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FunkyFingers
25-06-2002, 12:19:36
Just seen in Waterstones the new Alistair Reynolds book - Redemption Ark.
I would have bought it immediately, but it was the biggest book in the world! It was softback, but printed in a such a large format it could disgrace some physics textbooks, and was still almost 700 pages long! I will have to wait until I've got some more bookshelves methinks...

Spartak
25-06-2002, 21:36:43
God, I bet it costs a fortune.

The prices of books these days :bash: :bash: :bash: :bash: :bash:

Noisy
25-06-2002, 23:39:35
I'll just mention again that W.H.Smiths are running a 'two paperbacks for a tenner' promotion this Summer. I saved six pounds getting two Alastair Reynolds books.

FunkyFingers
26-06-2002, 09:02:14
The new big-format Reynolds was 10.99, but if I have to buy a new bookshelf...
I wouldn't exactly save any money by buying the 2 Reynolds books in WHSmith now would I, seeing as I've already got both!
Unless they've got the Iain M Banks books included in their offer...

Qweeg
26-06-2002, 11:26:41
Oh goody Oh goody Oh goody Oh goody Oh goody Oh goody Oh goody Oh goody!!!!

I'm actually not being either sarcastic or ironic, worrying aint it.

FunkyFingers
26-06-2002, 12:53:33
Go fetch the book Qweeg boy

Qweeg
26-06-2002, 12:58:38
*bounds off, tongue lolling and eager expression on face, quiker then Blair standing shoulder to shoulder with the USA*

Noisy
26-06-2002, 13:06:29
Originally posted by FunkyFingers
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Unless they've got the Iain M Banks books included in their offer... Yes, they have.

However, the offer only applies to paperbacks less than 10, so it wouldn't apply to the new Reynolds.

FunkyFingers
26-06-2002, 13:10:33
The new Reynolds book is 7.69 at Amazon. Plus if it's your first order at amazon they're offering 3 off at the moment, so I could well buy this for 4.69. Bargain!

FunkyFingers
26-06-2002, 13:20:36
Aah, don't forget postage. Bastards. Brings it back to nearly 8 quid. still cheaper than in the shops though...

Sean
26-06-2002, 13:29:14
Noisy, is this any paperbacks less than 10, or just selected ones?

FunkyFingers
26-06-2002, 14:56:50
It seemed to be all paperbacks less than 10quid if they've got it in stock.

Sean
26-06-2002, 14:57:37
Hooray! Book-buying time!

FunkyFingers
27-06-2002, 08:18:33
Hooray - just bought it from Books Etc - 2 discount for a new release, 8.99. Excellent.

Have just started reading it, fantastic prologue, really intrigueing...

Qweeg
27-06-2002, 15:36:31
Volyova's back I see, I like Volyova, Volyova and her bjeutiful veapons.

FunkyFingers
28-06-2002, 08:16:43
Haven't come across Volyova yet. The set up of the first couple of chapters is brilliant. Great book so far.

Qweeg
28-06-2002, 14:01:20
My hands are sweating, I'm buying the book today.

FunkyFingers
28-06-2002, 14:35:13
Careful, it's rather heavy, with sweaty palms you might drop it...

Qweeg
28-06-2002, 14:36:53
Looks like I'm gonna havta break into the church next door and nick their bible-holder thingy.

again.

FunkyFingers
28-06-2002, 15:16:39
You cad

Nav
29-06-2002, 16:16:06
Thanks for the tip on this Funky, I had no idea this was out. I got his first two books in large size, so I wanted this one the same to match!

FunkyFingers
30-06-2002, 09:18:57
It was released this week - go get that 1st edition...

Nav
30-06-2002, 17:50:14
might be worth something when I'm dead...

jsorense
30-06-2002, 21:47:11
Nav,
According to Venom's appointment organizer, I wouldn't worry about it.

FunkyFingers
01-07-2002, 08:06:12
It's quite a different book to the last two. You get to learn a lot about the Conjoiners. Bizzarre, dark and a bit freaky so far.

Qweeg
01-07-2002, 14:37:00
I'm really enjoying this book, I'm worried I'm running out of pages though!

You're right about the Conjoiners Funky, and general information about the AR univers in general I might add. I really dig the way the guy writes about the mysterious black machines (Wolves) and their cold methodical activities (their building something- but what?) The bit where their dismantling those moons kind of reminded me of Greg Bears Anvil of the Gods, where Europa and Earth get dismantled- but only passingly, that was the only G Bear book I've ever actually enjoyed strangely enough, that and maybe Blood Music but thats another story.

You really pick up on ARs knowledge and love of the subjects he's exploring in this novel, and I'm really enjoying reading about everything from fluidic dynamics too quantum physics that he touches upon. Some really cool concepts and lots to make ya think and wonder- I wish Alistair Reynolds had been my science teacher... reminds me of when I used to watch Carl Sagans Cosmos by the way the book stimulates the imagination with hard science. Thermo-dynamics, fluidic-dynamics, astro-physics, quantum-physics, emergance, inertia, and a bunch of other areas are all explored wonderfully.

Not only that- but the characters are really interesting and likable (specially Volyova and Khouri- but I think I've said that before) Also Skade, Clavain and the semi-autistic one and the plot in general really draws me in anyway.

Additionally the humour just by his use of words is bang on the level, especially the way cold dead machines are given a certain kind of character by their very cold-and-deadness (especially the Cache-Weapons and the alien extinction-machines)

There are lots of bits I could quote but that would probably entertain only myself... but Volyovas opinion of Gas Giants and their excessive disregard for the human scale being almost as bad as stars is just one of many bits that have really cracked me up so far.

And then there's Resurgam and its authoritarian Mcarthyist government and that whole deal could have been a novel in itself...

Okay I stop banging on about it now.

FunkyFingers
01-07-2002, 15:22:13
The Inhibitors :nervous:

Qweeg
03-07-2002, 13:53:09
There's a really cool part were Clavain is getting an account of an old ships weapons inventory, very cool. And theirs a whole bunch of stuff that happens in gas-giants... I didn't realis eyou could get within a few thousand klicks of a Jovian and not be instantly crushed- but I guess you could provided you were still orbiting the thing! This piece of knowledge will aid me in day to day life in numorous ways.

FunkyFingers
03-07-2002, 15:11:57
Volyova doesn't like planets, especially not Jovians.

Qweeg
03-07-2002, 18:51:16
excessively contemptuos of the human scale, almost as bad as stars.

FunkyFingers
04-07-2002, 08:25:17
Quality quote!

FunkyFingers
10-07-2002, 12:10:51
Man, this book is dark. The inhibitor technology- scary :nervous:
Skade and her obsessive persuit of the tachyonic state, fantastic. All that reletivistic stuff is really well done.
I also like the way Reynolds has managed to integrate some of the storylines from the first two in to this one - when you read Chasm City I couldn't quite work out whether it's actually linked directly to Revelation Space at least. I get the feeling that H is someone from the Chasm City novel that we've met before?...

Qweeg
10-07-2002, 12:38:20
Definately;)

I don't think Reynolds handles several of his characters together in the same scene very wll though, they tend to puppet-speak quite a bit when their're around eachother.

FunkyFingers
10-07-2002, 13:47:15
With the Conjoiners, puppet-speak is entirely suitable though ?

Love this book!

Qweeg
10-07-2002, 13:55:19
Maybe you'll know what I mean when you get to the part where they all meet up with H (unless you already did and didnt;) )

FunkyFingers
10-07-2002, 14:47:27
Well I'm well past the bit where they meet up with H in Chasm City for the first time, and are taken to the "haunted basement"...
I'm sure he's familar.

Now I've just reached the bit where Skade attempts the State 4 transisition...

FunkyFingers
11-07-2002, 08:31:47
Damn, I'm reading this book too fast!

Qweeg
11-07-2002, 13:11:28
finnished:(

enjoyed:)

With room at the end for three more (good sci-fi comes in threes you see, the Ramans knew it- Reynolds probably knows it)

FunkyFingers
11-07-2002, 13:18:04
Rendevous with Rama? Is that what the Neutron star around Resurgam is?!

You think Reynolds will write more books in this universe, or start something else?

I've got less than 100 pages to read now, it's reaching the finale. The Captain just tried his trick on Volyova and she did her act. Interesting...

FunkyFingers
12-07-2002, 08:29:47
Finished the book last night. The ending is not what I'd expected that's for sure, but then it hasn't been for the other 2x Reynolds books either. It's strange, it's a long book, but there's so much richness in the environments he's created that it could have been twice as long and not felt excessive. I agree with Queeg that there's scope for more sequels here. The story is definitely not finished.
Recommended stuff.