11-22-2010 05:38 PM
I try to read everything Bear writes – he's been nominated or won the Hugo and Nebula Awards numerous times for works like Blood Music, Moving Mars, Darwin's Radio, The Forge of God, Queen of Angels, etc. – and I've heard from a few fellow reviewers that this is his best work to date.
Any way, here's the intriguing PW review:
Multiple Hugo and Nebula winner Bear (City at the End of Time) sets this difficult but rewarding short novel on an interstellar colony ship gone astray. Teacher was supposed to be awakened just before landfall. What he finds when he gains some semblance of consciousness, however, is a dangerous and chaotic environment, with monsters roaming the ship's corridors and no one in charge. As he and a small band of equally ignorant crew members attempt to reach the gigantic ship's control center, they travel through a series of labyrinthine spaces, uncovering a variety of clues to the disaster that has destroyed large parts of the starship and damaged the controlling AIs. Not for those who prefer their space opera simpleminded, this beautifully written tale where nothing is as it seems will please readers with a well-developed sense of wonder. (Dec.)
Has anyone read this yet? If so, please let me know what you thought!
11-22-2010 05:40 PM
Also, here's a VERY COOL machinima inspired trailer for Hull Zero Three!
11-30-2010 07:43 AM
Thanks for the heads-up Paul. Looks like a neat little novel. I may give it a try (next month possibly - I've devastated my entertainment budget for this month ).
I haven't had good luck with Bear (no fault of his - just unfortunate circumstances). Started with Eon and for some reason, lost interest (doesn't happen that often and it wasn't that bad). Then he was involved with that ... sacrilege ... called the Second Foundation Trilogy (blargh!) . Having said that, Blood Music ranks way up there on my list of "books that simply blew my mind" so I have some idea of what I've been missing!
I keep thinking that I should really check out his stuff - all those Hugos and Nebulas can't be flukes . Perhaps this one can be my re-entry book back into Bear's universe .
12-08-2010 11:17 AM
Well, this wasn't what I expected – but that's not a bad thing. My thoughts are below.
12-14-2010 12:44 AM
That review is enough to bring it up to "NOW!" on my TBR list . Thanks for the insightful comments. Just gonna finish The forever war (better late than never eh?) and start on this one ...