Chill By Elizabeth Bear (Download)
Power vacuum that the remaining Exalts of Rule and Engine both those for and against Perceval s captaincy are scrambling to fill And while the AIs have all been integrated into the new angel it is bothered by enormous black spaces in its awareness of the ship due either to damage or enemy machinationsAnd then a very dangerous prisoner escapes so two teams one led by Tristen the other by Benedick are sent in pursuitThe plot is made p entirely by that pursuit and I found that choice disappointing The entire plot of Dust was Perceval and Rien fleeing through the fascinating landscape of
the half ruined ship to have the entire plot of this one be half ruined ship to have the entire plot of this one be chase through a now much familiar landscape just seemed repetitive There are a couple new and exciting set pieces particularly a scene involving massive intelligent fungi doing something deliciously Communities of Learned Experience unexpected butltimately I felt a bit let down by Bear s imagination What stood out most about Dust for me was how gloriously imaginative the world building was with that thrill behind me this was just another SF action novelOr would have been were it not for the charactersIf there was one flaw in Dust it was that all of the characters were ciphers to me for 23 of the novel Not so here Dust and Chill ended p being mirror images of each other the first all ideas and no character development the second few new ideas but wonderful complex characters with long histories and complicated relationships The chase plot is really just window dressing for internal character driven action as the characters left standing after Dust figure out who they want to be in this new worldUnfortunately window dressing or not the chase plot was still there and it reuired a resolution and that resolution was something of a deus ex machina It also left a pretty significant plot thread dangling as this
is the middle book of a trilogy But for these characters I would forgive a great deal the middle book of a trilogy But for these characters I would forgive a great deal that Elizabeth Bear s Chill is the second in her Jacob s Ladder series I described the first in this series as part of a freuently disorienting occasionally downright trippy always original and thoughtful trilogy Chill was less disorienting except in terms of tracking who the 12 15 central characters were they included siblings of a super family of Exalt good and bad angels AI projections necromancers re evolved creatures baby mammoths and giant carnivorous orchidsI enjoyed Dust but Chill seemed to come together better It faced the evil in the world named it and attempted to rebu. Ar zone Even as Perceval the new captain struggles to come to terms with the traumas of her recent past the remnants of rebellion aboard the ship still threaten the crew’s survivalYet as Perceval’s relatives Tristen and Benedick play a deadly game of cat and mouse in pur.
Elizabeth Bear Ú 1 FREE READA funky mix of medieval knights esting through an incredible artificial space faring habitatI had no idea
what to expect this is one of many second book in theto expect this is one of many second book in the that I ve received as gifts They normally sit on the shelf ntil I ve found the first one However our book stacks are getting ridiculous and my current system is just reading the next book on the heap I didn t feel I was missing much though the characters are suffering from their extended histories and the disasters of the first book This is fixing it afterwards and preventing further chaosIt s a beautiful World That Bear Has Created that Bear has created of nanotechnology and weird whimsy It reminded me powerfully of Brian Aldiss Hothouse one of my favourite books about AUUUUGGHHHHHH there is NO reason that these books should be such a slog but WHAT A SLOG They are chock full of concepts and ideas and WHOA moments but have no depth and no coherence and are as a result painfully boring despite being made from fantastic materials I m so mad I spent the better part of a month nable to finish this instead of reading something else WHAT A WASTE Dust was a fantastic novel that reminded me of Wolfe s Dying Sun series Couched in mythicfantasy language but set far in the future Chill is Dust s seuel and sadly not as good as it s preuelThe world ship Jacob s Ladder has suffered some cataclysm which has left it adrift The crew is at war with each other inside the broken hull After a enforced peace breaks out at the end of Dust the ship sets out again after 500 years Now crippled by damage low on resources the crew must deal with tough decisions And then it looks like someone or something is sabotaging the shipThis book feels both short as in it hasn t covered much ground and rushed as in the final chapter or two and the big reveal all crammed into a chapter or two It feels like she had to pad the middle parts of the novel to expand the book out and then had an editor cut off the last couple of chapters Bear has done great novels but sadly it seems like her seuels always suffer WARNING No spoilers for Chill but plenty of spoilers for DustChill picks p almost directly after Dust ended when the ship is reeling
From The Nova Blast And The Crew Is Reeling Fromthe nova blast and the crew is reeling from of the deaths particularly Rien s sacrifice to bring the new angel an AI integrating all of the splinter AIs that developed when the ship broke down centuries before into existence Perceval is now captain but she is barely functional as she deals with her grief and there is an enormous. Sometimes the greatest sin is survivalThe generation ship Jacob’s Ladder has barely survived cataclysms from without and within Now riding the shock wave of a nova blast toward an ncertain destiny the damaged ship the only world its inhabitants have ever known remains a
Ild a better one Caitlin one daughter in the Conn family when faced with a horrifying decision made by the Builders perhaps The Truth Machine us considered the description of the decision as cynical Cynical What a comforting euphemism to mean deception betrayal the treacherousse of the faith of hundreds of thousands to lure them to their deaths Kindle 3687Trust appears in the text 45 times and was a rare but growing commodityWill you accept a suirt Easier and faster than speech to allow the angel to simply inject the knowledge into his head Riskier too all sorts of things could come concealed in such code Benedick Nodded Nevertheless Choosing To Trust Trust The Angel Trust nodded nevertheless choosing to trust Trust the angel trust Captain his daughter Trust the world that cradled his bones Kindle 1608Love was dangerous but fruitful You did not love an angel to be safe or in the interests of survival or even because you thought the angel might ever love you back You did not love an angel because you thought you could tame an angel change it make it safe You loved an angel because to love an angel was to touch something larger than yourself and because the process of that touch enlarged you as well Kindle 3198 In Dust the characters were either good or bad while in Chill they were nuanced In one scene Tristen meets his great granddaughter the priestess of the land that his team was travelling through and judged for his crimes by being forced to face them He told her Death is not the only justice I paid for my sins before you met me Lady of the Edenites I am well acuainted with my monstrosities And I have long since learned to live with them which is harder She responded Good enough if nsatisfying Kindle 3379 To me this is a satisfying conclusion than manyHis sister Arianrhod the most obviously evil member of the family is caught at the end She was released Cynric yet another sister arguing What has she done that s worse than you or me Kindle 4309 Fair enoughThis series reminds me of Zelazny s Prince of Amber series although the tone is very different There the demi god siblings killed each other at a drop of a
hat and often joked In Chill their ship has just escapedand often joked In Chill their ship has just escaped apocalypse There are fewer opportunities to laughIf I were to ask for one thing I would ask for a genealogy or an activated X Ray feature on my Kindle especially as the Conn family was complicated intermarried long lived and might take different forms across time Tracking their relationships was often difficult In fact I probably misidentified some relationships in this review Mea culp. Suit of a traitor through a vast ship that is renewing itself in strange and dangerous ways an even insidious threat is building in a place no one ever thought to look And this implacable enemy could change the face of the ship forever if a ragtag band of heroes cannot stop.