Ice and Fire: Chung Kuo Series Paperback – 1 Dec 2012
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"Imagine a collaboration between James Clavell and Frank Herbert and the result might be something very much like Chung Kuo . . . smart, involving, entertaining." "--San Francisco Chronicle"
"One of the masterpieces of the decade." "--Washington Post"
"The achievement of a master world-builder." " --Omni"
"Wingrove has a way of creating rich characters with just a few deft strokes of his pen, each of the major players coming across as reassuringly solid with an air of realism." --SF Book Reviews
About the Author
David Wingrove is the Hugo Award-winning co-author (with Brian Aldiss) of The Trillion Year Spree: The History of Science Fiction. He is also the co-author of the first three MYST books - novelisations of one of the world's bestselling computer games. He lives in north London with his wife and four daughters.
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great concepts innovative and exciting and scary on what the future of resource starved world and pollution covered could look like while looking at space and tradition...
interesting characterisation of people's and outlooks, occasionally a bit stereotypical but it works when there are the odd maverick to mix it up a bit.
Ice and Fire is the fourth volume in the 'new' version of the Chung Kuo series, picking up shortly after the events of The Middle Kingdom. As well as being a continuation of that novel (understandably, as Ice and Fire was originally published in 1988 as part of the original Middle Kingdom), it also contains a number of self-contained character and story arcs standing against the epic events unfolding from previously.
If Ice and Fire does have a self-contained theme, it's the hope of the young to bring a brighter future than what their elders have achieved, only for that hope to be eroded by cynicism and, in some cases, cruelty. The novel focuses on characters such as Li Yuan, the heir of one of the T'angs, who hopes to be an intelligent and fair ruler but is distracted by his love for his murdered brother's widow. Ben Shepherd is a highly intelligent, gifted artist who is also ruthlessly intelligent and able to see what others cannot. Kim Ward is a young boy from the Clay, the darkest, lowest levels of the world city, who has shown an aptitude for science and engineering. However, Kim has also discovered the Aristotle File, a document which exposes the lie that Chung Kuo is built upon.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i have the original set of chung-kuo and thought seriously about buying the new versions but they are very good.one drawback is knowing which are the originals and which new.Published on 23 Feb. 2013 by russel brown
In summary, don't be drawn in by the quality of books 1 and 2, as they stand apart from what I have read of the original books. Read morePublished on 2 Jan. 2013 by M. P