Absolution Gap (spoilers!) Warning: this page has many spoilers for Revelation Space, Chasm City, Redemption Ark and Absolution Gap by Alastair Reynolds. Absolution Gap Alastair Reynolds Victor Gollancz UK Hardcover First ISBN Publication Date: Pages; £ Date Reviewed. Alastair Reynolds continues his Revelation Space series with this “first-rate work of science fiction, a thoroughly modern space opera full of dangers and marvels.

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I make sure not to blame the content on the narrator. It’s a disappointment, yes, but one I can live with, especially since there are other books, short stories, and novellas set in the Revelation Space universe for me to have for dessert.

If I hadn’t read this on a Kindle, I would have been tempted to throw the book across the room in frustration upon finishing it. It wasn’t very congruent and felt like a standalone book rather than a sequel.

Absolution Gap

Not the mysterious ‘shadow’ entity that is referenced throughout the book. Bap suggest his short stories. It absollution possible that the Exordium messages were transmitted using the same technology or even the same implementation as underlies the Grubs’ instant communications system.

Reynolds’ third novel ‘Absolution Gap’ picks up the story of the survivors of ‘Redemption Ark’ not long after their arrival on the planet Ararat. I just liked the short story collections. The author also helpfully indicates the year number and location of the setting at the beginning of each chapter, I really appreciate this because it keeps the timelines untangled. It is not that often for a book to suck me into it so much, driving my whole conscience to the point of developing dominant ideas about it.

I also have the short-story and novella collections set in the same universe waiting on my kindle and anticipate wolfing them down pretty soon. Vasko would be the protagonist of any other standard space opera, but Reynolds completely loses interest in him about two-thirds of the way through, and his POV just vanishes – even though laastair is still a central character zlastair audience stand-in!



Seen in combination with the whole series it really was a great book. This is a review of Absolution Gap, but it speaks to the whole RS trilogy, and it contains spoilers about all three books.

October Learn how and when to remove this template message. It makes us look back and see how flimsy some of the plotlines What a disappointment! A literal and figurative example of the phrase? More than once it has struck Quaiche that if human beings really grasped how synthetic their world was – how much of it was stitched together not from direct perception, but from interpolation, memory, educated guesswork – they would go quietly mad.

Lets just say i Have you ever wondered what it would be like for a mostly unaugmented human to make love to a cyborg who was more machinery than biology?

absolutkon Reynolds creates a world with enough mystery to keep us reading breathlessly but hap enough within the framework of the series to provide an enjoyable enlargement of our understanding of his vision. I do not believe planets simply cease to exist without a good reason.

Well one of the Ultras in this book goes there. Read this, then pretend the rest never happened. The former type of series may start with an intriguing promise, but soon seems to lose sight of the end of the story. More By and About This Author. Their universe has been consumed by a rogue terraforming agent absplution they are trying to join Rashmika’s. And what about other measures? Love to know what you think of this one when done.

From Revelation to Absolution: The promin One of the very best aspects of the Revelation Space series is that each of the four books in this series Chasm City must be read as They’re both such fascinating characters.

Absolution Gap (spoilers!)

Preview — Absolution Gap by Alastair Reynolds. The ending was worthy of the characters, and it left me in a great place.


You’re not the only one. However, in retrospect some of the problems in the series started to show up about halfway through this book, and the majority of it can be blamed squarely on the writing and apparent lack of editing. But one of rdynolds great satisfactions of any series is seeing the characters change and grow.

The hair-raising rescue involves a tragic sacrifice by one of the characters. She knew that she only loathed and despised these pilgrims because of what what she feared had happened to Harbin.

Coupled with Reynolds’ unusual stipulation of no faster-than-light travel, Reynolds’ universe is hardly inviting. Somewhere I saw these avsolution described as sci-fi noir absolutiob, and I like that description.

I want 10 more RS books. Absolute, blinding devotion to being the most begrudged, stubborn and intractable bitch you can be even when it means your own destruction. It has been a long, long time since I’ve been so, so thoroughly annoyed and disappointed with a book, a long time since I’ve invested so much time in a series which crashed and burned so craptacurlary. deynolds

Reynolds has shown again and again in this series his understanding of the importance of the mystery quotient in science fiction writing. There will be violence – oh yes there will. This book also ended more vaguely than the other books do, and if there is one thing I can generally count on Reynolds for, it’s an ending that lives up to its promise. Absolhtion need to go read the short story Galactic North again for more illumination about the ending.

Although unexpected, the events in this last part have a deeper meaning when ruminate upon, one which cannot be glimpsed by reading the first two.