Absolution Gap (spoilers!) Warning: this page has many spoilers for Revelation Space, Chasm City, Redemption Ark and Absolution Gap by Alastair Reynolds. Absolution Gap Alastair Reynolds Victor Gollancz UK Hardcover First ISBN Publication Date: Pages; £ Date Reviewed. Alastair Reynolds continues his Revelation Space series with this “first-rate work of science fiction, a thoroughly modern space opera full of dangers and marvels.
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And the biggest sin was to have Volyova, a major character for two books now, die offscreen.
Been a few years since I read it but you pretty much sum up my feelings about it. In fact, the Revelation Space series as alaatair whole, as the name implies, does have an element of religious theme to it, but that is a discussion for another day or how about never?
ABSOLUTION GAP – Alastair Reynolds (2003)
The Amazon reviews for that book are some of the worst he’s ever had. Some were even ruined in this book and they acted quite out of character.
However all is not lost. I started off publishing short stories in the British SF magazine Interzone in the early 90s, then eventually branched into novels. Reynolds also provides some long-awaited character satisfaction. Well it’s really 3. Instead we got Absolution Gap which deviates the story.
Reynolds’ prose is dense and poetic. That was a great little twist at the end, that we do survive and spread across the universe in an effort to avoid the Green, but in the end we face extension because of a decision made by a pig.
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Why spend so much time on his backstory establishing him as this murderous, revenge-driven badass, just to have him essentially shrug and become one of the good guys?
It was the kind of thing he would have imagined pointed to if anyone had ever argued that the cosmos must be the result of divine conception.
On to Quaiche, maybe I didn’t understand it all but this guy is behaving very oddly at the end of the book. Fully engaged with the characters, believable. On my shelf, four stars go to books I thought were really very good, and five stars to books I thought were truly exceptional.
A universe this detailed ought to at least be a lot more full than a This is the fourth novel I’ve ready by Alastair Reynolds, and I have to admit that while it took me a bit of time to get into the writing, the effort is never wasted.
He’s left Scorpio, an uplifted pig from Chasm City both the city itself and the novel in charge. If you haven’t read them you probably don’t want to read this page yet.
Quaiche and Grelier his right-hand man leave with Aura, but Quaiche panics and dies falling from the shuttle, whilst Grelier is killed by Brannigan’s hypometric weapon when he tries to hold Aura hostage.
The ending was worthy of the characters, and it left me in a great place. Great ideas, matched by a compelling story. I don’t have a problem with it as a story device when used properly the stand uses it to great effect but it has to be shown or it loses its power. The Greenfly threat is described in detail in the book Galactic North.
I’m not quite convinced by this suggestion but it’s an interesting idea. After a couple thousand pages of series, the entire human-Inhibitor conflict, the ostensible conflict driving the last two books and forming the backdrop of the first, comes to an end Instead, it’s more like the derelict ship found at the beginning of the movie ‘Alien’; dense, filled with a history that the audience can sense without having to experience in detail.
Reynolds is able to create worlds, cities, and societies that have a history the reader can feel but need to actually read about in the hundred or so books that Reynolds could clearly write about the background. There will be violence – oh yes there will.
That the win we achieved was nothing we would have actually hoped for.
Now, the nature alastairr this galaxy he has created reminds us that our perception of the passage of time is quite different from the galaxy’s perception, but even so, there is a race of machines out there destroying mankind, and there is only one real moment in the book where that threat feels real and immediate. I enjoy Reynolds writing style so he gets an extra half star absokution that.
Sep 27, Christian rated it did not like it.
One of the characters he’s been most careful about building has been the Captain, long ago fused into the lighthugger Nostalgia for Infinity by the Melding Plague.
Lists with This Book. The characters created especially for the novel are compelling and well-wrought enough to hold their own against alsstair we’ve known over the previous three novels.