Robert Sawyer's comments on the sleeve and dove in. Page after page went by and page after page I wanted it to get better.

The themes are here; big dumb object, science far in advance of ours, the nature of religion, our place in the universe etc... But there was a lack of anything really imaginitive - I've read and seen it all before. The writing though workmanlike, often felt flat and leaden, the charaters were dull.

No. Avoid this book and dust of Rama and read it again, read Eon, Ringworld, Orbitsville.
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I don't normally read scifi but saw this on a daily deal, it sounded good so I bought it. Really enjoyed it, more than I expected, gripping story one of those I could not wait to find out what would happen next. It is well written and goes along at a good pace, really pulled me in. I didn't realise there was a sequel until the end which is a bit annoying as it is way more than I want to pay for a kindle book. I have added it to my wishlist and may buy at some point, would be nice to know what happens next
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After reading the description, I expected a story similar to that of The Eternity Artifact or Eon (S.F. Masterworks). Sadly, that is not the case. The story is shallow, stereotypical and boring. The first half at least; I couldn't make myself to read the rest of it.

Someone with less sci-fi literacy would probably find this book good, or even exceptional. Good for those. Everyone else, please skip this book and read one of those I mention above.
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A great page turner, the story has good pace and the characters are all believable.
Some of the language becomes a bit confused and unnecessary as often found with Sci-Fi books but it wasn't too bad. There are an unbelievable amount of 'typos' in this book - the author may not have had it copy edited - who knows. However, an easy and enjoyable read - I would like to see a Heaven's Shadow 2 come out.
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