Chasm City (Revelation Space Series #2)

Chasm City (Revelation Space Series #2)

by Alastair Reynolds
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Chasm City (Revelation Space Series #2) by Alastair Reynolds

In a city overrun by a virus that attacks both man and machine, an agent pursues a lowlife postmortal-and uncovers a centuries-old atrocity that history would rather forget...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780441010646
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/27/2003
Series: Revelation Space Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 704
Sales rank: 247,002
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Alastair Reynolds was born in Barry, South Wales, in 1966. He studied at Newcastle and St. Andrew's Universities and has a Ph.D. in astronomy. A former astrophysicist for the European Space Agency, he lives in the Netherlands, near Leiden. He is now writing full-time.

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Chasm City 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a book to lift up your spirits, stay away from this one. I introduced myself to this author with Chasm City based on the Hard SF/Space Opera classification the publisher advertised and though I found a lot to like, there was a little bit more that I didn't like. What worked for me were the large-canvas spectacles of an advanced society (mostly) reduced to rubble by a nanotech virus, a wild ride on a space elevator, a race across the the galaxy by three starships that are able to squeak out 8 percent of the speed of light, and cool alien fauna that reminds all of the natives somehow of giant snakes. However, the characters in here are mostly forgettable and the ones that aren't are certainly not likeable. I'm old fashioned in that I prefer reading a story where I root for the protagonist. After about a third of the way in, I was pretty disturbed by the behavior of pretty much everyone. The author admirably weaves together some personalities in one character, but the end result lost its credibility with me. Also, the author just is not able to telegraph plot hints without making them too explicit, while on the other hand coincidences seem to happen serendipitously to further the plot. I'll read the author's next book because I see lots of potential here, but also lots of room for improvement.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the twenty-sixth century, mankind may have conquered the stars and found the secret to immortality but it hasn¿t been able to eliminate war. Since humanity colonized Sky¿s Edge there has always been war and arm merchants like Cahuella, who sell munitions to both sides have become rich men. Tanner Mirabel, former soldier and mercenary, is now a security consultant to Cahuella. When an ambush in the jungle kills his employer¿s wife, Tanner vows to avenge their death.

He knows the man who was behind the killing is a rich aristocrat whose family was killed by ammunition Cahuella sold to the enemy. Tanner¿s search leads him across the galaxy to CHASM CITY on the planet Yellowstone, a place decimated by the nano-technological Melding Plague that changed the political and social structure of that world. In the course of hunting down his prey, Tanner has many life threatening adventures and discovers things about himself that are extremely shocking to him.

CHASM CITY is a space opera at its fantastic best. The story line is so intriguing that the audience will want to read all 528 pages in one sitting. Tanner, the flawed anti-hero, is likable despite the fact that when he gets into mercenary mode, he has no compunction about killing people. If this novel is any indication of his talent, Alastair Reynolds will attain the skies of Robert Heinlein and Andre Norton.

Harriet Klausner

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great story-it reminds a bit of a Micky Spillane novel. Reynolds unfolds a story with a bunch of surprises, and something new to think about every cupla pages. If I have any complaints, its that the book was either viciously edited or ar needs some work on consistency / transitions. I recommended this book to three friends into the genre and they all tore into the book with as much as gusto as I. Thanks Alastair!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow moving, sometimes cliche, but overall rather interesting.