- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Tor (7 Jun. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0230748783
- ISBN-13: 978-0230748781
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 836,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Thousand Emperors (Final Days 2) Hardcover – 7 Jun 2012
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Praise for Gary Gibson:
‘Relentlessly gripping adventure’The Times
‘To be considered alongside the leading triumvirate of British hard SF writers: Al Reynolds, Peter Hamilton, and Neal Asher’Guardian
‘Gibson has certainly proved himself a name to watch' SFX
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Top Customer Reviews
Things that tickled my imagination in Final Days was the Founder Network and i was curious the know more of them, which i did, but not enough, so please Mr. Gibson, i need one or more book heavy on Founders stuff. I got sucked in the plot, kept me guessing almost to end, just right amount of twist and turns.
World building was good and keeping mind that this is only 350 or so pages, that's something, you don't necessary need 1000 + pages like Peter F. Hamilton and hundreds of characters to make it work, though Hamilton is still master at epic-sci-fi.
Style of writing in sci-fi tends to be sometimes heavy on technobabble side and all those fancy future stuff overshadow story and characters, for example like in The Quantum Thief, not in Gibson writing, you get your tech stuff, but they serve the story.
There are some loose ends, like Inimicals and once again Founder Network get's only teasing, come on! I need my Founder trilogy or something! All the Lovecraftian glimpses of ancient aliens got me going so there is no excuse to not to tell more. Fine book, and i really need to read Shoal trilogy
The Thousand Emperors is set a few centuries after the events of Final Days. Earth is now dead and humanity's survivors are scattered across the Galaxy on planets once connected by a network of wormholes but now split into two civilisations, the Coalition and Tian Di, where the novel is mostly set. The Tian Di empire broke free of the Coalition and severed all connecting wormholes, choosing to be ruled by a council of a thousand - the thousand emperors of the title. In truth, power rests on the the shoulders of far fewer near immortal individuals, the Temur Council of 85, led by Father Cheng. These are interesting times. Reunification with the Coalition is at last a real possibility, a connecting wormhole is being prepared. However, after centuries of indolence, the Tian Di is ripe for revolt again, but this time from within.
The rebellious force Black Lotus picks for its weapon Luc Gabion, an archivist who is seized by the leading rebel who inserts into his brain some kind of advanced technology which gives him the power to see visions and hear things he shouldn't.Read more ›
His style reminds me a lot of Dan Brown; but then Dan Brown has done all right for himself so who is to say Gary Gibson won't do well? Only time will tell.
This novel is set in the same "Final Days" universe as Gibson's previous novel, but is entirely self-contained. It's essentially a detective story set several centuries from now, where the protagonist, Luc Gabion, gets involved in a web of intrigue in the upper echelons of his civilisation, the "Tian Di" as it prepares to reunite with the Posthuman Coalition after decades of isolation- brought about by the severing of the wormhole connections between the two.
The plot is constantly engaging and gripping, building up to a satisfying conclusion. Each of the characters is well-drawn and believable. Apart from the protagonist, they aren't all that likeable, but nevertheless I enjoyed their web of politics and in-fighting.
The only problem (and it is a minor one) was the subplot revolving around the spy Jacob Moreland, who inflitrates the Coalition on behalf of the Tian Di. His story was the only part of the novel that didn't follow Luc's investigation, and it didn't really go anywhere in the end, despite a bit of buildup.
Apart from that though, a very good scifi novel, and highly recommended for any Gibson fans, as well as any other fans of science fiction.
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Very quick delivery and my husband loves it as he has all the booksPublished 11 months ago by D. Gardner
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Thought provoking a story about stagnation v change. Life beyond death death beyond life an epic story
I really enjoyed reading this story. It is a good follow on to Final Days. Lots of opportunities for further stories.Published on 6 Jun. 2013 by hellooooooooo