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Of Fire And Night (2006)

Of Fire and Night (2006)
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3.91 of 5 Votes: 1
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0446577189 (ISBN13: 9780446577182)
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Of Fire And Night (2006)
Of Fire And Night (2006)

About book: The threads are coming together as the battle ramps up. This kind of plot always feels a bit contrived of course - how realistic is that the good guys scramble together a sufficient defense with just enough time to spare? Timing tends not to be symmetrical, and this aberration is all the more exposed when the weaponry power is so starkly asymmetric, particularly as far as humanity is concerned. But, and it's a big but, there's plenty of suspense involved in the how: the emerging alliance of elementals and good terraforms forecasts romance over tragedy, but the many intrigues, deceptions and blind spots in the respective parties makes for compelling reading. It also seems that most of the stories belong to those who will end up being survivors - true enough to who writes history, but another asymmetry, which in this case constrains the suspense.By taking time to unravel a complex plot, there is ample time to explore elements of ordinary existence. The difference between management and leadership. The benefits and risks of human independence and disunity and the same for deeply engrained unity and single-mindedness. Is evil inevitably rooted in irrational hatred and thereby destined to fail for the same reason? Is human programming any less deterministic than that we might conceive for intelligent machines? None of these are obligatory parts of the story - there are no Tolstoyan asides on philosophical matters - but they shape the characters and storyline to create tension at the plot level and depth should a reader choose to reflect further. (I know that classical texts are the preferred source for literary analysis in schools, but often requires deep immersion before adequate thought can take place. Could effective analysis not occur by using texts which are easily accessed but capable of facilitating deeper reflection?)This should be the series' climax, but there are two more books left. I am not disappointed that there are more, however, I am concerned that some of the chapters which barely progress the story and to this point are minor, may become more frequent as each plot line is wound down to a fitting end. Perhaps. At the very last there's a hint which suggests that the pace may not recede too much.

I have heard a lot of glowing reviews for Mr. Anderson's works, and figured I would start with the Saga of Seven Suns anthology since the premise was right up my SciFi alley. I was severely disappointed. While the basis of the stories was interesting and held great promise, the excruciating details of people, conversations and relationships turned me off. When there was action to be had, it was limited to very little writings, and had none of the depth as in the rest of the book. I 'read' this as an audiobook, and if you didn't pay attention at the right time (even for a second or two), you would completely miss the action sequences. However, you could easily fast forward a few chapters and still get all the details needed for the many and ever growing cast of characters. Why invest in character and relation development (or rather, pages upon pages of descriptive text), only to have that character killed off? I painstakingly suffered through 5 of the books, hoping each would get better, but they got worse. If I had to read the pages instead of listening to the audiobook, I would have probably thrown it away.
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Nor'dzin Pamo
This is better than book 4 of the series and comes to a satisfactory conclusion. I was tempted to stop reading at this point as some of the major story lines were resolved, but have now decided to see it through for all seven books - even though I feel a little taken advantage of. It did not need to be 7 books, but it's a nice money spinner for the author. There was a bit of a feeling of 'how can there be 2 more books' while reading it, and then 'oh no another story line has begun' at the end. It is easy reading though and an enjoyable story, though I do resent the £42 I will have spent on it altogether for the Kindle versions when it could easily have been only 4 books.
Vicky
Coming into a series near the end is never a good thing, but it does give one a unique perspective. When I first starting reading this book, I was completely confused. Even the author’s “The Story So Far” prologue did not help. But my initial confusion soon gave way to enlightenment. Anderson’s character development and world creation are so good that you lose yourself in the story without really knowing – or even really caring – what has happened so far.With each chapter devoted to a different set of characters – and there are a lot of them – you would think you’d forget what was going on by the time you cycle back around, but within a sentence or two, you know exactly where you are and what is going on. If I were to map out the plot and subplots with colored pens, there would be a myriad of colors all intertwining. To give specific character information in this review would be too involved for this short space. Essentially, the story is about many worlds and as many sentient beings uniting to fight a common enemy – the hydrogues. But within the alliances lie deceit and betrayal as different factions attempt to further their own interests. Case in point, you have the Ildirans, led by Jora’h, supposedly aligning with the hydrogues. Jora’h must agree to help destroy humans or risk being destroyed. He has nothing against humans, but the ultimatum has been issued. But then there are the Theroc’s with their world trees, the water entity wentals, the Roamers, and several other factions who are aligning against the hydrogues. They don’t necessarily like the humans, but we’re better than the hydrogues. Oh, and don’t forget the rampaging compies – computerized robot armies in revolt. There is a lot going on in this book.If you enjoy lengthy space sagas, this would be a good book to pick up, but I strongly urge you to read the previous four first. It’s not absolutely necessary, but would probably be helpful.
Heather
The fifth book in the Saga of Seven Suns is arguably the best yet.The pacing of this book increased tenfold from the previous four. There is hardly a moment of inaction in the entire 550 pages. And yet, amid the battles and epic plots, the characters remain central to the story, giving the events an emotional resonance too often lost in the flurry of sci-fi action.At first, I was sure that the characters where kidding themselves about the “last battle” against the hydrogues. They are the ultimate enemy, and I had assumed that the final battle wouldn’t come until book seven. Anderson, however, decided to defy convention again. This book truly does conclude the hydrogue war. I won’t say how it ends or who survives, but it is a battle every bit as epic as the Saga of Seven Suns.The end of the hydrogue war is not the end of the Spiral Arm’s problems, however. There were more enemies than just the hydrogues, and it is their turn to take center stage …
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