House of Suns

House of Suns

by Alastair Reynolds

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Overview

House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds

An “engaging and awe-inspiring”(SF Signal) space opera from the critically-acclaimed author of the Revelation Space series.

Six million years ago, at the dawn of the star-faring era, Abigail Gentian fractured herself into a thousand male and female clones, which she called shatterlings. She sent them out into the galaxy to observe and document the rise and fall of countless human empires. Since then, every two hundred thousand years, they gather to exchange news and memories of their travels.
                                                                                 
Only there is no Gathering. Someone is eliminating the Gentian line. And now Campion and Purslane—two shatterlings who have fallen in love and shared forbidden experiences—must determine exactly who, or what, their enemy is, before they are wiped out of existence...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101061275
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/02/2009
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 115,853
File size: 680 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Alastair Reynolds is the author of the Poseidon’s Children series and the Revelation Space series. Born in Barry, South Wales, he studied at Newcastle University and the University of St. Andrews. A former astrophysicist for the European Space Agency, he now writes full-time.

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"Intriguing ideas and competent characterization make this a fine example of grand-scale relativistic space opera." —-Publishers Weekly

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House of Suns 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
tstrother More than 1 year ago
From time to time a genre changing writer comes along. Reynolds has hit SF hard enough to shake the galaxy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book! I am a huge fan of Mr. Reynold's Revelation Space books as well as every single stand alone novel that he has written. In his most recent work, two characters take the first person perspective which provides an interesting depth to the book. This book will not disappoint, whether it is the first read from the author or whether you are already a fan, this will be a book for the permanent library. Enjoy!
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Great story based on known science. I have read this and 1000th night several times now and each time I find a few more details I didn't notice before. Highly recommend this book
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Other_envious_writer More than 1 year ago
There is a basic problem with interstellar travel slower than the speed of light. Everything takes so goddamn long. Reynolds bypasses this restriction by having his main characters enjoy a really long life span, and spend the centuries between star systems in one form of stasis or another. Therefore, this tale consumes centuries like others do days. Rather than give the story scope however, it tends to rob it of import. Who cares what is going to happen a hundred centuries from now? Yes, I know that sounds a little like attention deficit disorder but the unrelenting sameness of each traverse between star systems starts to wear. When everything else is possible, like "damming" stars (whatever that means exactly,) the plot starts to seem arbitrary and a little contrived. Yes, I know, on some level, that all fiction is "contrived" but some more than others. Three stars aren't bad, though.
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Very enjoyable read. I couldn't put it down once I got started.
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This book was fantastic. On a recommendation I picked this up and was absolutely blown away. I've had mixed feelings about Reynold's writing. The Prefect was decent, but not all that great. Chasm City left me wanting. But this book has a depth not seen in the others. It spans an epic amount of time and space, is well written, and very captivating. He presents ideas about the future that intrigued and excited me, which is rare. He also explains some of the mysteries left in his other books (like the Shrouders in the Prefect). I can't recommend this enough.
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bznook More than 1 year ago
Wide ranging story, with at least two subplots. Not sure I get the full connection between them, but I am sure it is there. A little slow to develop, like other of Reynolds books, but in the end captivating and well worth the time.
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