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Ascending (League of Peoples, 5) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

James Alan Gardner

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In the 25th century, under the leadership of the League of Peoples, war and crime are a thing of the past and life is held sacred. That is, as long as you're healthy and beautiful. But those who are deformed, flawed or misfit in any way are destined - or is "doomed" a better word? - to become Explorers, crews assigned to probe worlds so hostile, the chances of returning are somewhere between slim and none.

Four years after Festina Ramos left Melaquin, the "planet of no return," Uclodda Unorr arrives. Unorr is a hired smuggler tasked with gathering evidence of misconduct of the Technocracy's Outward Fleet. Much to his surprise he discovers that Oar, a resident of the planet and last of her kind, is still alive. Though Oar's glass-like body is indestructible, her mind grows weak and will soon fall victim to "apathetic hibernation." Along with her old friend Admiral Festina Ramos, Oar must reveal the true history of Melaquin and expose the ugly deeds of the Outward Fleet before her weary mind surrenders. 

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 759 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 384 pages
  • Editeur : Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (1 avril 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00J90CHKS
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Wacky and fun but sometimes implausible Space Opera 12 novembre 2001
Par Richard R. Horton - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
_Ascending_ is James Alan Gardner's fourth novel about Festina Ramos, an "Explorer" with the Navy of the future Human Technocracy. Festina was the protagonist of Gardner's first novel, _Expendable_, in which we learn the general setup of his future history, to wit 1) humans (and a number of other alien species) have been given the secret of FTL travel as well as some other nice stuff such as life extension treatments by apparently benevolent aliens, 2) the more advanced aliens are the controlling races of the League of Peoples, a very loose confederation of beings that operates with one simple law: anyone who might kill another sentient being is considered non-sentient, and cannot travel outside their own Solar System: if they do, they die, instantly and mysteriously; and 3) the Human Navy's Explorer Corps is composed of disabled and disfigured people who are considered "expendable" because of their handicaps, thus handy for being sent on dangerous missions. John Clute called this last idea the silliest idea he had ever seen in SF, or words to that effect, and I agree.
After _Expendable_ Festina is no longer the POV character, but in each book she is an important secondary character. _Vigilant_ and _Hunted_ are mostly unlinked separate stories. _Ascending_, though, directly continues the story of a character from the first book, with the glass woman Oar of the planet Melaquin having awoken from a 4 year sleep, apparently cured of injuries she suffered in that book. She has been discovered by a criminal of the Divian species named Uclodd Unorr: a short orange humanoid. He has been hired to spirit Oar away before the Technocracy council of Admirals finds her, because they wish to make sure she cannot testify against them about the crimes on Melaquin. So Uclodd, his wife Lajoolie, and Oar are soon running away in the intelligent ship Starbiter. But they find that not only is the Human navy after them, so is a powerful alien species called the Shaddill -- the very species which sold FTL technology to Divians and Humans, and which is believed to have created Oar's people in the distant past. After some hair-raising adventures, they encounter Festina Ramos, then another strange alien species, the Cashlings. All the while Oar is in contact with a weird alien named the Pollisand, who claims to have brought her back from the dead, and who wishes her help in ridding the universe of the evil Shaddill.
The book is quite fun to read. It is told in Oar's inimitable voice, familiar to readers of _Expendable_: she is childish but charming, desperate for attention, very egotistical, profane. The reasons for all this are explained in the book. The voice is fun to read, and the action of the book is quite exciting as well. At the same time, there are caveats. The whole setup for Gardner's future is really absurd. Moreover, the science in these books is extremely rubbery, pretty much whatever it needs to be for plot purposes at any one time. I have seen a number of comments from readers for whom all this is too much, and they can't enjoy the books. I find that thoroughly understandable -- I can only say that I do like the books, albeit with reservations and a certain amount of eye-rolling and eyebrow-raising. I made a comment, in a review of one of the earlier books, that they reminded me, in some ways, of '50s SF: in the rubbery but fun science, and in the whole insouciance of the approach to things. I will say that Gardner's imagination is active: his aliens, though very humanlike in character, are neatly designed, and his tech, wacky is it is, is also often quite clever.
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good Addition to the Series 16 janvier 2002
Par Bruce Appelbaum - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
Since Expendable I look forward to each new work by James Alan Gardner. His Festina Ramos books combine space opera with a screwball perspective on the universe. Gardner's style is fast and breezy, a bit scatalogical. Sort of like the 1930's comedies before the Hays Office started censoring them.
[Ascending] is a good story, action driven as always, and highly recommended. I did have a few reservations about his choice of Oar, a character from a previous Ramos story, as narrator. Oar comes across as an amalgam of Candide and Commander Data, and the first person narrative occasionally does become wordy and tedious.
This minor quibble aside, Ascending is a worthy addition to the League of Peoples series. And I'm looking forward to the next novel from this fine writer.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Wherein I Give "Ascending" the Thumbs-Down 16 janvier 2002
Par BJ Fraser - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
I've generally given Gardner's Festina Ramos books high marks, his previous work "Hunted" I gave 5 stars. Overall, Gardner's books have been action-packed quick reads, even if some aspects of the story are unbelievable. "Ascending" however, never really got going and did little to hold my interest.
For starters, the narrator, Oar, is really annoying to read for 350+ pages. Her childish prose would be acceptable for a chapter or two, but a whole book becomes tiresome.
The book never excited me, but there was a decent pay-off at the end with sufficient action to not be a complete let-down. However, that ending was completely rushed. That was a negative, but at the same time, I wouldn't want to read a 500-page by Oar, it would probably be too tedious to finish.
This is my least-favorite of Gardner's books besides "Commitment Hour" which is more of a spin-off. I was really disappointed because "Hunted" was an awesome book that I literally couldn't put down, but "Ascending" didn't come close to filling its shoes. In my opinion, this is in part because Gardner has pumped out one of these books a year since 1997, he should probably take a year off to refresh his persepctive a little. Unfortunately, at the end the mysterious Pollisand remarks that he'll see Festina & Oar real soon, which can only mean that next winter another adventure will be on the shelves. Let's all hope it's better.
I said this recently about, "Shadow of the Hegemon" by Orson Scott Card, but it bears repeating. If you're a fan of the Ramos series, read "Ascending" just so you don't get lost, but rent it from the library, buy it used, or borrow it from a friend, because it isn't worth [the money].
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent pulp, greatly enjoyable sci-fi. 12 décembre 2001
Par Maggie the Lizard Tamer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
This is the fourth installation in Gardner's series involving Festina Ramos, an Admiral and an ex-expendable explorer. As usual, the novel is filled with interesting aliens and mind-boggling technology that makes no sense, but fits the plot oh so perfectly.

Overall, this is not a book representing heights of
literature, but then again, who reads sci-fi in order to appreciate allegories, alliterations, rhytms, patterns, etc? This book is a thoroughly enjoyable read - great for the story, interesting new aliens, totally alien technology (which, if a bit implausible, totally adds to the alien feeling of the world). If you've read any of the other Festina Ramos series, this novel is a must for you - otherwise you might miss out on some important concepts. I admit, the premise that the devil is really a highly developed alien is pretty far-fetched, but I promise, the book is very relaxing and sometimes even funny.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 She's ba-a-ack! 2 novembre 2001
Par Samanda b Jeude - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
The last time we saw of Oar -- a beautiful crystal woman -- she was dead, and laid to rest in one of the Towers for those with "Tired Brains" [Oar's people don't age, their brains just grow Tired]. But even death can't keep this woman down! Slowly, Oar awakens, to the discovery that she is the last of her people still awake. With the help of a kind [altho *Uclod* wouldn't describe himself that way!] Orange Man and his Large Wife Lajoolie, Oar sets out on a starship owned by Uclod to protect her people's legacy. The whimsically-named and -behaving living ship -Starbiter- finds herself in trouble almost too quickly, and only the appearance of Oar's Faithful Sidekick Festina Ramos -- yes, Oar's tale does include all those capitalizations! -- saves the day.
And that's only in the first hundred pages! This book is a fast read, so be warned; once you start, you *won't* want to put it down.
Written in the brashly self-confident style of a secure teenager [Podkayne of Mars *should* have been this good, & i like Heinlein], Oar's narrative zips along merrily with only a hint of Tiredness. Along the way, we learn more about the League of Sentients, and why they aren't as nice a people as they seemed in Garner's earlier tales. Before she's done, Oar learns that even she can grow Tired, and must face the difficult process of growing up, or face a fate far worse than death. There's even an appearance by a Strange Headless Person to complicate matters, for Oar is even more pivotal than she herself realizes...
Highly recommended!
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