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  • ISBN 1407410229
  • ISBN13 978-1407410227
  • Publisher CLIPPER / WF HOWES LTD; paperback / softcover edition
  • Formats docx rtf lrf lit
  • Category Fantasy
  • Subcategory Science Fiction
  • Size ePub 1516 kb
  • Size Fb2 1328 kb
  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 192

Terminal World is a 2010 science fiction novel by Welsh author Alastair Reynolds (. ISBN 978-0-575-07718-8). It is a standalone novel set in the distant future, and it chronicles the journey of Quillon, a pathologist forced into exile

Terminal World is a 2010 science fiction novel by Welsh author Alastair Reynolds (. It is a standalone novel set in the distant future, and it chronicles the journey of Quillon, a pathologist forced into exile.

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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Alastair Reynolds revolutionized the science fiction genre with his Revelation Space novels.

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by Alastair Reynolds. But when a near-dead angel drops onto his dissecting table, his world is wrenched apart. For the angel is a winged posthuman from Spearpoint's Celestial Levels. And to save the angel's life, Quillion must leave his home and travel into the cold and hostile lands beyond the city. Featuring thousands of books at deep discounts, over TWO WEEKENDS: Dec 6–8 & Dec 13–15 in Somerville.

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This is an extremely enjoyable novel with a very engaging cast of vividly drawn characters, although to some degree the main protagonist remains a bit of a cipher. The setting and backstory are quite interesting, and there are more than a few hints scattered throughout the text that should tip off an alert reader that not all is as it seems. (It took me until Page 243, I think it was, to figure it out, which was shamefully late.) The plot is rich enough with details and possibilities that future installments could go in a wide range of directions.

HOWEVER. There will NOT be any other tales to be told for this world and its inhabitants. The author has flat-out stated that this is a standalone novel and that he has no intentions for a sequel. Unfortunately, the entire book reads as the setup for a trilogy and goes hurtling toward a climax that proves to be abrupt and deeply unsatisfying when one realizes that this is it--there will be no more. Ideas and possible plot threads and intimations are flung out by the handful over the course of the book and the reader naturally assumes that these will go somewhere and be more fully developed over the course of the series. But it all proves to be a giant tease. Essentially, this is a 4 1/2 star kickoff to a stillborn trilogy and gets downgraded to a rating of 3 for what feels very much like a bait and switch.

There is, though, some additional material to be found. The author's personal blog has three flashback sequences for the lead character which were cut from the final edit, so you are encouraged to go there and take a gander if you are a completist.
I will start by saying that I veery much like the Author's work in general. I had read all of his series and stand alone, except for this title and have been chewing away at the novella items. The prior items have, in general, really solid with clear character voices and engaging plots. This story lacked just about all the qualities I have come to expect from this Author; I am usually drawn through his stories. I had to push myself through this book. The characters, while clear enough in their framing, never achieved clear voices or believable motivation.

The plot was weak at best and the ending...just when I thought I might get some payoff, just died. It is as if even the author decided he was sick of the story too and simply killed it, without any significant resolution. If this was some sort of set up for a series, please don't. If you are a fan of A.R., avoid this novel. it is a statistical aberration.
The author gets points for an imaginative landscape and situation. The story is slow and while steam punk has to be accepted with a certain amount of reasonable speculation, the author also injects some legitimate scientific anomalies which stretches the steam punk theme, especially for the character Tulwar.
I found this slow overall and although I warmed up to the protagonist eventually, it was hard. This author has often brought solid science to his novels and this one left me quite cold at the end because the "semi resolution" might as well have been magic, except that leading up to it, the magic "solution" certainly wasn't obvious.
Reynolds is a solid author and I congratulate him on trying to meld steam punk and scifi, but he missed, and the prose wasn't worth the other shortcomings. I think China Mieville still holds the steam punk reigns with Perdido St. Station and while that was magnificent , the Iron Council story was as unsatisfying as this one was. But unlike this one, the Iron Council's prose made it all the worthwhile.
I haven't given up on Reynolds, but this one didn't work.
I was a little hesitant about this one since it had such a low review score, and I wound up loving it, for many of the reasons I've loved almost all of his other books. Yes, I can see the points it's gotten criticized for in other reviews - it does feel like the first book in a series, and I'm disappointed I won't get to see where this goes. Nevertheless, this is a fascinating, original world with a lot of really striking imagery, fun action, and good surprises, as well as some surprisingly satisfying explanations (I'm not saying any more because I don't want to spoil it). It did take me a while to get to like the main character, but I certainly did by several chapters in, and by the end I really liked quite a lot of the characters (and I'm sad I won't get to hang out with them more in further books). All that being said, if you haven't read anything by Alastair Reynolds before, do start with Revelation Space.
Alastair Reynolds definitely is one of the most imaginative writers of contemporary science fiction. In Terminal World he blends a post-apocalyptic steampunk setting with a mysterious version of modern physics and post-humanism. Admittedly, the noir element gets a little old, but it is only visible in the first few pages anyway. It is somewhat hard to summarize the story without giving away too much of the solution. What starts as the main character Quillon's flight from Spearpoint turns into a quest across different zones where certain levels of technology start to fail. And when these zones begin to shift dramatically across the world, it threatens the future of all of mankind (in its different stages). While I still consider House of Suns and Pushing Ice to be the pinnacle of Reynolds' work, Terminal World is among par with Revelation Space and it actually builds on a similar level of physics. Fans of A Fire Upon The Deep will likely enjoy Terminal World. Those who didn't like the former may want to give Reynolds a try here, because it is much easier to approach. Everyone else... start with Terminal World.