Pushing Ice Lib/E Audio CD – Unabridged, November 2, 2010
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About the Author
Alastair Reynolds is a bestselling author and has been awarded the British Science Fiction Award and the Locus Award, along with being shortlisted for the Hugo Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, and the Theodore Sturgeon Award. He was born in Barry, South Wales, and studied at Newcastle and St. Andrew's Universities to ultimately earn a PhD in astronomy. A former astrophysicist for the European Space Agency, he lives in the Netherlands, near Leiden.
John Lee, is a stage actor, writer, and a coproducer of feature films. An AudioFile Golden Voice narrator, he is the winner of numerous Audie Awards and AudioFile Earphones Awards.
- ASIN : B08XZTYKT8
- Publisher : Tantor Audio; Unabridged edition (November 2, 2010)
- Language : English
- ISBN-13 : 979-8200128341
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Why not five?
- Character development was choppy. I wanted so much more depth to some, but got way too much depth on what was really a poorly defined conflict between the two main characters. Too much attention was paid to this conflict where more page space could have been given to the most amazing space context and aliens and cool stuff. Give me the hard stuff, not poorly written character drama.
Why not four?
- I started skipping pages at times. Crucially, I started skipping paragraphs of boring plot or descriptive character conflict resolution in the last 20 pages. I shouldn't be skipping a word in a novel with this much potential.
*** Minor Spoilers Below ***
- There is so much amazing stuff in here! I feel guilty only giving it three. The concept. The early solar system context. The ride on the artifact. The aliens. The final battle. I wanted so much more of all of these! But they seemed to often be kind of dripped out inbetween what is essentially a rediculous interpersonal conflict.
Fantastic story, interesting concept, complex personalities, strong female roles, good pacing, and I couldn't predict the last few chapters, which is always nice.
I think my only complaint might be that it was difficult at time to recognize the giant leaps in the timeline right away, and I had to go back and reread a few pages to make sense of what just happened. A little editing there might clean this up, but it may just be me, and others won't have this issue.
The book itself is relatively clean of simple editing errors, which is a nice change of pace. I've been reading a lot of independent fiction on Amazon, and sometimes it can get in the way of enjoying a novel. I only ran across a handful of those type of errors, so nothing to worry about.
Top reviews from other countries
At points this is true science fiction and yet within that you also have the building of a new community and the all too human frictions that come from that. The split is narration is interesting and is a clever way to depict the shifting tides of power and change. Many aspects that seem to make sense have gained a whole new meaning when you put the perspectives of our two leads together at the end.
Most impressively of all though, Reynolds captures both the best and the worst of humanity and then places them side by side along all of the myriad shades of murky grey. Things that seem right at the time don't always stay that way and even the stablest of characters are capable of holding some dark secrets at their heart. And then you have the aliens... both learning from the humans at the same time as they carefully hand out knowledge of a time our group missed in their travels.
This isn't what I expected but I thoroughly enjoyed it regardless. This was my first Reynolds but I doubt it'll be my last.
However, I will agree with the others who criticise the last segment of the book. It is difficult to say much without indulging in spoilers, but suffice to say that Reynolds seems to lose control of the plot and the result is a total anticlimax. The story of the two women forms a complete arc but the book finishes with a slew of unanswered questions and open endings. The encounters with the aliens are particularly weak and seem to only be there to provide some kind of climax to the women's story, which when it comes is rather unsatisfactory. Perhaps it is intended to extend into a series but it felt a bit like Reynolds got bored and wanted to get the book finished and out of the way.
Pushing Ice is somewhat of a departure because it focuses very tightly on human relationships rather than grand systems or epic concepts. It's fundamentally a story that is about the somewhat petty humanity that we have to overcome to accomplish great things, and the wedges that get hammered between people when our fallibility has extreme consequences. The two main characters are written with believable compassion. Despite representing two sides of the same coin, and despite the diametric opposition in which they are cast, neither of them comes across as the obvious villain. You can't really revel in their victories or setbacks because fundamentally they are decent people doing things for the right reasons under the most difficult of circumstances.