People talk a lot about world building and Megan Lindholm did an almost perfect job Maybe even a perfect one It seems seamless original and thorough In addition to that the characters are all very distinct and well developed The science and the systems of her fictional world are crafted just as expertly as the characters Her alien character is the best alien character I have ever read Even though the book has a serious tone there s some excellent dry humor to be found in the text especially in the conversations between Tug and the humansI m really surprised this book h I ve had this book stuffed in my bookshelves with all the other delightful Megan Lindholm novels for decades And finally got around to reading it This is a beautifully written semi introspective science fiction novel featuring original aliens and exploring various aspects of humanity and its place in the universe sort of This book is hard to explain there is so much in it The characters all have personalities there is character development the plot is simple but effective the world building consistent and original the writing sublime poignant and exhilarating It also happens to be a standalone novel This was a very enjoyable reading experience This is a really interesting story set centuries after Earth is abandoned as a dying world The surviving humans now live under the authority of an alien race and have to make sure they don t make an impact on the ecology of the planets they re grudgingly allowed to inhabit John and Connie are mariners travelling and trading on board a living ship when they re given a controversial mission go back to Earth and see if it s all as dead as they authorities claimTheir mission is further complicated by a stowaway hidden away since the days of Earth s evacuation and the fact that their ship is intelligent than anyone will give her credit forThis is a really interesting story that explores a lot of areas including conservation loneliness and what it means to find a place to fit in Highly recommended I m familiar with her work written under the pseudonym Robin Hobb but not the books she wrote as Megan Lindholm before she adopted the new name Since I didn t want really now where to start and she had written Over successive generations the Conservancy has re adjusted man to make him so envir.
At hasn t been filteredBut on the way an ancient stowaway makes contact with the Beastship which shockingly is no dumb beast but yet another sentient species fallen under the dominion of the Arthroplana Her awakening could change everythingAn entertaining sci fi book but I did feel that in pointing out someof the ridiculousness of ecological concerns gone overboard some of the message of the seriousness of those concerns and the importance of balance goes astray Those who have not lived here will return for what was left Its essence will cry out in a voice that cannot be ignored Riding in the balance between war and omnipotence rests all that they would now But they must put aside the ways of adults and be again as children if the door is to open to them They must speak not in the tongues of Men nor of Angels for it will not avail them R Wow Just wow Having snarfed my way greedily through everything else I finally turned in desperation to what I d considered what may be a throwaway I mean Ki and Vandien all of the Six Duchies Rain Wilds and the Liveships They all share a rich historical feel stories from a time long past How could a space story mesh with all that I don t think I was far into the first chapter before all of that fell away Once again this was a fanta Interesting plot and a fully formed cast of characters Several sayings come to mind If it looks too good to be true it s probably is Do on to others as you would have done on to you When looking for a motive alway follow the money You may have to twist or expand on the sayings a little to make them fit but they do if you try As part of my program to go back to the SF of the 80s and 90s I read this novel for the first time even though it graced my bookshelves for longer than I care to remember It s actually uite good as a literary work well written strong characters well balanced plot As a work of SFnot so much It s aliens are simply not alien enough An intelligent parasite is an interesting idea even though it has been done before But an intelligent parasite that reads Nero Wolfe and Sherlock Holmes stories and reacts to them as you and I dono matter how many body segments he has he is a human being in disguise And I read SF to escape humanit. Wever a depleted gene pool now means that a dying Earth has to be repopulated uickly.
Few stand alone novels the choice was easily made especially since I didn t now Mrs Lindholm had ventured into the realms of Science Fiction at some point Reading a few reviews of which mainly Rob s conv This book is truly mind blowing Being very familiar with Hobb s fantasy I never expected her to master such a drastic change of genre and writing style I m happy I was wrong Before getting into the core of the novel let me tell you how big of a pleasure it was to me to read a whole story that fits into a single book from beginning to end something so rare it oughts to be noticedThis novel is a very different type of space opera like you ve never met before Far from big space wars this journey in the galactic emptiness is deeply personal Every character discovers their true self true personality and wishes in a very soft way This softness is what characterizes the whole story you are not thrown away in this completely uniue sci fi universe you are gently led into it as you uncover and understand its mechanisms page by page But the best thing is how deeply relevant it is today despite being written almost 30 years ago Overpopulation climate change technology determinism all resonate with today s world our world as the story opens a big debate about human nature This novel is an unexpected sci fi gem that should reconcile even the most down to earth reader with sci fi Let s just hope Robin Hobb decides to write of it Generations ago an altruistic alien race the Arthroplana rescuedhumanity from the ecological disaster of earth and resettled them ina new system with dire warnings on the necessity of fitting in to thelocal ecology Since then this desire to leave no mark has becomean obsession possibly to the extreme detriment of the human raceThe result of generation of selective breeding has been a race of tinypeople who do not reach puberty until late middle age who are indanger of soon not being able to naturally reproduce at allBut there is a radical element of humans that believe it has all beena big lie that Earth is really fine and that the powers that bedon t want people to now about it They blackmail a man John tosign on to one of the alien Beastships to survey earth and arrange to bring back data th. Onmentally friendly that he no longer breeds or leaves any trace of his existence Ho.
Robin Hobb Her real name is Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden