Blue Remembered Earth (Anglais) Relié – 5 juin 2012
|Neuf à partir de||Occasion à partir de|
Téléchargement audio, Version intégrale
|Gratuit avec l'offre d'essai Audible au lieu de EUR 29,84|
Les clients ayant consulté cet article ont également regardé
Description du produit
Revue de presse
Alastair Reynolds is a name to watch. Shades of Banks and Gibson with gigatons of originality (Guardian)
A mastersinger of the space opera (The Times)
Reynolds has a galaxy-sized imagination allied to a real story-telling ability (Bernard Cornwell) --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Relié .
Présentation de l'éditeur
BLUE REMEMBERED EARTH is the first volume in a monumental trilogy tracing the Akinya family across more than ten thousand years of future history ... out beyond the solar system, into interstellar space and the dawn of galactic society.
One hundred and fifty years from now, in a world where Africa is the dominant technological and economic power, and where crime, war, disease and poverty have been banished to history, Geoffrey Akinya wants only one thing: to be left in peace, so that he can continue his studies into the elephants of the Amboseli basin.
But Geoffrey's family, the vast Akinya business empire, has other plans. After the death of Eunice, Geoffrey's grandmother, erstwhile space explorer and entrepreneur, something awkward has come to light on the Moon, and Geoffrey is tasked - well, blackmailed, really - to go up there and make sure the family's name stays suitably unblemished. But little does Geoffrey realise - or anyone else in the family, for that matter - what he's about to unravel.
Eunice's ashes have already have been scattered in sight of Kilimanjaro. But the secrets she died with are about to come back out into the open, and they could change everything.
Or shatter this near-utopia into shards ...--Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Relié .
Aucun appareil Kindle n'est requis. Téléchargez l'une des applis Kindle gratuites et commencez à lire les livres Kindle sur votre smartphone, tablette ou ordinateur.
Pour obtenir l'appli gratuite, saisissez votre numéro de téléphone mobile.
Détails sur le produit
Si vous vendez ce produit, souhaitez-vous suggérer des mises à jour par l'intermédiaire du support vendeur ?
Commentaires en ligne
Meilleurs commentaires des clients
The plot centres around the events following the funeral of the matriarchal space pioneer of the powerful & rich Akinya dynasty and the series of clues to location on the moon, Phobos and Mars which lead in turn to a revelation on the edge of our solar system which could either presage a new dawn in the human space diaspora or, if misused, their potential destruction. Along the way there are intra family feuds, proof of extra galactic intelligent life, a typically Reynolds-esque extension of the panspermia hypothesis and much more all incorporated into a mature, carefully paced & magnificently written novel.
As you can probably tell, I really liked it. It was perhaps a little slow at the start with all of the elephant messing about but it was never dull; just lots of Reynolds’ masterly wordcraft and imagination. A cracking start to an exhilarating new series from a master of the space opera genre.
Commentaires client les plus utiles sur Amazon.com (beta) (Peut contenir des commentaires issus du programme Early Reviewer Rewards)
The novel is a typical Sherlock Holmes follow the not-so-obvious clues tale. In order to maintain reader interest, however there must be a hint that something very important lies at the end of the trail. This element is missing in Blue Remembered Earth. The industrialist scions worry about a secret that might hurt the business. Since the reader has neither emotional nor intellectual interest in the business, this means very little. The semi-outcasts feel that some interesting clue regarding mysterious aspects of the personal life of the matriarch might be found. But since the reader knows nothing about the matriarch, no interest is attached to this possibility either. As they stumble along the trail, there is a profound underlying sense of “who cares?” A secret with profound implications for humanity finally does emerge but unfortunately only after 90% of the 500-page novel has gone by.
Adding further annoyance, Blue Remembered Earth moves toward that secret at a snail’s pace. The novel frequently bogs down in peripheral activity and ancillary scenes that slow development and dull interest in the work. For instance, the idealistic scientist uses brain implants that link him with elephants and allows him to understand how they think and view the world. The concept is interesting but not central to the plot. However, long stretches of text are devoted to the world as seen by the matriarch lead elephant in his investigational herd. The scientist tests his ability to mind meld with the elephant, going step-wise to higher levels of integration in several sections of the book. To be fair, he solves an important plot event related to the elephants at the end of the novel through the mind meld. However, the mind melding sequences are tedious and become quite boring as one waits for the central plot to start up again.
Alastair Reynolds has written some intriguing SF books but this is not one of them. Please understand that Blue Remembered Earth is better than most works in the SF genre. However, Reynolds is both proven and prolific and has a higher bar to hurtle, whether this is fair or not.
I do love Mr. Reynolds' voice as a writer, the undertones of melancholy, like someone that still spends hours looking into the night sky! And then how can you not appreciate his subtle humor when you get sentences like this: "The zookeepers could be overwhelming until you built up sufficient exposure tolerance. Sunday had passed that point years ago: the wilder excesses of their starry-eyed idealism now ghosted through her like a flux of neutrinos. "
"Blue Remembered Earth" begins a new Alastair Reynolds series about the early days of interstellar travel. It begins with news of the death of Eunice Akinya, the brilliant, ruthless, and eccentric matriarch of Africa's -- and Earth's -- most powerful family. Founder of a corporation that helped lead the reconstruction of Earth after planet-wide climate-driven collapse, she contributed substantially to the expansion of humanity to the moon, Mars, and the outer solar system in the late 21st and early 22nd centuries. Eunice has left a secret behind, one that some of her heirs wish to bury ... and that some of her rivals hope to exploit. Caught in the middle are two of Eunice's grandchildren who have refused to join the family enterprise: scientist Geoffrey, who studies elephant cognition near the family homestead in the Serengeti, and artist Sunday, a sculptor living in an outlaw zone on the moon. Ultimately, it's up to this brother/sister pair to uncover what grandma was hiding and decide what to do about it.
WHAT'S TO LIKE?
All of Reynolds novels are magical mystery tours where plots and characters matter less than lushly-imagined scenery, deftly-mixed science fact and scientific speculation, and broad social/philosophical themes. In this book, Reynolds sides with the techno-optimists who believe that humanity, with our collective backs up against the wall, will find ways to blunt the worst aspects of climate change, find new sources of clean energy, and boldly go where science fiction has repeatedly gone before. He gives us self-renewing artificial corals to protect coastlines, undersea cities populated with surgically-altered mer-people, space elevators, new kinds of brain augmentation and telepresence, a benign Big Brother that prevents war and violence, Darwinian robot battlegrounds on Mars, asteroid mines, and a super-telescope on Mercury that can discern large-scale alien artifacts on extrasolar planets. As always, Reynolds assumes that the primary agents of social change are prickly nonconformists -- in this instance, Eunice -- who flout the rules in pursuit of their larger-than-life goals. Also, as always, Reynolds writes with conviction and authority.
The big philosophical questions raised in this book are whether humankind is destined to (a) destroy itself, (b) spread to the stars, or (c) hang on indefinitely in quiet desperation. Only (b) gets serious consideration. What Reynolds really wants to debate is whether we need to go to the stars because it's our destiny, or we need to go to the stars because if we don't aim high we'll inevitably stagnate and collapse. You can probably guess which one he chooses.
WHAT'S NOT TO LIKE?
The book's biggest problem has to do with the narrative thread that ties it together, the search for granny's secret. Unfortunately, the thread is actually a trail of breadcrumbs that granny painstakingly planted all around the solar system. It's one thing to acquaint readers with an unfamiliar world through the investigation of a crime (as in "The Prefect" or "House of Suns"), and it's something else entirely to drag the reader through a chain of deliberately designed puzzles a la "National Treasure". The former can feel organic, but the latter is always silly and artificial. That's OK in the "Indiana Jones" films, but not in a serious novel.
The second problem has to do with the novel's apparent bad guys, two Akinya cousins who are supposed to be prime movers in the family business. If they're such big mucky-mucks, how do they justify spending so much time pestering, insulting, badgering, and sneering at Geoffrey and Sunday? Why would they bother? Like far too many fictional characters in stories that authors wish to drag out, they make make many threats and issue lots of "You'll be sorry!" warnings without explaining anything. Do they know something that Geoffrey and Sunday don't? Do they have a nefarious secret agenda? The answers, which you'll have to discover for yourself, will make you want to tear your hair out.
Alastair Reynolds has mellowed considerably since the first three "Revelation Space" novels. His more recent protagonists are not completely reckless, they're not mass murderers, and they don't go around dismembering people for giggles. Granny might be difficult, and she may skirt the law, and she may take ridiculous risks, but she's still a family woman. Geoffrey and Sunday may have been born rich kids, but they're not driven by greed and they don't live decadent lives of privilege. I frankly like the older, nastier, rawer Reynolds better than this kinder and gentler version, but I am still awed by the force of his imagination and the strength of his writing. I read the book compulsively, most of it in a single sitting, and I was never bored, and I never felt more than mildly annoyed by its weaknesses. Definitely recommended.
In the end, this is a very contemporary blend of near future science-fiction. Africa has emerged as a flourishing continent from global warming. Humans are augmented by neural computer interfaces and genetically enhanced to the point of underwater dwelling transhumans. The setting includes colonies on the Moon and Mars with golems (or robots) as some sort of remote proxies of people bordering on the singularity theme at some point and self-developing machines.
The protagonists are jumping to conclusion a little too easily during most of their solar system paper chase and I'm not fully convinced that this is completely and well motivated. It may be that this will become clearer at a later point. I usually prefer a concise style of writing that doesn't explain everything and all in minute detail. I was somewhat disappointed though, when Alastair Reynolds took the easy way out of explaining a few of his technological inventions which is where he usually shines. This background deserved more exploration in many parts. The characters, although not strictly stereotypical, are too transparent for a large part. That I could not relate to Geoffrey until the very end may have been on purpose and could be attributed to the advancements of humanity in general, but it is never made entirely clear.
Altogether, this is a solid science-fiction book. It is entertaining and has some twists and turns that should keep the reader hooked until the very end. Expectations are usually high for Alastair Reynolds and the few imperfections wouldn't carry significant weight for any other author, so I won't be too harsh with him. And I am definitely looking forward to the next installment in this trilogy.