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The Sunless Countries af Karl Schroeder
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The Sunless Countries (udgave 2009)

af Karl Schroeder

Serier: Virga (book 4)

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In an ocean of weightless air where sunlight has never been seen, only the running lights of the city of Sere glitter in the dark. One woman, Leal Hieronyma Maspeth, history tutor and dreamer, lives and dreams of love among the gaslit streets and cafés. And somewhere in the abyss of wind and twisted cloud through which Sere eternally falls, a great voice has begun speaking. As its cold words reach even to the city walls--and as outlying towns and travelers' ships start to mysteriously disappear--only Leal has the courage to try to understand the message thundering from the distance. Even the city's most famous and exotic visitor, the sun lighter and hero named Hayden Griffin, refuses to turn aside from his commission to build a new sun for a foreign nation. He will not become the hero that Leal knows the city needs; so in the end, it is upto her to listen, and ultimately reply, to the worldwasp.… (mere)
Medlem:fascination
Titel:The Sunless Countries
Forfattere:Karl Schroeder
Info:Tor Books (2009), Hardcover, 336 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:****
Nøgleord:science fiction, space opera, steampunk, Virga

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A nice adventure that never follows the expected path. ( )
  sami7 | Aug 3, 2020 |
While it would probably have helped if I had read these books in a more timely fashion I'd be willing to argue that this is where the series went off the rails, in that instead of building on the dramatic crisis set at Candesce itself in the third book, one takes a side trip as a way for Schroeder to explicate on the deep history of Virga and the roots of the emergency facing its inhabitants. That said I like the character of Leal Maspeth and it would have been better if Schroeder had found a way to introduce her, say, in at least the second book. ( )
  Shrike58 | Jul 6, 2018 |
Just OK- not quite as good as the others in the series- perhaps because it had been so long since I'd read them. The plot points about who to choose as our allies and who is on whose side was confusing and a little implausible. ( )
  terrencejerome | Mar 8, 2016 |
Most series tend to ossify into a predictable pattern, since readers and author find a comfortable niche from which there is little incentive to stray. The Virga series is an exception. Set inside a giant balloon, wooden human settlements float in oxygenated space. Previous books in this series have explored the conflicts between these and also suggested that Candesce, the biggest artificial sun in Virga, somehow protects humans from whatever is outside their space. A secret 'Home Guard' protects Virga from incursions from outside, from something known as 'Artificial life'.

The focus of this installment shifts to Pacquaea, a nation with no Sun of its own. What is does have is a University, which employs Leal Maspeth as a History tutor, who has hopes of being a Lecturer. It also has a sect of 'Eternists' who deny Virga's history and take power with a view to eradicating all dissent. Leal finds herself at the epicentre of the storm, especially after Hayden Griffin, the famous 'Sunlighter' from earlier books arrives, just after a giant 'Voice' is heard from the exterior Wall and ships start vanishing...Leal is instrumental in finding out what is going on, combining her knowledge of ancient texts with encounters with entities that the Eternists deny. We learn more about Virga and its strange neighbours and the scene seems to be set for a larger conflict than just human squabbling... ( )
  AlanPoulter | Sep 24, 2012 |
Karl Schroeder’s Virga sequence is undoubtedly one of the best science fiction series in recent years, and in my opinion even among the best ever. It is almost like a small encyclopedia of science fiction in itself in that it showcases so many of the forms the genre takes – planetary romance, golden age adventure story, hard science speculation, singularity and steampunk. And the wonder of the series is that it pulls all those elements into a believable and even plausible whole and turns them into a compulsive read. I really cannot praise this series enough and it should be on the reading list of everyone with even a passing interest in what science fiction is, has been and can be.

This fourth volume is a bit of a departure for Schroeder’s series – Pirate Sun resolved all the threads of the various characters introduced in Sun of Suns. The Sunless Countries introduces a new main character, a historian named Leal Maspeth, and also shifts emphasis somewhat – there is a lot about the big picture in the rest of the galaxy here, and for its ending the novel even ventures outside of Virga for the first time; also, similar to the development of Leal in this novel, it has less swashbuckling and significantly more politics than previous volumes. It is not less of an exciting read for that, and I already pre-ordered the fifth volume, Ashes of Candesce.
  Larou | Nov 7, 2011 |
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In an ocean of weightless air where sunlight has never been seen, only the running lights of the city of Sere glitter in the dark. One woman, Leal Hieronyma Maspeth, history tutor and dreamer, lives and dreams of love among the gaslit streets and cafés. And somewhere in the abyss of wind and twisted cloud through which Sere eternally falls, a great voice has begun speaking. As its cold words reach even to the city walls--and as outlying towns and travelers' ships start to mysteriously disappear--only Leal has the courage to try to understand the message thundering from the distance. Even the city's most famous and exotic visitor, the sun lighter and hero named Hayden Griffin, refuses to turn aside from his commission to build a new sun for a foreign nation. He will not become the hero that Leal knows the city needs; so in the end, it is upto her to listen, and ultimately reply, to the worldwasp.

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