Navigator (GOLLANCZ S.F.) Paperback – 26 Jul 2007
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In the world of science fiction/fantasy books, it is fantasy that reigns supreme. While much intelligent, science-based SF is still being written (by such authors as Paul McAuley), hordes of elves, magicians and goblins have long exceeded the more plausible material in terms of sales. There is, thankfully, one exception: Stephen Baxter. He is one of the few intelligent writers still producing massive, fastidiously textured SF epics that flatter rather than insult the intelligence of the reader. As with the very best SF creators, his ideas come thick and fast, and an exhilarating sense of wonder is guaranteed for the reader in any one of his many novels. But what might be called science-based fantasy is also a speciality.
. Navigator is the third book in Baxter's much-acclaimed Times Tapestry sequence, and once again the display of imagination and inventiveness takes the breath away. William the Conqueror's forces are fighting against insuperable odds, when a prophecy is given by a woman in a ruined village describing massive engines of destruction. The clash between civilisations of the East and West in the Mediterranean is reaching apocalyptic levels, and the prophecy of the war engines that will decide the conflict becomes ever more relevant -- which of two religions will win the battle? In the meantime, engineers struggle to bring the fabled machinery into reality.
This is the kind of alternative history that is Baxters métier, and the sheer gusto of his storytelling carries this diffuse narrative along with tremendous panache. --Barry Forshaw
A book that shows off Baxter's considerable skills as a novelist. This is proof that Baxter's at the height of his powers. (Jonathan Wright SFX)See all Product description
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on 11 November 2017
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
great Book Great story. if your into fantasy all these books are well worth reading.
on 31 August 2007
This is the third installment of Baxter's excellent 'Time's Tapestry' series. It is a little less compelling than the second (Conqueror) but still an absorbing and intriguing novel. The premise of the series - which began in ancient Rome and has now reached the time of Columbus - is that meddlers from the future are sending back messages - warnings and prophecies - into the past in order to alter history. Although the SF premise creates an atmosphere similar to that of 'counterfactuals' - such as Kim Stanley Robinson's The Years of Rice and Salt - the main political events in 'Time's Tapestry' seem to be historically accurate, although the possibility of a swerve into alternate history is always present. Although this installment seemed just a bit thin in places it was good to see Baxter ratcheting up the overarching plot and giving us a few more hints about the mechanisms behind the central conceit of implied time travel. Readers should certainly start with the first of the series, Emperor, and if you like 'Time's Tapestry' you will probably also enjoy Baxter's earlier Coalescent.
on 24 April 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
Super story continues, a little more is revealed about the nature of the prophecies in this additional installment of the set of stories, however it's hardly necessary to write more about the wonderful style of Stephen Baxter's novels. It's good and it gets better in the final and closing part to come.