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Chasm City (The Inhibitor Series, 2) (original 2001; udgave 2020)

af Alastair Reynolds (Forfatter)

Serier: Revelation Space (2)

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Named one of the best novels of the year by both Locus and Science Fiction Chronicle, Alastair Reynolds's debut Revelation Space redefined the space opera. With Chasm City, Reynolds invites you to reenter the bizarre universe of his imagination as he redefines Hell...The once-utopian Chasm City-a domed human settlement on an otherwise inhospitable planet-has been overrun by a virus known as the Melding Plague, capable of infecting any body, organic or computerized. Now, with the entire city corrupted-from the people to the very buildings they inhabit-only the most wretched sort of existence remains. For security operative Tanner Mirabel, it is the landscape of nightmares through which he searches for a lowlife postmortal killer. But the stakes are raised when his search brings him face to face with a centuries-old atrocity that history would rather forget.… (mere)
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Titel:Chasm City (The Inhibitor Series, 2)
Forfattere:Alastair Reynolds (Forfatter)
Info:Orbit (2020), 608 pages
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Chasm City af Alastair Reynolds (2001)

  1. 100
    Revelation Space af Alastair Reynolds (Arvoitus)
  2. 50
    Lejesoldaten af Iain M. Banks (EatSleepChuck)
  3. 50
    Consider Phlebas af Iain M. Banks (voodoochilli)
    voodoochilli: As good as the Revelation space series, so if you want more check out Banks Culture novels.
  4. 30
    A Deepness in the Sky af Vernor Vinge (TarsolyGer)
  5. 11
    Altered Carbon af Richard K. Morgan (voodoochilli)
    voodoochilli: Very similar.
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There seems some speculation as to the order in which it is best to read these "Revelation Space" books. Reynolds himsel says the Revelation Space - Redemtiopn Ark - Absolution Gap trilogy should be read first dhen Chasm City and The Prefect as asides. I think that Chasm City is a great prequel or introduction to the is Universe and does not harm the plot or future storylinesof the main Trilogy to be read first. In fact it is not until you read this that references to Calvin Sylveste, The Eighty and the Rust Belt/Glitter Bank/Melding Plague really make sense.
It is slower to get going then other Reynolds books (or perhaps I was more forgiving of the slower pace with the other novels, knowing there were part of a Trilogy)and can be difficult to follow initially with lots of flashback's and dream sequences. But the fabulous world building and typical high drama of a Reynolds novels are here in abundance with a well paced and executed finale.
Check it out before reading Revelation Space to see if you want to commit to a Trilogy of more of the same - but I strongly recommend that you do. ( )
  bookdragon616 | May 15, 2024 |
Where to start? One of Alastair Reynolds' strengths is the complexity of his novels - there are so many interweaving narratives that embroider this book and summarising them is no mean feat. Be it the first interstellar journey from Earth to settle our race in a new part of space, the redemptive vendetta of a security officer who failed to save his boss or wife from assassination, the continued threat of inhibitors to alien races or the dilapidation of the once great Chasm city, now plague-ridden and nefarious, Reynolds expertly weaves together the strands in another meaty instalment from the Revelation Space world.

With two books now under my belt, I feel a little more qualified and sure in my opinions about Reynold's works. Many reviewers have hit the nail on the head that his books are never perfect but at the same time they're quite obviously 'good' books. His world building, ideas, commitment to making his fiction sensical, his interweaving of plots and originality are all very impressive but then stitched within them is jarring (some have said clunky) writing - none more so than the names he chooses for characters and planets (Travelling Fearlessly? Cahuella? Sleek? Norquinco? the Islamabad? Revelation Space?!) Maybe its just me but I think the strange and awkward names is a portent of the missing X-factor in the writing department, one that never truly effects the enjoyment of the book (since they are extremely readable and I thoroughly enjoyed the story) but discolours them somewhat - leaves you in parts thinking, really? I remember pretty early on the main character Tanner Mirabell said something about 'buy me it for Christmas' and I literally nearly stopped then and there. Christmas? On a new planet thousands of years in the future?

I surmise that he is a man of ideas not literary talent and the ideas are definitely good enough to warrant time spent in Revelation space. This isn't as strong as the titular book but as I have already mentioned it is very readable and interesting. ( )
  Dzaowan | Feb 15, 2024 |
Story: 3 / 10
Characters: 4
Setting: 8
Prose: 8

Revelation Space made my top 10 scifi book list. However, Reynolds next book is nothing more than a simple action story, a complete disappointment. Even the main character is not terribly interested in the direction of the story. A couple of interesting themes were explored though: Immortality, leisure studies, body modification, bodily computer viruses, and genetically modified animals.

I'm really not sure if I should bother with the rest of the Revelation Space series. ( )
  MXMLLN | Jan 12, 2024 |
Wow, now that was an epic sci-fi journey.   My Kindle showed it at 11495 Loc points, which makes it easily longer than some trilogies, and it's all just one book: great value for money.

In this book we begin by following a character, Tanner Mirabel, who is a mercenary of sorts.   Tanner seems to have been infected with an indoctrination virus that gives him a historical/religious figure's memories as dreams and flash backs.   On top of this Tanner has also wound up leaving the planet he was on, Sky's Edge, and gone off on a lighthugger to Yellowstone, not realising the Melding Plague has destroyed everything.   Then, to add insult to injury, Tanner is also suffering reefer-sleep amnesia, although he does remember some things, like the fact that he came to Yellowstone to kill the man who killed his boss' girlfriend.

But everything is not quite as it seems, people are waiting for Tanner, people are hunting Tanner, and some people just want to kill Tanner -- or whoever he might be.

Brilliant!   This book has so many twists and turns as a fucked-up Tanner takes us on a fucked-up guided tour around Yellowstone's Chasm City, a post Melding Plague Chasm City that's just totally fucked-up.   Alastair does the most amazing writing job.

Scores on the doors: to quote from Spinal Tap, "Look, right across the board... 11, 11, 11..."

Next up is The Last Log of the Lachrimosa. ( )
  5t4n5 | Aug 9, 2023 |
Chasm City is set in Reynolds' Revelation Space universe, a century or so after the events of The Prefect and Elysium Fire. Or, put another way, some years after the end of the Belle Epoch, the golden age of the height of human civilization in the Yellowstone system, where Chasm City on the planetary surface, and the Glitter Band, made up of thousands of orbital habitats, offered the near-idyllic life of your choice, until the Melding Plague brought it crashing down.

The Melding Plague infects all nanotechnology, including nanotech implants in human beings, and causes it to mutate and distort in ways that in machinery is disturbing and dangerous, and in humans is horrific. The near-utopian life of the Belle Epoch civilization in the Yellowstone system depended on that nanotech and what it made possible. The wealthy who were able to get their implants out, or who sealed themselves into high-tech coffins that allow them to live lives with the tools and pleasures of implants, live in relative comfort in the Canopy of Chasm City. The non-wealthy live in much less desirable areas lower down, and the lowest and worst of those areas is the Mulch.

The main character is Tanner Mirabel, or at least, he sincerely believes he is. He comes to Yellowstone from the world of Sky's Edge, and he's hunting the man who killed his friend and employer, Cahuella, an arms dealer and, by many accounts, a sadistic monster. Tanner has a better opinion of him than many others, indeed thinks of him as being in some ways a good man. Cahuella's wife tells Tanner he's better than Tanner realizes, that he was better than his reputation when she met him, and has continued to improve since.

Tanner is one of the two narrative voices in the book, the other being Sky Haussmann, born on a slow colony ship from Earth to the intended colony world of Journey's End. The ship has a crew of about 150, and a cargo of tens of thousands of sleepers, who will be awakened on arrival at their new home. We meet Haussmann as a young boy, and follow him as he rises through the crew, by intelligence, hard work, and, oh yes, treachery. He becomes both the hero and the villain of the story of how the planet--now called Sky's Edge--was successfully settled.

He also becomes a religious figure, inspiration for a cult, and his followers have created a virus that gives those infected visions of his life.

Tanner's home is Sky's Edge, and he has become infected with the virus.

Tanner leaves Sky's Edge and goes to Yellowstone, after Cahuella and his wife are killed, pursuing the killer. Without FTL, the trip takes fifteen years, and it's during those fifteen years that Yellowstone goes from the very height of civilization to collapse under the effects of the Melding Plague, and struggling to preserve any civilization at all. The Glitter Band is now the Rust Band, and only parts of Chasm City are civilized and pleasant--and even that part has a bloodthirsty edge that perhaps was just no so apparent before. Along the way, he meets the religious order that cares for those who awake from cold sleep with their minds not yet fully reintegrated, the entrepreneurs who, for a price, will remove your implants, hopefully before the Melding Plague gets you. He meets some interesting people, some of whom are part of one of Chasm City's more bloodthirsty sports, and some very attractive women who may or may not be his friends.

His sleeping visions of the life of Sky Haussmann become more frequent, more intrusive, and start to depart from the official version of Sky's life.

In his waking hours, outside the visions, he starts to learn some confusing and disturbing things about himself and those around him.

And we start to ask ourselves, as he is, who is Tanner Mirabel, really?

There are twists on twists, here, and the answer may not be what you think.

Tanner, Sky, and the people Tanner meets, are interesting and compelling characters, not necessarily likable, and not necessarily who you think.

It's an absorbing and exciting book.

I received this audiobook as a gift. ( )
2 stem LisCarey | Jul 23, 2023 |
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Named one of the best novels of the year by both Locus and Science Fiction Chronicle, Alastair Reynolds's debut Revelation Space redefined the space opera. With Chasm City, Reynolds invites you to reenter the bizarre universe of his imagination as he redefines Hell...The once-utopian Chasm City-a domed human settlement on an otherwise inhospitable planet-has been overrun by a virus known as the Melding Plague, capable of infecting any body, organic or computerized. Now, with the entire city corrupted-from the people to the very buildings they inhabit-only the most wretched sort of existence remains. For security operative Tanner Mirabel, it is the landscape of nightmares through which he searches for a lowlife postmortal killer. But the stakes are raised when his search brings him face to face with a centuries-old atrocity that history would rather forget.

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