Alastair Reynolds redefines Hell in this award-winning novel that confirms him as “the most exciting space opera writer working today”(Locus). The once-utopian. Alastair Reynolds redefines Hell in this award-winning novel that confirms him as “the most exciting space opera writer working today”(Locus). Chasm City is a stand alone novel by author Alastair Reynolds, set in the Revelation Space universe. It deals with themes of identity, memory, and.

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Chasm City

And the most beautiful part – the atmosphere. There are parts of this story reynolfs I reunolds enjoyed and would happily give four stars and then there are great rafts of it that I found dull and couldn’t wait for the chapter to end.

Artificial intelligence is one such trigger for me; identity is another. Although it is sometimes labelled as Revelation Space book 2, he reckoned this was the best book and has the advantage of being readable as a standalone story. By the end of the book, we’re not so much surprised as relieved that any given plot point has been resolved, and in the end that weakens what could have been a much stronger story.

Notify me of new comments via email. The three stories are all interesting and two of the arcs are historical to the first as characters begin to xlastair their memories back of past traumatic events.

Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds

For me, 4 and 5 star books are things that I would like to read again, they are books I loved, and books I would recommend to others. I am not exaggerating when I use the term encyclopedia. It dismays me that I cannot tell you more, but if I did, I’d ruin a seismic shift in reading experience for you. Jun 18, Chris Berko rated it it was amazing.


View all 9 comments. Add all three to Cart Add fity three to List. Archived from the original on 2 April I give it TWO STARS for further delving into the Revelation Space world, and for being well-written at a sentence-by-sentence level, but needs much editing and plot-tightening to become a truly engaging novel. Retrieved from ” https: The likes of Quirrenbach, Zebra, Chantarelle, etc.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Reynolds transmutes space opera into a nourish, baroque, picaresque mystery tale. And nano machinery that made art of buildings was infected to transform the city into something grotesque and treelike. The focus is a lot narrower, which is what I think allows him to dwell more on the societal construct that I found so fascinating.

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But I will stop now before I say too much. Everywhere we see signs of decay and collapse, as the machinery that mankind has painstakingly developed over centuries rebels against humans and taken on a life of its own.

This one was fun. Now, with the entire city corrupted -from the people to the very buildings they inhabit- only the most wretched sort of existence remains. As Mirabel powers through the city spouting lines from 20th detective fiction, as his own sense of self unravels along with the plots spun by Reivich and other, more incomprehensible entities the maze that the reader is being taken into becomes deeper than the reader could have suspected.

May 18, Emily rated it liked it Apastair These reads do not always work for me, for example I was unable to warm to Revelation Spacebut even when they don’t, there is no doubt that Alastair is a bright guy, who manages to blend astrophysical knowledge and writing skill into a richly textured fictional alastaair of transhumanism.


While his exposition gets to be extensive, and the technobabble overwhelming, through those things he establishes an unmistakable command of his material, something more science fiction writers need to establish.

The narrator’s tough-guy stance works too, both as an expression of Tanner’s personality and vhasm a defensive reaction to the setting’s intimidating strangeness. In large part because there’s a lot, but not a lot new, happening here.

It is an excellent sci-fi yarn with awesome ideas, it is a Memento-like who-the-fuck-is-who mystery, and at it’s basest level it is an old fashioned revenge tale; and I chask every minute of it. And this i like very much. A c Chasm City. In the midst of chawm hunt, he begins experiencing virus-induced flashbacks from the life of Sky Haussmannthe founder of his home world, Sky’s Edgewho is both revered and reviled for the crimes he committed for his people.

Like the melding plague, it has grown a life of its own in my memory to insinuate an extra star in this review. I’m Al, now a Goodreads author.

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But the stakes are raised when his search brings him face to face with a centuries-old atrocity that history would rather forget. This works on so many different levels. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. But that’s not the idea at the center of this novel either.