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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Nowadays this book would be split into two in order to make more money and all so I miss the days of these page behemoths and not having to wait a year to finish a story originally meant for one book because of greedy publishers. Tanner is for example infected with a virus that makes people join a certain religious cult, so even that part of his identity is not truly his own.

External links Edit Extract from the novel. Chazm, with his Reyno,ds. He’s aided or threatened—or both, at different times—by a host of human and not-quite-human characters. The city — Chasm City — lost its great future and tries to build a new one from the ruins. Tanner tracks his desired target to Chasm City where a plague occurred seven years prior to the opening of the book. Mar 31, Tudor Ciocarlie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Reynolds uses some inventive methods, or at least clever twists on older methods, for revealing both the characters’ pasts and the history of the worlds in which the story is set.

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Cool ideas here include an in-depth consideration of a generation ship-type mission, cith different take on cybernetic implants, musings on the psychological impact of virtual immortality and a richly imagined post-plague dystopia.

The alastari does not shy away from the darkness. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. It is no more than the old theme of “boy avenges the murder of his loved one”.


Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. The virus was fatal, killing the host.

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 dhasm. 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.

I felt betrayed, disorientated, dislocated.

Chasm City

Read more Read less. The main trilogy Revelation Space, Redemption Ark, Absolution Gap featured a lot of good hard SF world-building, but was heavily weighed down by clunky characters, dialogue, and extremely bloated page-count.

In this chaos of plague and desolation, Tanner seeks his prey, only to discover that Reivich is more clever than he originally thought. May 18, Emily rated it liked it Shelves: Chasm City has some Revelation Space theme to it, but you couldn’t be faulted in thinking that there were two Alastair Reynolds in the authoring world.

Like the first Revelation Space book, the first half of the book was build up with the second half ramping up the pace with twists and counter twists that will have your mouth hanging open – well mine was anyway.

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Basically you, who is reading this review. That being said, the plot was interesting. Like the melding plague, it has grown a life of its own in my memory to insinuate an extra star in this review.

Email Address never made public. I read this because Alistair Reynolds is my teenage son’s favourite author. It’s a great sci-fi book, maybe one of ciyy best of this century. A virus that was a chimera of machinery and biology that melded implants and machines to flesh.

That is xity in any way meant to be a glib statement – I think all of us who like to read can say that we have encountered many plot twists that xlastair of a similar nature, many clever narrative modes which yet feel as if they pertain to a common class, many beautifully crafted and unique characters.


Its a mind blowing thrill ride all the way through. Obviously as the book progresses, the links between these different stories gradually emerge.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. It honest to God changed the way I look at science fiction. The plot was intriguing, the characters were interesting and if Chasm City wasn’t fascinating enough on it’s own we also get the back story of the first generation ships to leave the Solar System on a centuries long mission to colonize Journey’s End or what would become more commonly known as Sky’s Edge.

This guy has the perfect toolkit for writing science fiction: Overall, the story was interesting and there were lots of parts that had my attention. We see reynoldd journey through the eyes of arguable the most intriguing character of the book, Sky Haussmann, Captain of the Santiego rrynolds a story that will see us encounter among other things, psychotic dolphins, cyborg terrorists, a ghost ship, betrayals and atrocity – and that’s not even the best parts.

But traveling all the way to Antwerp from Leiden is a bit too much to ask for a single book, hehe. View Full Version of PW.

The story is framed and largely written in the voice of Tanner Mirabel, a rather dull security expert who has come to Chasm City to avenge the death of his former client at reynolsd hands of a “postmortal” named Argent Reivich. Until recently I used to be a completionist: Some of my books and stories are set in a consistent f I’m Al, now a Goodreads author. Relying on his own combat skills and hard-boiled attitude, Tanner keeps seeking revenge even though he begins to wonder why he’s doing it, especially after intrusions of other people’s memories lead him to suspect he’s not who he thinks he is.