“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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The book introduces a mystery early on, which blossoms into a full-blown puzzle, and then a nicely realised, galaxy-threatening race to discovery of a long-forgotten past. The novel may be filled with rich ideas, but neither of the two leads compels interest and the relationship between them is underdeveloped. Purslane accompanies them to her ship, where she must be physically present to give the ship order to transfer control over to the robots.

The actors travel huge intra-galactic distances and take tens of thousands of years or more to do so. Reynolds announced the title on 7 Junewhen he was about halfway through writing it. They are explorers, reunited after circumnavigating the galaxy in order to share the knowledge they’ve collected.

Aug 09, Michael rated it it was amazing Recommended to Michael by: This doesn’t seem supportable from the text though. Campion and Purslane — two shatterlings who have fallen in love and shared forbidden experiences — must determine exactly who, or what, their enemy is, before th Six million years ago, at the dawn of the star-faring era, Abigail Gentian fractured herself into a thousand male and female clones, which she called shatterlings.


House o the sun? But Reynolds’s clones are seen to have differing personalities, appearances, and even genders. The long-winded, page-filling, static dialogue as too-often seen in previous full novels, is blessedly absent here.


Despite Reynilds warning, Campion and Purslane approach the reunion system to look for survivors. And, of course, the ancient machinery of the vanished Krell… I hope that House of Suns functions as suuns independent novel. But the fact that Reynolds gives us a theory of why this Supervoid exists and at the same time answers the question of Constant C limitations -why we can’t go faster than the speed of light without creating uncomfortable paradoxes that the universe cannot allow to happen, is amazing.

It can make the reader feel somewhat underwhelmed in the first third, but the final third makes up for it every time.

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Tens of thousands of human civilizations reynolda risen and fallen. I have a question about content. Each subsequent chapter is narrated from the first-person perspective of two shatterlings named Campion and Purslane, alternating between them each chapter.

What this produces is a structured universe in which individuals may only wiggle for their room. I wish I could give a sixth star! That was both a blessing and a curse. They meet once every two hundred thousands years the time it takes to years to circumnavigate the galaxy and visit a hundred systems along the way to celebrate, compare stories and integrate all their experience in their common records.

For more information, see our about page. I came at the book having already written a novella, Thousandth Nightset in something like the same universe of House of Suns.

Reynolcs idea of reading a bizarre story about cloned male and female “shatterlings” of a single person that travel in “circuits” around the galaxy which last roughly, oh aboutyears or so was too much for me at the time of the novel’s publication in The memory may stay repressed, absolutely closed to both conscious and unconscious recall. Despite the common memory starting out as Abigail, there is no sense of incest as the cloning process included rendering of diversity in biological form, gender, and personality.


There is no doubt that Reynolds is a writer with a talent for creation—several of the cultures on show in House of Sunsparticularly the Vigilance and the clone lines themselves, are memorable and fascinating.

Reynolds explores the ways in which information suppression twists the world and the personae of the people living in it, finding the flip-side expression of the joy of investigation for its own sake on show in Alastaair Renfrew’s earlier search for a unifying theory.

It just abruptly stops. We had shared memories… I could taste and feel her other lovers… each experience reaching away like a reflection in a hall of mirrors, diminishing into a kind of carnal background radiation, a sea of sensuous experience.

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Who’s at fault here? That said, most of the science and inventions are explained quite clearly and still comes across as ingenious.

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. Sep 18, Ric rated it it was amazing.

The Lines do not inhabit planets, but instead travel through space, holding reunions after alxstair performed a “circuit” of the galaxy; something that takes aboutyears.