Alastair Reynolds redefines Hell in this award-winning novel that confirms him as “the most exciting space opera writer working today”(Locus). The once-utopian. Alastair Reynolds redefines Hell in this award-winning novel that confirms him as “the most exciting space opera writer working today”(Locus). Chasm City is a stand alone novel by author Alastair Reynolds, set in the Revelation Space universe. It deals with themes of identity, memory, and.

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Chasm City

But I will stop now before I say too much. Am I me, or a copy of me—an instance of me running on a particular platform? Looking for More Great Reads? The author does not shy away from the darkness. I really must get my hands on the next one. Maybe I wouldn’t like it if I hadn’t already read Use of Weapons – I was constantly comparing the two in my mind.

See and discover other items: There was a lot of classic gumshoe-style detective work in this that detracted from Reynolds’ excellent sci fi world building, and it felt over-long by about pages.

The cashier told me that the store moves on, and was ages ago chaasm publisher land. It is derivative too of better works, but on the whole it is a nicely rounded-off story.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Banks, but doesn’t have the same literary chops. Sky Houseman and the generations of crew taking care of sleeping human colonists on their way to our first extra-solar system colonisation.

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This story was all sorts of cool, projecting reynoldw very goth vibe with the long high collared trench coats and big guns blazing from the hips. In this respect Chasm City doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously, an important element of getting the reader to accept what Reynolds is doing.


I came to quite enjoy the Sky flashbacks. Redemption Ark Revelation Space. To my delight, we quickly find out that we are going to be splitting time not only on Chasm City, but also on Sky’s Edge, and on the generation ships sent to colonize this world orbiting 61 Cygni. I started off publishing short stories in the British SF magazine Interzone in the early 90s, then eventually branched into novels. While chaam rest of the Revelation Space series deals vhasm big ticket narrative items- One Have you ever read for so long that your shoulder seizes up, and you have to stretch, but you do it one arm at a time so you can keep reading with your other hand?

I still liked rrynolds.

It’s normal for Alastair’s novels to push the page mark, but unlike other works I’ve read in this genre, his stories are lean and mean. Reynolds succeeds in the hardest task of good science fiction, creating a new world full of wonder. The City’s society collapsed and reformed itself into a state divided by class.

But as he follows his target through chaotic post-Plague Yellowstone, being hunted himself in a local “game”, he not only causes problems for the local power structure but becomes less and less sure he actually is who his records say he is. There really isn’t one likeable character in the e I really wish GoodReads did half stars – because I liked this one more than just a “3 rating” would suggest.

The Melding Plague actually happened, and its effects were far worse than you are currently capable of imagining. Together with the themes of memory loss, the story is much more about building up a new identity out of broken parts. I loved Revelation Space, but have gotten mired down pages in with Chasm City. He grinned at the youth. It seems to be one of Reynold’s favorite themes.


I read this because Alistair Reynolds is my teenage son’s favourite author. The city itself has the same problem: Chasm City also has a fully-developed sub-plot that involves Sky Haussmann, a man who is a member of a fleet of generational starships that is heading to colonize a new world. In my opinion the plot is almost immaterial to the author’s elaborate descriptions of Chasm City, it residences and the circumstances of it’s creation and de-evolution.

But this story is told through one of the most intricately interwoven narrative modes I have ever encountered. I often spend most of a review discussing the main character and my reaction to them.

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It dismays me that I cannot tell you more, but if I did, I’d ruin a seismic shift in reading experience for you. En cuanto a la historia, es un libro con tantos giros y cambios de punto de vista que se necesita tiempo y tranquilidad para su lectura.

Books by Alastair Reynolds. Banks fans – but they’re well-done and multi-layered here. Until recently I used to be a completionist: Into this background comes our main protagonist Tanner Mirabel, a mercenary hunting his employer’s killers from the giant serpent infested Jungles of Sky’s Edge to the plague infested Canopy of Chasm City to the very maw of hell itself.

The Medusa Chronicles It honest to God changed the way I look at science fiction. This comes primarily from the Melding Plague that has attacked the Glitter Band of 10, space orbitals that inhabit the Epsilon Eridani system. May 18, Emily rated it liked it Shelves: