- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Orbit (2 July 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0356500993
- ISBN-13: 978-0356500997
- Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 3 x 22.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 487,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Neptune's Brood (Freyaverse) Hardcover – 2 Jul 2013
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Stross is on great form . . . a thoroughly entertaining sci-fi mind-expander from one of the genre's most reliable imaginations (SFX)
A dizzying ride featuring piratical insurance underwriters, a murderous robot zombie rampage and a crash course in interstellar economics (SUN)
Neptune's Brood is a brand new space opera from science fiction legend Charles Stross. Shortlisted for the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel and the Hugo Award for Best Novel.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
This is the case with iron sunrise, the whole laundry series. We get to about 95% of the way through and then it is finished in a 1, 2, 3, often a deus ex machina.
I like Stross' work, but like Iain Banks, I think his work rate is undermining the quality control. I'd like to see him get back to the heights of Glasshouse and Accelerando.
Adequate, but I should have waited until it came out in paper-back.
The robots are “humans”, but not the old-fashioned “fragile” variety: those keep going extinct. These new improved less-fragile people still have many of the same issues, though, only with longer lives and stronger more malleable bodies for those issues to play out in.
The main thrust of the book, leavened by many delicious little scenes of utter madness, is how to run a currency across interstellar space when there is only slower-than-light travel, and the scams that can be played as a result. That might sound potentially dull, but remember, this is Stross. The complex plot weaves several threads skilfully together, until the final denouement where all becomes clear (and Stross again subverts Weber).
Good fun, with some deep ideas, and I gave it my vote for the Hugo this year.
Stross writes so well, with humour mixed in with electrifying pace... Don't forget to breathe in at the end of each chapter! He sprinkles gems along the way: "... please take the glue-gun kit and proceed to Mausoleum Companionway Three...", "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that every interstellar colony in search of good fortune must be in need of a banker.", "Death is really no more than the voluntary liquidation of an economy of microscopic free agents, the redemption of the debt of structured life." and my favourite, "The difference between merchant banking and barefaced piracy is slimmer than most people imagine."
And now I think about it I was foolish to scoff at that possible career in accountancy and banking....
It is several thousand years in the future. Humanity has become extinct - and been recreated - several times. Taking our place is a flourishing society of post-humans, originally robots created to do our bidding (as described in "Saturn's Children"). They are tougher than us, better able to survive the rigours of interplanetary travel and able to be transferred, as software, from one body to another. Yet their design was originally based on ours, and they share all our failings and feelings (subject, of course, to the effects of a tweak here or there to increase empathy or decrease libido - the better to focus on the task in hand).
Krina Alizond and her kind inhabit a society that is enthusiastically colonizing the galaxy, establishing toeholds in remote systems where "beacons" are constructed to which colonists can be "beamed" and downloaded into freshly grown bodies. it's a lucrative trade, financed by massive debt, and Stross goes to some lengths to explain the economic basis of the whole thing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was really enjoying this book until the end, I do not know if the author just got fed up or was onto something else but 98% of the book had lots of detail, characters plots etc and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lendrak
I preferred this to saturns children. I do not want to say why but the background concepts are both interesting and hilarious.Published 8 months ago by RattyBunyip
The ending is sharp and succinct but satisfying. I really like the way Charles Stross can write in so many science fiction genres and still pull it off :)Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not sure if this should be 3 or 4 stars...
A good story and worth a read.
My only gripes (here's but 1) are that some of the economic explanations are repeated... Read more
A thrilling tale of intrigue, betrayal and interstellar accountancy, Neptune’s Brood mixes hard science, pulp plotting and economics of space travel with reckless abandon. Read morePublished on 18 May 2015 by Dan Van Heeswyk
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