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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As every other review notes, this book is part of the Revelat We all have triggers, certain topics in our beloved genres that instantly make us sit up and pay attention. The snappy banter like “Try anything and the only kind of composing you’ll be doing is DE-composing!

June 16, at 8: It also stopped me feeling greatly sympathetic to the character, although he seems to become steadily more likeable as the story progresses – until he finally knows who he is and ends the novel determined to make atonement for his sins or search for redemption. Mar 31, Tudor Ciocarlie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Am I me, or a copy of me—an instance of me running on a particular platform? This composition is kind of quirky, but it makes the whole picture very beautiful.

Looking for More Great Reads? This book is a very intricately plotted sf novel with strong element of a noir thriller, but the emphasis is definitely on the sci-fi. View all 19 comments. It was almost as if the character had sat in his cubicle and read every Stainless Steel Rat novel he could find. Decent action scenes, with super hightech gorgeous lithe hunters and grimmey genetically modified pigs that will eat you.

While Chasm City is not any shorter at around pages, it makes much better use of those pages with a fast-paced plot, complicated and dark but intriguing characters, and flashbacks that form a gripping story of their own.


Alastair Reynolds Chasm City Reviewed by Rick Kleffel

Reynolds transmutes space opera into a nourish, baroque, picaresque mystery tale. Two thirds through the novel, he does something with the narrative mode that turned me inside out, and reynolda effect was not diminished for the fact that it was not entirely unpredictable.

Not just the expository stuff. Reynolds, with his Ph. That’s because the scenes that Reynolds creates re so fantastic you’ll want to linger, and you’ll be glad that Reynolds lingers.

Chasm City

John Lee as always does a solid job on the narration — he is well suited to the dark tone of the book and has chemistry with Reynolds ‘ work. Chasm Citya dense forest of mile-high shapeshifting skyscrapers, has melted into a slum.

Suddenly Alastair Reynolds addressed my problem directly and things begin to fall into place. Chasm City is a stand alone novel by author Alastair Reynoldsset in the Revelation Space universe.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here A virus that was a chimera of machinery and biology that melded implants and machines to flesh. For in Chasm CityReynolds has given us a dripping wet, sticky, seedy, smelly shithole of a place to set a story … a city covered in a layer of literal and figurative slime … a city which has no laws except the law of the strong and the weak, the law of the very rich and the very poor… a city inhabited by buildings that have reshaped themselves according to their own arcane will … and the buildings inhabited by people that scrape the bottom of the barrel of human experience and are grateful for the handful of filth they find.

On the face of it, the book may initially seem like a straightforward story of revenge. View Full Version of PW. Did I mention that there’s a nutso, sadistic dolphin, too? Explore the Home Gift Guide. There really isn’t one likeable character in the e I really wish GoodReads did half stars – because I liked this one more than just a “3 rating” would suggest.


To be honest, I read this book to be a completionist. Chasm City is a long book.

Read it Forward Read it first. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. This standalone novel that is a pseudo prequel to the Revelation Space series is different from the rest. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. In my opinion the plot is almost immaterial to the author’s elaborate descriptions of Chasm City, it residences and the circumstances of it’s creation and de-evolution. Chasm City is a city suspended over a huge crevasse on the planet of Yellowstone.

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Use dmy dates from June Pages to import images to Wikidata. It left me cold and miserable.

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Redemption Ark Revelation Ckty. Feb 23, MadProfessah rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: For security operative Tanner M The once-utopian Chasm City -a doomed human settlement on an otherwise inhospitable planet- has been overrun by a virus known as the Melding Plague, capable of infecting any body, organic or computerized.

I read Revelation Space with great interest and then immediately ciyy over Chasm City because it was set decades before the first novel and only loosely related to it. Nov 02, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: I still liked it.

In the early 00s, Alastair Reynolds must have been scribbling furiously, gripped in the fever of imagination. But the stakes are raised when his search brings him face to face with a centuries-old atrocity that history would rather forget.

I must say I am impressed.