Igniting The Reaches

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1,000 years after interstellar society has collapsed, a new empire which is suspiciously like Canada rules most of the planets and their most valuable resources — slaves and automated silicon chip factories. Two gentlemen from Venus set of to make their fortunes as what can only be described as slavers and pirates. They’re clearly not nice people, but they are the heros of this book.

The book is very readable, and like other books by Drake it is clear that the heros aren’t always nice, and are haunted by their crimes. Yet they continue, and in the end might have accidentally done something nice.

Overall, a good if different book.

[isbn: 0441001793]

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Cyteen: The Vindication

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This is the final book in the Cyteen trilogy (proceeded by Cyteen: The Betrayal and Cyteen: The Rebirth). This book is good in that it avoids much of the politics that mired the first book. Additionally, its nice to see Ari2 and Justin resolve some of their differences, even if its from a position of mutual distrust. The series doesn’t really resolve the problem of Ari’s research, but I assume that theme is covered more in later books.

[isbn: 0445204303]
[award: winner hugo 1989]

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Cyteen: The Rebirth

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This book is a follow up to Cyteen: The Betrayal, and was originally published in the same volume as it. The book would make little sense without having read Cyteen: The Betrayal first. Apart from that its a good book, and much more readable than the first. I think that’s mostly because all the important scene setting is done and we can finally get on with things. That was my impression with the first book too — the second half was better than the first.

[award: nominee hugo 1989]
[isbn: 0445204540]

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Cyteen: The Betrayal

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I read this book at the recommendation of my father. Its an interesting concept — artificially produced humans have been created to fill gaps in a society far out on the edges of occupied space. However, how are these artificial humans different from “real” humans? How are they different from slaves given they are programmed to perform certain duties with joy and without question?

However, despite the interesting concept, the first two thirds of the book are very slow, and took me ages to read. The last third was much better and I think I’ll read the sequels because of that. If the book had stopped after the boring bit, there would be no way I’d read the next book. I think part of the problem is that this book was originally in one volume, instead of the three volume set I own.

[isbn: 0445204524]
[award: winner hugo 1989]

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