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Uplift: The Complete Original Trilogy (Uplift Omnibus Book 1) by [Brin, David]
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4.1 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in Uplift Omnibus (2 Book Series)

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His best stories surge forward with tremendous energy, each one avid to find some extrapolated consequence of its premise which will startle and challenge the reader (INTERZONE)

The Uplift books are as compulsive reading as anything ever published in the genre (THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE FICTION)

Brin's storytelling abilites come to the fore in THE UPLIFT WAR. He handles a large cast extremely well, and the course of the war is laid out to make a thrilling, nail-biting storyline that moves at neckbreak speed (VECTOR)

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The first three books in David Brin's award-winning classic science fiction series, the Uplift novels, in omnibus format for the first time

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2601 KB
  • Print Length: 1217 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (6 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009EA355E
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,244 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is my first book review. I'm 68 and have been reading for entertainment since I was 8 years old (continuously). SciFi is my favourite genre because the only limitation is the authors imagination. David brin has no limits on his imagination. This book is, without doubt, one of the better reads I have enjoyed. The characterisation is great. The story line is great. The scope is great. I really enjoyed this book and have just bought the second trilogy. Definitely recommended for SciFi fans.
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Brin's universe is truly interesting - a great concept, that of course puts the upstart race of man in a precarious position, but still admired for our tenacity and uniqueness.

He plays his stories with a light touch. Most novels with this level of grandeur in their setup weave epic, universe spanning tales. They usually take in some level of fundamental, ground shaking revelation with a reach that touches everything and every race caught up in the events - leaving you reeling in the scope of the story.

Instead, Brin downplays the rich backdrop in favour of a vignette set inside that alternative universe - a little like an episode of a TV show, rather than the spectacle of a movie. Each of the three novels in here focuses on one small event, told at a gentle pace. It's partly genius and partly disappointing - perhaps I've been primed by Baxter, Reynolds and Banks to expect rollercoaster-paced all encompassing plotting and now I _need_ that scale of narrative and universe wide upheaval. Perhaps that's why I was left a little flat by Uplift.

The sense of scale and the vastness of the event's effects are left implicit, hinted at, but never spoken aloud. The ramifications of novel's events happen in the space in between the books, they are played out as the reasons behind each of these three novels, but never experienced. This has a power all of its own, I imagine that the idea is to leave you with the feeling that everything is embedded in something bigger, something you don't fully understand, and through your own imagination filling in the blanks, it becomes even larger, even richer.

Sadly for me, that wasn't the feeling I got reading Uplift.
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This is a more intelligent space opera than most.
It is exciting, has an excellent background realisation, imaginative aliens and good plots.
If you like this sort of thing, this is a good one.
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Having struggled just to get to the end of `Existence', some aberrant force of nature made me buy this monstrous tome in the misguided hope that perhaps Brinn deserved another chance.

The central concept of uplift is original and in another author's hands it could have given rise to an exceptional story. The Brinn treatment, however, was the kiss of death. Just like `Existence', this enormous volume (1200 pages of small print) is unbelievably slow and disjointed but I struggled on manfully through the first book hoping beyond reason that it might gather some pace. It didn't. The admittedly original and imaginative ideas just got bogged-down in a quagmire of rambling, superfluous packing. Adding to that the bizarre lack of full stops and sloppy grammar I really should have learnt my lesson but, nope, I waded into the second book. Oh dear. Silly me. The whole dolphin thing just doesn't work - it's totally daft & implausible and my complete failure to suspend disbelief made it even more of a slog than the first book. Hmmm, then there's the poetry - `nuff said. I started on the third book but the recurrence of doggerel verse was just too much to bear.

Perhaps if I didn't have anything else to read and I was marooned on a desert island with nothing else to do, I would finish this book. I'm more likely, however, to use it as a door stop. It is all a matter of taste, of course, and the world would be a dull place if we all liked the same things but I didn't enjoy it at all. Thankfully I have the perfect Brinn antidote - `Abaddon's Gate' is lurking appealingly in the book case...
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A good read and basic SF adventure in the best Space Opera tradition. These books are difficult to put down and he does keep you turning the pages. Not the most inventive of stories, with many elements that could be set in the world of Star Trek, Babylon 5 or Battelstar Gallactica - but that set they are all good fun and so is this.
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First time round, in the early 1980s, seems like everyone i knew was suddenly engrossed in "Sundiver", the first of the trilogy included here. It seemed to fit with all the good things about sci fi -- strong ideas, interesting characters, well written. But re-reading it now, it's lost a lot of its appeal. The writing style is often exhuberant, but rarelty touches on true literature, its just a very straight foreward narrative. Easy to read but lacks depth. The main idea, that of uplift, can be thought of as the exact opposite of Roddenberry's Prime Directive -- all sorts of interference is going on with undeveloped races throughout the galaxy. It's become a kind of game for the higher races. Brin even developes this theme into a war, which might seem incredible and absurd, but he manages it. You wouldn't think intelligent enlightened alien races would fight and squabble over such trivialities, but they do.

Many writers of the 1980s did not fore-see the digital revolution, and Brin is among them. Old fashioned photography and record keeping throughout. Whilst envisaging the main themes of his future, he completely ignores the small details, and this can make it read rather oddly in this day and age. (Compare with early works by Niven, Varley, and Benford, all fall into the same trap.)

Also he mixes miles and kilometres in the same paragraphs -- metric and imperial. This is one of the cardinal sins of science fiction writing. (Not my rules, but I agree with them). Today, a novel like Sundiver would be heavily edited and revised before being accepted for publication.

All in all a good, absorbing read, but falls far from the standards of core writing expected in the modern science fiction arena.
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