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The Kindly Ones (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Melissa Scott
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Orestes was a cruel world, cold and inhospitable. Its first colonists were castaways from a crash landing, cling to survival through the institution of strict socio political pontrols. Over the generations life grew somewhat easier, but the code of honour remained. Misdeeds and errors were paid for with blood.

At one time all miscreants were executed. Now a social death is imposed. Every Oresteian city has colony of “ghosts”: ostracised citizens who must survive, somehow, without help from the living.

But galactic civilisation is spreading and Orestes is in its path. The old ways are under scrutiny. And though the Oresteian aristocracy will fight for the status quo, they have not reckoned on the power of a thousand ghosts.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 996 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 371 pages
  • Utilisation simultanée de l'appareil : Illimité
  • Editeur : Crossroad Press; Édition : Crossroad Press Digital Edition (14 octobre 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B009RCO0YE
  • Synthèse vocale : Activée
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  • Composition améliorée: Activé
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 5.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Complex and gripping world-building 16 septembre 2013
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Very few science-fiction authors create such layered and complex worlds as Melissa Scott. Discovering the weighted relationships and family feuds of this cold world is a journey in itself, unforgettable and engulfing. A great, classic book, deserving of a new generation of readers.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Complex World, full of Complex People 29 juin 2001
Par Jo Wyrick - Publié sur Amazon.com
This is one of my favorite books ever. Melissa Scott approaches science fiction with the eye for detail that is the hallmark of the best historical writers. We explore the world of Orestes with her characters, especially Captain Leith Morrigan and Trey Maturin. A stranger to Orestes, Captain Morrigan is drawn into a complex web of intrigue and war, while Trey, a licensed Mediator, is pulled into deadly fights between clan factions. This may seem like a typical plotline, but Scott handles it with the same kind of delicate detail one would expect from Mary Renault. (I re-read this book every year, just like the Persian Boy.) As the clan conflicts turns into open war, we are treated to a beautifully written escape and space travel sequence. (My heart is always in my mouth as Pipe Major makes her final lift from the field at Destiny!) Strongly written female characters are another plus in this hidden treasure!
3.0 étoiles sur 5 'Space Opera' About Opera in Space 18 septembre 2010
Par Judah - Publié sur Amazon.com
Setting is a frontier solar system with Greek names, where Citizens obey an unforgiving honor code, and breaking it takes away lives. 'Death' is total ostracism from normal society, to the point where a 'para'nim' is treated as invisible and ignored. Mediums are a special caste which talk with the dead and uphold their rights.

The book follows four main character perspectives -- Trey Maturin the deliberately genderless medium a la Caudwell (though referred to as female on my book cover), ex-spaceforce female peacekeeper Captain Moraghan who runs a mail and cargo trade ship in and out of the system, space pilot Guil who is Moraghan's female para'nim lover, and a rotating young male member of the house Halex (varies by chapters). Scott's society is beyond gender, both normal and homosexual relationships are common -- 'my space society of the enlightened future is beyond gender' background. Tons of different character perspectives, but they don't have unique voices, making the book flat.

Pacing-wise, we have detailed descriptions of operatic theater and the lemon-and-pepper scent of racing oversize rutting elk (native fauna), and then the feud starts around page 120ish. Like a real opera, the novel goes through provocation, destruction, revenge, and heroism, but from a detached non-personal viewpoint (weak voices). The genderless medium has an additional layer of detachment to the events going down.

Too many distinct forms are in this meta-fiction (novel, drama, social commentary, perspective switching, sci-fi), and none are done well. I enjoyed "Burning Bright" by Scott more.
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting idea. Poor execution. 5 octobre 2014
Par SAK - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Weak book. Doesn't hold up to the expectations it sets up. Important parts of the story are glossed over in a few sentences too often in the book, as if the author could not be bothered to think through the key details. But perversely, useless scenes that do not contribute to the story in any way are obsessively described in too much detail e.g. when flying through planet rings from Electra to Orestes, or the battle scenes at the end, etc. Characterization is weak with no sense of depth to any character; the "romantic" relationships are laughable (Trey-Rehur, Guil-Leith). There are a few good ideas here and there, glued together with sloppy writing. The technology descriptions seem to be from the 1950s -- ridiculous to read in 2014 and believe they are appropriate to a space-faring civilization. Ultimately, too many deus ex machinas, and overall intellectual laziness make this a disappointing book.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Very slow start 30 mars 2014
Par Simeon Niles - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche|Achat vérifié
The first third of the book goes slowly, at an almost painful pace. I kept asking myself, why was the author giving this much cultural background. I get it, the Code is brutal and unfair. Can we get to the action? If I wasn't reading it for a book club, I probably would have put it down. Thankfully, that ends about 1/3 of a way in and the conflict begins. However, even with the conflict, I wasn't satisfied. The inciting incident wasn't convincing. If you're going to spend 1/3 of a book elaborating on the stars and planets and cultural taboos, you better give a great reason why, after hundreds of years of status quo, everything gets upended. Unfortunately, Scott doesn't do that.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Many reasons to love the story 10 juin 2014
Par E. McKee - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Read it for sheer pleasure, or read it because Melissa Scott handles alien worlds and cultural concepts with a refreshing expertise. I bought this book many years ago and I'm so glad to see it in Kindle format.
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