“Entertaining This is warm hearted science fiction with big ideas.” -Interzone “A thrilling, mind- boggling adventure.” -The Times (UK) “Reynolds’s approach. I think the implication is there that Purslane might be Abigail, but it’s never for sure as Abigail was very careful about all clones being equal. The reason she can’t. Alastair Reynolds’ House Of Suns, shortlisted for the Clarke Award, is a novel of ideas, with all that implies. The space-opera epic throws a.

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One of those books that picks you up and takes you on a journey. In the end, though, Reynolds makes it clear that he has only scratched the surface. Pages to import images to Wikidata.

House of Suns

Give me more of this!! Solid storytelling from Reynolds and a solid performance by audio narrator John Lee combined to make this one of the stand out novels in the Reynolds library.

But, six million years after Gentian dies, humanity is still travelling the galaxy at sub-FTL speeds. Did I mention this story takes place roughly 6 million years in the future? Six stars reynoldz highly recommended. Two of those shatterlings are in love.


It just gets weirder from there. Am I sums only one that feels like immersing youse in an author like that? Reynolds’s interest in this new universe rests, then, in the ways in which it functions: Bewildered by this sudden change of events, Purslane delays in taking action, not sure if she should trust Hesperus, before deciding to ask the ship to detain and eject the robots in the bridge.

Even his Revelation Space series has seemed to me unable to capture that heady buzz.


Purslane and Campion rescued him from Ateshga, an unscrupulous merchant. Substitute cars or planes for the starships and the story could have played out in New York state. Like our heroes, he is interested in clues to the mystery of why the Andromeda galaxy now appears as a blank in the sky and what the recent gleanings from a race of human information archivists may shed on this ominous phenomenon. At the start of the main plot, we follow two of Abigail’s shatterlings, Campion and Purslane, on a collection trip to a couple of planets.

In addition to having a remote endpoint in time and a very long timelineI felt that the scope of this book was far greater than the previous books. Partly, he does this by helping the reader connect to the human feelings that his characters feel, which would be similar regardless of how long one had been around or how far the future extended ahead of them.

The progenitor of almost everything, is a woman Abigailas is her rival Ludmilla Marcellanand there are plenty of others. View all 6 comments.

It makes truth uncertain for the characters and the reader. Anyway, the two POV shatterlings Purslane [female] and Campion [male; yes they are clones alastwir enough hand waving was present to make the clones a bit different from each other] are actually, against all their line’s tradition, romantically involved, likely for several million years.

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Amidst the rise and fall of entire c If it was possible to give this novel 6 stars, I would. Against this rich backdrop, Reynolds sets his main story, which focuses on two clones of the Gentian line, offspring of Abigail Gentian’s desire to seed the galaxy with her own line of long-lived explorers.


Mar 26, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: But Reynolds’s clones are seen to have differing personalities, appearances, and even genders. That means we can finally harness the power of our own planet. But I don’t want to.

I’m in love with this book.

House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds

If Reynolds’s focus has always been his characters, there are undoubtedly points when it becomes either absurd or dishonest to promote our empathy for immortal information gatherers the size of planetoids, golden robots with human arms, or genius-explorer clones operating on personal timelines so extended that they alxstair witnessed thousands of cultures and societies rise and fall like Ferris wheels. To some extent, history is only just beginning as the novel closes.

The central characters are likable and believable and the robot characters are just wonderful. Well, obviously, experience can change everyone, and after 6 million years, sins actually kind of funny that these people are still so fundamentally relatable to readers like us.

This doesn’t seem supportable from the text though. It exists in that sweet spot directly between what you currently understand, and what you are capable of understanding. Turns out to be a good things too, since some unknown force has ambushed the reunion planet, killing off most of Campion and Purslane’s fellow shatterlings.

House of Sunshis latest novel, is his third to be set outside that “franchise” universe, and follows on from a future first glimpsed in the novella “Thousandth Night”