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He stopped working as an astrophysicist for the European Space Agency to become a full-time writer. Help Centre. Track My Order. My Wishlist Sign In Join. Aurora Rising Gollancz S. By: Alastair Reynolds. Be the first to write a review. Add to Wishlist. In Stock. Unable to Load Delivery Dates. Enter an Australian post code for delivery estimate.


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Feel nothing for these characters 5: Fully engaged with the characters, believable. Great character builds. There are probably 5 solid characters in this that you really start to get to know and feel for. I think the development of both Dreyfus and Ng was excellent as they both developed and changed as the story went on. Once again Reynolds writes a great Pig character, for those of you who have read Revelation and enjoyed Scorpio will be happy to meet Sparver. There are only a few crucial moments during the story that have you on the edge of your seat, the rest is a long build up to the ending.

If you have never read any of Reynolds before, this is a good enough place to start. You could easily read this and then go read Revelation Space. View all 8 comments. My third read in the Revelation Space universe and they have all been 4 stars. I think I still like Revelation Space the best but I haven't had a miss yet. Like so many of Reynolds' novels it seems to end with a bit of a whimper, the climaxes are definitely cerebral rather than epic which is good but usually that means I can never quite get to the 5 star rating.

Regardless it was a captivating story based in a complex, believable universe. The strengths are the MC and the various bits of the universe Reynolds keeps alive, Ultras, Conjoiners, The glitter band all awesome. Unlike most series written out of order I think I would recommend people read this in universe chronology order. I think several parts of The Prefect would make Chasm City more impactful but that is one, lone readers opinion.

View all 5 comments. In this one I went from 4 stars down to 3 stars and then back to 4. There are strong characters, a sturdy world universe The plot however started to fray badly about halfway through the book. I felt like he'd strewn his conspiracy laden plot out into a few too many strands and then let the strands sort of get out of control.

The story lost focus and even began to wear a little thin out at the edges as he shifted from place to place, view to view, and character to In this one I went from 4 stars down to 3 stars and then back to 4. The story lost focus and even began to wear a little thin out at the edges as he shifted from place to place, view to view, and character to character. BUT he got control back hammered it back into shape and the book came together nicely. I can safely say I liked it. This is the first Reynolds book that I've read and I read it out of order.

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It's the 5th in his Revelation Space set. It might have helped if I'd read the others first. It does end as if there will be more Pretty good read, if space opens up on my "to be read" list fat chance I may add some more of Reynolds books. Mar 26, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: space-opera , transhumanism , sci-fi , worldbuilding-sf.

I was wondering how the trilogy would hold up in comparison to a kind-of prequel, and was delighted to see a greater exploration of Aurora in the hey-day of humanity's triumph. Even more, I enjoyed seeing the stakes for what they were and the premonitions of things to come. As a police procedural, it was a much better book, in my humble opinion, than Chasm City, although both had their definite charms.

The stakes are always high in these books, as is the body count. I've now got my Reynolds swee I was wondering how the trilogy would hold up in comparison to a kind-of prequel, and was delighted to see a greater exploration of Aurora in the hey-day of humanity's triumph. I've now got my Reynolds sweet tooth and have got to have more. I don't know what to expect next, and don't even know if he'll be remaining within the same universe as these other 5 books that I've devoured, but I'm in full-enjoyment mode, now. Apr 05, Roy rated it liked it.

I havent read many books by this author but I always tell myself I should. This sounded like my thing, a sort of harder than normal scifi with police procedural elements. The start was excellent with the build up and the world building as well as the crime or issue that arises. My issue though comes into the characterisation. I just felt like everyone was overly similar and I felt that Dreyfuss was that exciting.

It felt like two books, with the 2nd half having pretty cliched dialogue and resolu I havent read many books by this author but I always tell myself I should. It felt like two books, with the 2nd half having pretty cliched dialogue and resolution or story arcs that just occured because it was needed to progress either the character or story.

Solid but I've read better scifi. I read this because Id heard book 2 was really amazing. Will definitely give book 2 a shot. The Prefect started out rough for me. The characterization was shoddy through the opening act -- the only female viewpoint character, Thalia Ng, was also the only character who seemed to feel any emotion at all, and as she was mainly nervous and afraid her emotions undercut my respect for her as a prefect -- especially as the other prefects whose viewpoints Reynolds showed all appeared calm, cool, collected, and totally in control.

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There were also moments where Reynolds forced the characters to The Prefect started out rough for me. There were also moments where Reynolds forced the characters to have totally artificial-feeling conversations to provide important information to the reader -- not quite conversations of the "Well, as you know, Bill, the Glitter Band is a string of 10, habitats circling the planet Yellowstone" variety, but close. The imaginative scope of The Prefect fell shy for me in the beginning as well. All the best bits of imaginative work had been covered in previous novels set in this universe -- the Ultras and their ships are very minor characters, the Glitter Band and Chasm City are just there as backdrop, and no real prose is spent going over any of their wonders.

The only new bits of imagination are expended on the four habitats that Thalia visits by herself, and they seemed surprisingly juvenile creations -- one consists of people who have given up most of their physical bodies in favor of a total life of the mind, so when they need to walk around they are merely heads in boxes; another is made up of people who have modeled their bodies after various animals and engage in violent jousting tournaments full of claws and teeth, fur and feathers.

That imagery has been done before, and Reynolds himself seemed bored with it, as he switched away from Thalia's perspective after he set each of those habitats up and didn't return to her until she was done dealing with them. But as soon as Thalia arrived at House Aubusson, the novel started picking up speed.

That habitat did show some of Reynolds' usual imagination, and its role in the complicated Demarchist voting system was fascinating to me. And shortly after that point, the final showdown began, and the book started racing towards its finish line.

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From that point I was glued to the page, feeling the tension rising and worrying my own brain at the problem of coming up with a solution to the threat bearing down on Panoply and the Glitter Band. Unfortunately, that point was only pages into a page novel. There is no way for any author to maintain a feverish intensity for the entire last two-thirds.

The only way to pace a novel of that length is to have a mini-climax somewhere in the middle, a ramping down of the tension, and then a second, higher escalation for the true climax at the end. Reynolds had no mini-climax, no ramping down and then re-escalation, so though I raced through the middle section, by the time the story was starting to draw to a close I and the narrative was losing steam.