Young, fit, bitter, and friendless, Hayden Griffin is a very dangerous man. He's come to the city of Rush in the nation of Slipstream with one thing in mind: to take murderous revenge for the deaths of his parents six years ago. His target is Admiral Chaison Fanning, head of the fleet of Slipstream, which conquered Hayden's nation of Aerie years ago. And the fact that Hayden's spent his adolescence living with pirates doesn't bode well for Fanning's chances.
©2006 Karl Schroeder (P)2008 Macmillan Audio
"Fantastical." (Publishers Weekly)
"Outrageously brilliant and absolutely not to be missed." (Kirkus Reviews)
A genuinely great and novel setting, but the characters and dialog often cause me to cringe. The book could do with quite a bit of polish.
"A visual feast for your mind"
The images evoked by this book will blow your mind. Vast, open three-dimensional spaces filled with a combination of far-future biotech and robotics and 17th-century wooden sailing ships. Cylindrical wooden towns rotating for gravity, artificial suns, hollowed-out lakes in the sky with airship pirate hideouts lurking inside...
Karl Schroeder has written something really fresh here. Though it's brilliantly creative science fiction, Sun of Suns feels like a swashbuckling pirate adventure. The characters, if not the deepest ever penned, are fun, realistic, and memorable. All in all, a great listen, perfect for the audiobook format.
Two caveats. The first is that the narrator does not do a lot of different voices. The second is that this is very much the first in the series, so be prepared for the inevitable cliffhanger.
Clearly inspired by Larry Nivens Ringworld this series is a masterpiece of world building. Imagine a gigantic breathable gas giant with a manufactured sun in the middle that interrupts certain technology. There is no gravity except that created by the centrifugal spinning of wheels, pirates with cutlasses and muskets in ships that soar across the three-dimensional gas sea attacking the unsuspecting trader, mushroom farmers on minute pieces of rock.
A magnificent adventure.
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