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The Kindly Ones (English Edition) par [Scott, Melissa]
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Longueur : 371 pages Word Wise: Activé Composition améliorée: Activé
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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
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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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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Very slow start 30 mars 2014
Par Sim - Publié sur
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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.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 great writing, good characters, long in plot development 14 décembre 2013
Par John Arnold - Publié sur
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The writing style is great and I enjoyed the character development. I didn't realize the heroes' gender till I was 150 pages in.

It took a long time for the story to develop. Once we got a plot the story picked up the pace and proceeded nicely, but I did wonder for a moment if we'd ever get there.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Thought-provoking and engrosing 15 mai 2013
Par Jennifer Tifft - Publié sur
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Well written, compelling and thought-provoking tale that explores themes of social exile and estrangement. I loved it when it first came out, and it is just as interesting and relevant today.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Brilliant social science fiction 28 avril 2013
Par Don Sakers - Publié sur
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On Orestes, those who transgress the social code are legally dead -- a social death that leaves them as living ghosts, the ultimate outsiders. Melissa Scott explores this thought experiment through well-defined, appealing characters in a fascinating society. Definitely worth reading.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 'Space Opera' About Opera in Space 18 septembre 2010
Par Judah - Publié sur
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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.
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