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Revelation Space (Revelation Space Series #1)

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6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Revelation Space - Takes Back Space Opera

Whether you are in the depths of Chasm City, the Rust Belt, the wilds or cities of Resurgam or aboard the lighthugger Nostalgia for Infinity there is one question-who do you trust? It's a cold universe Alastair Reynolds has devised and the secrets that everyone keeps i...
Whether you are in the depths of Chasm City, the Rust Belt, the wilds or cities of Resurgam or aboard the lighthugger Nostalgia for Infinity there is one question-who do you trust? It's a cold universe Alastair Reynolds has devised and the secrets that everyone keeps increases the value of trust a hundredfold. Beyond the personal truths that Daniel Sylveste hide about the father whose electronic ghost haunts and possesses him; of Captain Brennan barely alive disappearing under the Melding Plague yet still manipulating the crew of the Nostalgia for Infinity and Anna Khouri one time soldier, one time assassin, now carrying two artificial intelligences in her mind, lie the darkest secrets of the past of the galaxy itself. Secrets that despite the best efforts of aliens with vastly superior technology may yet come to the light of day.
In their day the Amarantin were in many ways similar to the humans of 2561- or were they? Dan Sylveste is on a personal crusade to unveil the truth about this ancient culture and there is little that will stand in his way. Even though he is mindful of the Event, a cataclysm the destroyed all life on their homeworld of Resurgam, Sylveste will push and push until he has the truth- even if the cost is another apocalypse.


Revelation Space is brilliant, complex and a challenging read. Reynolds takes the science that he is familiar with, a large interstellar backdrop and plenty of drama to create something unique. I constantly look forward to reading his work.

posted by Jeff_Y on November 28, 2009

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2 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

Beware. The eBook version is full of typos...

I'm about 100 pages into the story and have already come across several typos and errors in the text. I let B&N know, asking for a refund or discount and they said it was the publisher's responsibility. Ace told me it was up to B&N to give me a refund.

posted by rhussey7500 on September 29, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2003

    Great Idea Poorly Executed

    This book took entirely too long to set the stage for the ending. Furthermore, the author spent entirely too much time on Sylvestes problems with politics and too little time delving into his research and studies that led to his conclusions. The disjointed jumping back and forth between characters detracted from my enjoyment of this book.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    Good start, weak finish.

    Culminates to nothingness...

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2014

    A real yawner

    Much ado about nothing.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2011

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    Meh

    I was hopeful for this book given it's somewhat high rating (4 stars). I'm on page 453 of 552 - yes, its a long book - and have just given up and bought something else to read. The writing is decent enough. The story is kind of interesting. Throughout the story, the pace and tone stay about even. This means that as you read the beginning, it ramps up to an exciting level and stays there throughout. After, say, 300 pages, it becomes monotone. I'm looking for a little resolution along the way but what I get is slightly different conflict. The characters are all about equal: I don't hate or love any of them. Morally, I'd say they're all about on equal footing, too. Here at the end when everything is coming to a head, I don't know who I want to succeed, and I see now that it may not even matter. Here on page 453, I just don't care anymore what happens. This is sort of like watching TV when nothing is on. Watching this is better than doing the laundry, but now I'm changing the channel cuz that new show is on and its gotta be better than this.

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