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The Expert System's Champion (The Expert System's Brother Book 2) Kindle Edition
In Adrian Tchaikovsky's The Expert System's Champion, sometimes the ones you hate are the only ones that can save you.
It's been ten years since Handry was wrenched away from his family and friends, forced to wander a world he no longer understood. But with the help of the Ancients, he has cobbled together a life, of sorts, for himself and his fellow outcasts.
Wandering from village to village, welcoming the folk that the townships abandon, fighting the monsters the villagers cannot—or dare not—his ever-growing band of misfits has become the stuff of legend, a story told by parents to keep unruly children in line.
But there is something new and dangerous in the world, and the beasts of the land are acting against their nature, destroying the towns they once left in peace.
And for the first time in memory, the Ancients have no wisdom to offer...
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"Deliciously creepy... Tchaikovsky’s vision is bizarre, frightening, and wildly imaginative. Readers will be wowed." ―Publishers Weekly starred review
Praise for The Expert System's Brother
“I loved it. A bold, vivid story about humanity and the broader universe. Should we mold the universe to suit us? Or should we mold ourselves to suit the universe? Adrian Tchaikovsky keeps these choices in tension, and kept me riveted to the page.” ―Ramez Naam, author of Nexus
“A great coming-of-age story that careens through a world so vividly realized that you can feel each insect bite and taste every acrid berry. The Expert System’s Brother gives you that visceral eek of satisfaction as its pieces come into view then fit together with exacting precision. It’s a smart story, smartly told.” ―Hugo Award Winner, John Chu
“Tchaikovsky convincingly evokes a world populated with grotesque creatures, rituals, vegetation and mysterious technology that reflects a command of the science fiction genre.” ―Lincolnshire Life Magazine
About the Author
- ASIN : B088Q8RZ18
- Publisher : Tordotcom (January 26, 2021)
- Publication date : January 26, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 744 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 194 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1250766397
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #36,896 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book pacing is just perfect. Every time I thought I have a grip on this fictional planet reality and set myself for continuing with an already a little familiar adventure the new revelation popped out and kept me glued to the pages.
The concept of symbiosis and coexistence of alien and human life was mind blowing and ideas how it was dealt with and how humans were able to survive even more so. All this on top of fascinating alien biology and gripping ideas of adaptation!!! The author made a superb job of describing foreign and difficult concepts the way that they were easy to absorb and made me craving for more.
In short; I loved it. If you liked “Children of Time” you most likely will like this book as well.
I just wish there were a few illustrations and hope it will be made into a movie.
Extremely creative, the world-building and the blending of ecosystems, biology, and zoology, is incredible and absorbingly fascinating. I highly recommend both novels, and I suggest reading them immediately consecutively for best absorption.
There are desperations, desperation in Jalaino, in Handry and in Bain co. And they all handle their desperations differently.
Each species form their societies in their unique ways even the ‘new’ and ‘original’ human who had no experiences to draw from, experimented and tried.
An interesting social study.
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That said, this is still worth reading. Nobody does colonisation quite like Tchaikovsky and the sheer inventive cleverness of the story and the consequent oddity of the inhabitants had me turning to pages to discover what would happen next. Though I’m profoundly grateful I don’t live within an ecosystem that fundamentally is toxic to my body, given the ultimate adaptation that was made to provide humanity with the ability to survive the place. Wasps and snails are involved, for starters… And if Tchaikovsky produces another book set within this remarkable world, I’ll be getting hold of it. Even if this one didn’t emotionally chime with me as much as the previous book – it is still a thought-provoking, enjoyable read.
This, together with its previous instalment is another fine example of Tchaikovsky ’s brilliant talent for building a new, varied and previously unimagined world.
For me it was his most mature work yet.
The story has sadness and struggle and hope and joy. The world unfolds and reveals its secrets slowly and mysteriously. And that's why I love to read his books.
One gripe though was the overuse, or use in any way of the ’very’ word. I find it infantile and infuriating
“Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”