The Children of the Sky : Zones of Thought

  • Par Vernor Vinge
  • Lu par Oliver Wyman
  • Séries : Zones of Thought
  • 27 h 47 min
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After nearly twenty years, Vernor Vinge has produced an enthralling sequel to his memorable best-selling novel A Fire Upon the Deep.
Ten years have passed on Tines World, where Ravna Bergnsdot and a number of human children ended up after a disaster that nearly obliterated humankind throughout the galaxy. Ravna and the pack animals for which the planet is named have survived a war, and Ravna has saved more than one hundred children who were in cold-sleep aboard the vessel that brought them.
While there is peace among the Tines, there are those among them - and among the humans - who seek power… and no matter the cost, these malcontents are determined to overturn the fledgling civilization that has taken root since the humans landed.
On a world of fascinating wonders and terrifying dangers, Vernor Vinge has created a powerful novel of adventure and discovery that will entrance the many readers of A Fire Upon the Deep. Filled with the inventiveness, excitement, and human drama that have become hallmarks of his work, this new novel is sure to become another great milestone in Vinge’s already stellar career.

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"Vinge is undeniably one of the greatest hard science fiction writers to put pen to paper, and he can easily be compared to such greats as Arthur C. Clarke, Poul Anderson, or Stanislaw Lem." (Wired)
"[T]he near-perfect balance of science fiction's twin traditions of wild speculation and high-intensity storytelling.... Vinge's explosive imagination and deft storytelling make epics zip past like hummingbirds - you'll steal daytime moments to read more, and lie awake at night contemplating what you've read." (BoingBoing.net)

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Such a shame...

First off, the voice performance is really good.

But the story... I wasn't expecting it to be so bad. I finished it because I liked the other 2 books in the series. But now I regret it.

Some spoilers ahead...

The characters are drooling idiots that I just couldn't buy. You've got tycoon, the richest pack in the world that is also as naive as a 5 year old. Then, you've got the spoiled brats of geniuses that are so stupid as to deny evidence of the blight on pure belief. And to top it all, you've got the main characters that get played by these morons and that in general seem to be unable to talk in front of these deniers.

The whole book left me with a sense of frustration as if I had the sit at diner with a climate change denier, a holocaust denier and some conspiracy theorist and not be able to talk.

The book also lacks any scifi elements, any technology being delivered miraculously by the ship like some wizard.

I don't even care it doesn't build on the universe created in the previous 2 novels. I don't mind new directions in a story. But this one is a total miss and it even has the guts to leave us without an ending. Vinge obviously plans another book in this series.
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  • Date de publication : 12-10-2011
  • Éditeur : Macmillan Audio