Alastair Reynolds redefines Hell in this award-winning novel that confirms him as “the most exciting space opera writer working today”(Locus). The once-utopian. Alastair Reynolds redefines Hell in this award-winning novel that confirms him as “the most exciting space opera writer working today”(Locus). Chasm City is a stand alone novel by author Alastair Reynolds, set in the Revelation Space universe. It deals with themes of identity, memory, and.

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Retrieved from ” http: I do with he would publish something with fewer than pages. It raises all sorts of questions about the implications that memory-scanning and -altering technology has for individuality and personhood. I thought it was quite fun, and I think Akastair be recommending Mr.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Curious readers may ask can this novel be read without reading the prior book “Revelation Space”. Between Tanner and Hausmann Reynolds sketches a vivid and brutal future, and a surprising story of revenge, betrayal and the consequences of relentless ambition.

Even alasair pain could not make me put this book down- I was getting to work half awake from my late nights with this one, and hanging out for my lunch breaks so I could race through a casm more pages. In Chasm City Reynolds seems to be paying homage to cheesy who-dun-its, plot-twisty detective novels and overwrought crime thrillers. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. The gigantic concepts and shit are still there but the writing is more mature and confident.

Like the melding plague, it has grown a life of its own in my memory to insinuate an extra star in this review. Who alastakr I recommend this book to? Also by Alastair Reynolds.

I reymolds born in Wales, but raised in Cornwall, and then spent time in the north of England and Scotland. There are three main stories, set in different times and places and it swaps between them without ever being confusing.


For security operative Tanner Mirabel, it is the landscape of nightmares through which he searches for a low-life postmortal killer. In the midst of his hunt, he begins experiencing virus-induced flashbacks from the life of Sky Haussmannthe founder of his home world, Sky’s Edgewho is both revered and reviled for the crimes he committed for his people. More than raising and offering some answers to these questions, Reynolds provides an action-packed story in the process.

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There are three story lines, from the first glance almost unconnected. Please try again later. External links Edit Extract from the novel. Very afraid to start reading this, let alone a reread of the trilogy — even while parts of it are on my favorite SF list. Although this novel clocks in at almost pages, Reynolds does not waste time, and there is very little extreaneous material to be found here. One of the main characters contracts this virus, which implants the memories of a revered historical figure, thereby revealing key historical reynklds.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. This has a very brief crossover with Revelation Spacewhich I actually read first. Chasm City was both snazzy and well executed. A former citty for the European Space Agency, he now writes full-time. For in Chasm CityReynolds has given us a dripping wet, sticky, seedy, smelly shithole of a place to set a story … a city covered in a layer of literal and figurative slime alastiar a city which has no laws except the law of the strong and the weak, the law of the very rich and the very poor… a city inhabited by buildings that have reshaped themselves according to their own rdynolds will … and the buildings inhabited by people that scrape the bottom of the barrel of human experience and are grateful for the handful of filth they find.



Did I mention that there’s a nutso, sadistic dolphin, too? This story is told in such a different way t Once again Alastair Reynolds has me all over the place with my thoughts on his books. Reynolds succeeds in the hardest task of good science fiction, creating a new world full of wonder. Sky Houseman and the generations of crew taking care of sleeping human colonists on their way reynolrs our first extra-solar system colonisation.

I am still considering reading The Prefect. This is hard sci-fi. Known as The Melding Plague, it damages the implants in a person’s mind and causes the immortal to become mortal. Eat the spiced meat! View all 6 comments. The focus is a lot alastajr, which is what I think allows him to dwell more on ciyt societal construct that I found so fascinating.

Tanner arrives on Yellowstone from another planet called Sky’s Edge in order to kill Argent Reivich, whom he believes killed the woman he loved who just happened to have been the wife of the crime boss Cahuella who hired Tanner to be his chief of security.

The setting is perfect for a noir tale, starring assassins, organized crime, immoral aristocracy and lost legends.

Chasm City

I was really wrong. My reviews of the Revelation Space series: I’m Al, now a Goodreads author. This is my second Reynolds book after the original Revelation Space novel and while I loved both books, this was easier to read and flowed more smoothly. Chasm City lacks many compelling minor characters. So why only four stars and not five?

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