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Terminal World

By: Alastair Reynolds
Narrated by: John Lee
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Summary

Spearpoint, the last human city, is an atmosphere-piercing spire of vast size. Clinging to its skin are the zones, a series of semi-autonomous city-states, each of which enjoys a different - and rigidly enforced - level of technology. Following an infiltration mission that went tragically wrong, Quillon has been living incognito, working as a pathologist in the district morgue.

But when a near-dead angel drops onto his dissecting table, Quillon's world is wrenched apart one more time. If Quillon is to save his life, he must leave his home and journey into the cold and hostile lands beyond Spearpoint's base, starting an exile that will take him further than he could ever imagine. But there is far more at stake than just Quillon's own survival, for the limiting technologies of the zones are determined not by governments or police but by the very nature of reality---and reality itself is showing worrying signs of instability.

©2010 Alastair Reynolds (P)2010 Tantor

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"A rousing adventure in a widly original setting." ( Guardian, UK)

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Terminal World

This book captures the imagination and the author moulds the very diverse characters seamlessly. By the time I reached the end I felt like the characters were family and found myself rooting for a great ending, which it delivered. I also felt I knew every inch of the extremely foreign landscapes and zones. Best read I have had in ages

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A compelling read

I am new to Alistair Reynolds' books, in fact I have only started listening to them since having audible.

I really enjoyed this title. Great story, with a thoroughly steam punk edge, air ships and all.

Clever concept and way of moving through different locations. Good protagonist and some endearing supporting characters.

Overall a good science fiction / steam punk read!

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disappointing

Alastair Reynolds has written some top-notch sci-fi - 'Revelation space', 'Chasm City',and 'The Prefect' being my particular favourites. but he produces duds as well and 'Terminal World' is, in my view, nowhere near his best work.

The sci-fi backdrop is just not convincingly plausible and lacks an imaginative sense of wonder, the plot is confused, narrative momentum is choppy, and I just didn't find the characters engaging.

To cap it all, the narrator Stepehen Lee, who is normally very good, has an off day on this book. His narration lacks variation in pace and tone, and his characterisation and handling of dialogue is very stiff and wooden. Maybe the book defeated him.

So disappointing.

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Dirigible Adventure

Fast paced story set in a very different future world. I liked the idea of a wholly airborne community (The Swarm). Characters a bit two dimensional. Fairly well narrated..

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Enjoyable

Having read a number of Alastair Reynolds books, I took this as a new series. Unfortunately although the book would be a great start it has not been carried on and has been left open at the end. Well worth a listen or read though

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Amazing

Loved it. The zones very an interesting concept. Probably gonna be continued as the book ends like that.

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When it get going it’s very good

As others have said this one is a slow burner with the story and characters taking awhile to develop, however once it gets going it is a hard book to stop listening to.
John Lee’s narration style is quite brusque but one I am used to and his variation of accent and tone to differentiate characters make it easy to understand which party is speaking with having to wait for a verbal prompt.
All in all very a enjoyable listen …

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Amazing story

I was a bit worried that the reason for the steampunk vibe would be disappointing

The “reason” is epic and almost brought a tear to my eye

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Terminal World

After reading this author's Revelation Space series of books I was hooked on this author's style & approach to space opera SciFi. Whilst not as free roaming as his space operas, this novel contains the same rich plot element ideas & earthy character development. Always digging deeper into lost Alien & technological mysteries, you discover more layers of the onion being peeled away through the journey the main characters take. Never shown the full picture from the start, but rewarded enough as you read through, so as not to be frustrated & ending in ultimate climactic knowledge of the true nature of terminal world.

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enjoyed, but not Reynolds best

as always, enjoyed the deep time aspects, but too often there was very pat "this character just happens to know the answer" dialogue

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