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The once-utopian Chasm City -a doomed 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 MThe once-utopian Chasm City -a doomed 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 low-life 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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Chasm City Reviews

  • Kevin Kelsey
    2019-07-18 21:17

    “How long would you have to live; how much good would you need to do, to compensate for one act of pure evil you’d committed as a younger man?”Very, very good. One of those books that I massively enjoy having read, past tense, but ultimately didn’t enjoy while reading. It slogs, and turns its wheels for about 200 pages in the middle, but I see now why it was necessary, and it ultimately pays off in strides. Strong similarities to Iain M. Banks’ Use of Weapons, except that it didn’t rely on a reveal in the same way, instead slowly telling the reader what is afoot. It’s subtle, but I strongly suspect that it’s intentional. I picked up on it around 1/3 of the way through, and was initially disappointed, thinking that it might be a shocking twist ending that was too obvious. However, my initial assessment of the reality of the situation I thought I comprehended early on, was vastly incomplete and less than half of the true picture.Ultimately, this novel is about redemption. It’s brilliant. Read it.

  • Scott
    2019-07-16 00:20

    Have you ever read for so long that your shoulder seizes up, and you have to stretch, but you do it one arm at a time so you can keep reading with your other hand? That happened to me while reading Chasm City. Even physical pain could not make me put this book down- I was getting to work half awake from my late nights with this one, and hanging out for my lunch breaks so I could race through a few more pages.While the rest of the Revelation Space series deals with big ticket narrative items- One existential threat to human existence, please! – Chasm City is smaller scale, and is comprised of two separate narratives. The first follows a security operative, Tanner Mirabel, as he hunts a fugitive through what was once humanity’s greatest and most advanced civilisation, now reduced to a tangled, twisted slum by a disease that preys on nanotechnology. The second is centered several hundred years prior on a group of slow colony ships spending decades in deep space on their way to a new world, and one of their crewmembers, a young man named Sky Haussmann. Between Tanner and Hausmann Reynolds sketches a vivid and brutal future, and a surprising story of revenge, betrayal and the consequences of relentless ambition.Reynolds briskly flogs the story along, never letting up the tension, or slackening the flow of brilliant ideas. He works from a fairly hard-SF mindset, so most of the tech in Chasm City is pretty plausible, ranging from nanotech ‘medichines’ in people’s blood to gigantic sub-light ships that take decades to cross the expanses between stars.I loved this book. I thought about it for days after I had read it, and my memories of its stand-out scenes still send shivers up my sci-fi loving spine. Chasm City is, in my opinion, a near perfect work of SF, melding the brilliant ideas and faraway worlds SF does so well with a strong narrative and sharp prose style that the genre sometimes lacks. Reynolds has written some really good stuff, but for this reader Chasm City is his dark and atmospheric crown, the high water mark of a deep and rewarding body of work.This is space opera at its most operatic, and Reynolds hits (and holds) all the high notes.

  • Apatt
    2019-06-26 18:43

    “I’ve been sent here to kill someone who probably doesn’t deserve it, and my only justification for it is some absurd adherence to a code of honour no one here understands or even respects.”While reading the book I was a little bothered by the protagonist's motivation which did not make a lot of sense to me. Suddenly Alastair Reynolds addressed my problem directly and things begin to fall into place. This book is a very intricately plotted sf novel with strong element of a noir thriller, but the emphasis is definitely on the sci-fi. On the face of it, the book may initially seem like a straightforward story of revenge. The main character Tanner Mirabel is chasing a man who killed his best friend and the love of his life but made the mistake of leaving him alive. The chase requires quite a bit of interstellar travel, part of which is even on a space elevator which brings to mind Arthur C. Clarke’s The Fountains of Paradise . The structure of the book is almost linear but not quite, as two different stands of flashback sequences are also woven into the main story arc. In lesser hands this sort of skipping back and forth along the timeline can cause a lot of confusion for the readers, but kudos to Mr. Reynolds for the clarity of his writing, even without any chapter labeling the reader is never confused.In spite of the crime fiction influence the sci-fi aspect of the story is thankfully the strongest element. Reynolds is at the forefront of the sf genre for a reason, here is an author who is seemingly put upon the earth to write sf, it is either coded in his DNA or God is a sf fan, take your pick. While the story is not epic in scale as it mainly focuses on the protagonist’s adventures it is set in a brilliantly imagined universe. Chasm City is set in the **Rev space** universe but is not a continuation of that book. It is basically a standalone with brief mentions of some things from that book. Most of the book is set in the titular Chasm City, an amazing place where buildings and machinery are infected with a plague that infect nanomachines and mutate them into weird nightmarishly shaped things. What it does to people I will leave you to discover for yourself.What makes Reynolds stand out from most other sf writers today is that he can spin a great yarn, he knows his science very well, and he cares about creating believable and interesting characters with real motivations. Most importantly for sf, he is extremely good at world building, creating astounding yet believable and vivid places and life forms, if you are looking for escapism he is your man. There are quite a few scientists who are writing sf but (IMO) Reynolds is the best story teller and prose stylist among them. His characters do not simply wear white hats or black hats, they tend to have quite believable motivations. His prose is accessible without coming across as having been dumbed down for the semi-literates. He even slipped in the occasional flashes of humor, mostly through ironic dialogues, and the end of the book even includes some lyrical passages.Who would I recommend this book to?You.Basically you, who is reading this review. If you are interested enough to read this review this far this book is for you!

  • David Sven
    2019-07-15 02:28

    Chasm City. Originally settled by self-replicating robots carrying the genetic material to construct humans on site ahead of a more conventional colonisation. A city built around a chasm that spews gas and steam that is harnessed to generate energy and atmosphere. A city that experienced a 200 year utopia known as the Belle Epoche where technology advanced to the stage where implants and nanotechnology made immortality viable. A city where buildings were grown and designed by nano machinery. A city where citizens could transform their bodies within days into human/animal blends or even upload their memories and lives into machines for safekeeping. But then came the Melding Plague. A virus that specifically attacked technology. A virus that was a chimera of machinery and biology that melded implants and machines to flesh. The virus was fatal, killing the host. And nano machinery that made art of buildings was infected to transform the city into something grotesque and treelike. Almost overnight everyone on Yellowstone either removed the implants they relied on or became dead - or at leasts not exactly alive. The City's society collapsed and reformed itself into a state divided by class. The aristocrats who live in the Canopy - and everyone else living in squalor on the ground.Into this background comes our main protagonist Tanner Mirabel, a mercenary hunting his employer's killers from the giant serpent infested Jungles of Sky's Edge to the plague infested Canopy of Chasm City to the very maw of hell itself.The plot was intriguing, the characters were interesting and if Chasm City wasn't fascinating enough on it's own we also get the back story of the first generation ships to leave the Solar System on a centuries long mission to colonize Journey's End or what would become more commonly known as Sky's Edge. We see this journey through the eyes of arguable the most intriguing character of the book, Sky Haussmann, Captain of the Santiego in a story that will see us encounter among other things, psychotic dolphins, cyborg terrorists, a ghost ship, betrayals and atrocity - and that's not even the best parts.Like the first Revelation Space book, the first half of the book was build up with the second half ramping up the pace with twists and counter twists that will have your mouth hanging open - well mine was anyway.This story was all sorts of cool, projecting a very goth vibe with the long high collared trench coats and big guns blazing from the hips. Alistair Reynolds has me on the hook.4 starsEditThere are some books that I enjoy reading at the time, but over time fade into Meh. And then there are those books I enjoy while reading them and then, over time, stay with me, ageing and maturing like a fine wine. Chasm City is definitely the latter. Like the melding plague, it has grown a life of its own in my memory to insinuate an extra star in this review. It is my favourite book in the series and so earns its place on my favourites shelf.5 stars

  • j
    2019-06-25 01:36

    Is this what a China Miéville novel would be like if China Miéville wasn't so much with the prose? Because like China, Alastair Reynolds is totally horny for the Big Idea (and perhaps even better than him at actually providing a sort of logical justification for all the weird and wacky world-building he does, though that simply might be a circumstance of his preferred genre -- hard sci-fi -- more or less demanding that kind of effort from an author.) (Also he is an ex-scientist of some sort.)So, yeah, Chasm City, which various blogs convinced me was a great place to start with the author, is full of ambitious sci-fi storytelling, some of it familiar, some of it fresh and fascinating, all of it fairly well "explained" with convincing-sounding science-y justifications, or at least as convincing as you can get when you are talking about nano-machine plagues that reshape and mutate entire space colonies. Cool ideas here include an in-depth consideration of a generation ship-type mission, a different take on cybernetic implants, musings on the psychological impact of virtual immortality and a richly imagined post-plague dystopia.The prose and plotting knitting all those ideas together isn't quite as compelling, though. Reynolds is very much in the mold of, say, an Iain M. Banks, but doesn't have the same literary chops. So basically, we've got a fairly standard vendetta plot, populated by one-dee characters (including a protagonist who arguably has no personality at all -- conceptual spoiler alert!), plot twists that are overly-telegraphed and ponderously over-explained, and just... terrible, terrible dialogue. Not just the expository stuff. The snappy banter like "Try anything and the only kind of composing you'll be doing is DE-composing!" (Said, obviously, to a composer.)I still liked it. Pretty much. It is very long, and I confess that I have had my patience tested by this and other "space opera" adventures that are long on incident and short on substance; I somehow tend to find them totally awesome and totally boring at the same time (which is probably why I gravitate toward Miéville, who loves layering his books with meaty philosophical and political concepts... that and the whole "he can write interesting prose" thing).I'm going to read more though. This one was fun. I do with he would publish something with fewer than 600 pages. Just as an experiment.

  • Sarah Anne
    2019-06-22 22:17

    Reasons not to listen to this audiobook while assembling cabinets:1. That moment when a big reveal happens and you say "HOLY SHIT!!!!" tends to make people panic.2. You have to take the cabinet apart and reassemble it. Twice.This was absolutely amazing! The main character, Tanner, is an assassin who is on the trail of a man that he intends to kill for revenge. Throughout the book Tanner is also flashing back on this crucified martyr named Sky. Through this we get to see who Sky was and how the colony of Sky's Edge was made.Tanner tracks his desired target to Chasm City where a plague occurred seven years prior to the opening of the book. Known as The Melding Plague, it damages the implants in a person's mind and causes the immortal to become mortal. What's left is a city of great depravity where people who have lived for centuries do insane and/or immoral things just to feel alive for a moment.This has a very brief crossover with Revelation Space, which I actually read first. I don't think I have a preference for which one I should have read first. I really must get my hands on the next one. The rest of the series, actually. Immediately. And possibly everything else the author has read.

  • Stuart
    2019-06-21 18:33

    Chasm City: Gothic cyberpunk at its dark bestOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureChasm City (2001) is the fourth Alastair Reynolds book I’ve read in his REVELATION SPACE series, though it is a stand-alone and a much better book. The main trilogy (Revelation Space, Redemption Ark, Absolution Gap) featured a lot of good hard SF world-building, but was heavily weighed down by clunky characters, dialogue, and extremely bloated page-count. While Chasm City is not any shorter at around 700 pages, it makes much better use of those pages with a fast-paced plot, complicated and dark but intriguing characters, and flashbacks that form a gripping story of their own.The main elements that distinguish Chasm City from many other space opera and cyberpunk offerings is its unique “gothic cyberpunk” feel. This comes primarily from the Melding Plague that has attacked the Glitter Band of 10,000 space orbitals that inhabit the Epsilon Eridani system. This civilization, though we never see it much, brings to mind the decadent future milieu of Iain M. Banks’ CULTURE novels. The Melding Plague is a nano-tech plague that attacks advanced technology and morphs it into a bizarre and degenerate conflation of organic and mechanical life.As a result, the quasi-utopian civilization of the Glitter Band has been reduced to a Rust Belt of decimated orbitals taken over by ruined buildings, machinery, and habitats that have taken on strange and gothic shapes that continually change on their own volition, a seething organic-mechanical landscape that has reduced the high-tech world of Yellowstone and its capital city of Chasm City to a post-cyberpunk melange of low-tech, twisted and crumbling buildings, feral tribes of bottom-dwelling humans that occupy the Mulch, and more powerful elites that live in the Canopy above and occasionally hunt the unfortunates of the Mulch for entertainment.The environment of Yellowstone strongly recalls the decaying post-apocalyptic worlds of J.G. Ballard’s The Crystal World and The Drowned World, along with elements of the dying earth riot of plant-life profusion of Brian Aldiss’ Hothouse. Everywhere we see signs of decay and collapse, as the machinery that mankind has painstakingly developed over centuries rebels against humans and taken on a life of its own. The use of low-tech also resembles the post-fossil fuel future society of Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl.This is blended with a very dark cyberpunk tale of revenge centered on Tanner Mirabell, a former military operative who leaves Sky’s Edge to pursue a man named Reivich who killed the woman he loved but who was also his former boss wife. It’s a complex web of intrigue and hard-boiled revenge, much in the vein of Richard Morgan’s Altered Carbon, and like many of Reynolds’ characters, there is not much to like about these people, who are mostly cold, obsessive, and ruthless. This whole sub-genre was pioneered by William Gibson in Neuromancer, but Reynolds has put a new spin by subjecting his cyberpunk world to the corroding influence of the Melding Plague. It’s definitely a subversive and enticing concept.Chasm City also has a fully-developed sub-plot that involves Sky Haussmann, a man who is a member of a fleet of generational starships that is heading to colonize a new world. He begins as an ambitious but sympathetic young man, but through various events he starts to make decisions that take him to the dark side, as he morphs into a power-hungry individual who seeks to take over the starships and destroy his rivals. This could have been done simply through flashbacks, but Reynolds again does something different. He introduces his Sky episodes via flashbacks by Tanner Mirabell, who has been infected with an “indoctrination virus” that causes him to recall memories of Sky Haussmann as if they were his own. This virus seems to have been created by a cult that worships the vilified Sky, who was crucified for the crimes he committed centuries earlier.Reynolds deftly interweaves the memories of Sky Housemann with the slowly returning memories of Tanner Mirabell. As we learn more about both characters, we also begin to realize that both Tanner’s story, Sky’s crimes, the generational starship mission, and the Melding Plague itself are linked in far more byzantine ways than we initially thought. As if that weren’t enough, Reynolds introduces a series of plot twists in the final third of the book that force us to rethink what has come before. I’m not sure if all the plot elements and motivations really make sense, but I loved the dark stew of narratives that bring into question every aspect of Tanner’s identity and memories. It’s definitely worth untangling again in a future reading, and I’m so glad that Chasm City showed me what has appealed to his large fan base, since I was not convinced by the REVELATION SPACE trilogy.John Lee as always does a solid job on the narration — he is well suited to the dark tone of the book and has chemistry with Reynolds ' work. I’ll be moving on to the The Prefect and House of Suns next with a much more positive outlook.

  • Ben Babcock
    2019-07-16 21:34

    We all have triggers, certain topics in our beloved genres that instantly make us sit up and pay attention. Artificial intelligence is one such trigger for me; identity is another. (Both touch on philosophy of the mind, a field that fascinates me, and I suspect this is why they intrigue me.) There is scant AI in Chasm City, but there is plenty of reflection on identity and the ramifications of using technology to alter one’s identity. As every other review notes, this book is part of the Revelation Space universe but stands alone; one does not need to read any of the other novels to enjoy it.I often spend most of a review discussing the main character and my reaction to them. In this case, I suppose that would be Tanner Mirabel—but it’s more complicated than that. Tanner has left the backwater world of Sky’s Edge in pursuit of Argent Reivich, a cold-hearted killer. Tanner wants revenge after failing to protect his employer’s wife from Reivich. Since humanity hasn’t discovered superluminal travel in this universe, Tanner’s only option for following Reivich to the burgeoning Yellowstone is reefersleep—stasis aboard a relativistic-speed ship. When he awakes, he has the characteristic amnesia of someone who has spent time in reefersleep. Gradually, Tanner’s memories click back into place—but it’s more complicated than that.Along with his own memories, Tanner begins having intense, realistic dreams that remember parts of the life of Sky Haussmann, the vilified founder of Sky’s Edge. Hundreds of years ago, Sky took command of one of the four generation ships en route to Sky’s Edge—then, Journey’s End. In a calculated move to reach the planet before any of the other ships, Sky jettisoned all of the sleeping passengers. Long dead (crucified, in fact), Sky’s memories somehow survive in a kind of virus that a cult passes on to travellers. Infected, Tanner spends the entire book reliving parts of Sky’s life in chronological order.Chasm City is a long book. So by breaking it up with these episodes—as well as similar flashbacks to Tanner’s time with his employer and his employer’s wife—Reynolds makes the pacing more bearable. Tanner’s actual hunt for Reivich always seems to meet obstacles and get him side-tracked in true action-movie fashion. He gets thrust into a “Most Dangerous Game” hunt (as the quarry), then he gets rescued, betrays his rescuer, goes on a fact-finding mission, hooks up with his rescuer again, etc. The plot doesn’t follow a straight line or even some kind of zig-zag path towards finding Reivich; it seems more like a kind of drunken, slightly off-kilter spiral towards the final confrontation. Of course, by that point the true nature of Tanner’s complicated identity issues has been revealed, changing everything.Seriously, I seldom see such masterful sleight-of-hand. Reynolds pulls off a reveal both complicated and potentially corny enough that it could have ruined the entire book. As it is, it deepened my enjoyment of Chasm City immensely. Suddenly this was no longer a simple tale about a super-soldier assassin on a quest for revenge. Instead, it was about a conflicted and very broken man slowly rediscovering his identity and realizing how little he understands about himself.Reynolds touches on several of the typical reactions to the manipulation of memory—how, thanks to that manipulation, Tanner is no longer the man he was or the man he is pretending to be but actually a new person altogether. It raises all sorts of questions about the implications that memory-scanning and -altering technology has for individuality and personhood. Am I me, or a copy of me—an instance of me running on a particular platform? If I tweak my memories, do I destroy who I am? We see this latter phenomenon in people who suffer from diseases like Alzheimer’s—but what if we willingly added or subtracted memories rather than lost them indiscriminately and uncontrollably? Would it be any different?More than raising (and offering some answers to) these questions, Reynolds provides an action-packed story in the process. I came to quite enjoy the Sky flashbacks. Sky’s story develops in parallel to Tanner’s, with its own arc, conflict, motivations, etc. There are links that tie the two narratives together, with more hints at the underlying mythology of the Revelation Space universe. And the sinister transformation of Sky from somewhat innocent child to an outright anti-hero is fascinating in a cold way. Having recently finished another novel about a generation ship, I was struck by certain similarities (though I much prefer how Reynolds handled it).It’s a good thing that the main character (or characters, I guess, since Sky’s story is almost a novella in its own right) is so multi-dimensional and complex. Chasm City lacks many compelling minor characters. The likes of Quirrenbach, Zebra, Chantarelle, etc., are more distractions than anything—interesting and memorable names, to be sure, they seem to surface and then evaporate to fit the needs of the plot. Perhaps one of the reasons I enjoyed Sky’s narrative so much was the relative straightforwardness of the plot compared to the digressions that dominate Tanner’s. Whatever the case, there are certainly issues here with characterization; I can ignore them, though, because the rest of the book is just so good.Somewhat different from Revelation Space—and that’s probably a good thing—Chasm City delivers an interesting mix of mystery, thriller, and philosophy. It is definitely a shining example of what good science fiction can be, proof that one can engage with meaningful issues without sacrificing story. Definitely something you want on your to-read list.My reviews of the Revelation Space series:← Revelation Space | Redemption Ark →

  • Princessjay
    2019-07-14 22:36

    This novel tried my patience. It was a struggle to plough through these 600+ pages, with seemingly no payoff at the end to warrant reams and reams of not-particularly-active "action" and a plot twist that could be seen a thousand miles away.Too much description, scenery-setting, exposition, people talking without purpose. Too many damned words that contributes little to the reader's understanding of the world, its history, etc. Ultimate fail: what should be background overwhelms the foreground.And the HOKEY DIALOGUE! along the lines of "Ha ha, I am eeevil, this is my eevil plan, now whatcha gonna do about it?" "You won't get away with this!" "Oh but I will! Watch me!" Really?!The characters, the characters. A loose collection of cardboard to hang dialogue on. They do not live, nor breathe, nor have any life of their own aside from the author's every manipulation.And finally, I take issue with the moral stance encapsulated in the plot. If the question is, How much good must an evil man do to redeem himself? where was the "good" done to warrant that redemption?*The author is attempting a complex untrustworthy-narrator story. The potential exists buried deep within, but this novel does not successfully convey the nuanced dissonance that raises red flags for readers to follow. Instead, it is clumsy; events are either melodramatically telegraphed or arose seemingly out of no where.I give it TWO STARS for further delving into the Revelation Space world, and for being well-written at a sentence-by-sentence level, but needs much editing and plot-tightening to become a truly engaging novel.SPOILER RANT*Well, if the transformation is from sociopath with a Vision, to smaller-time weapons dealer who arguably killed more people and was even more sadistic to boot, to taking on another personality that is bent on a revenge killing... How has this man changed to warrant his continued life and the final chapters describing him in terms of the redeemed anti-hero?! So he changed from someone who would torture a subordinate to death for a well-intentioned mistake, to someone who would still kill and kill, but now occasionally has twinges of conscience. Wow... what transformations! So the elaborate human-hunting game in Chasm City is his attempt to "equalize the playing field" between Canopy & Mulch. What a humanitarian.

  • Ian
    2019-07-14 22:32

    The family's godfather sat back in his plush leather recliner and calmly ordered the hit, like the man who was about to be murdered was nothing more than a bug to be squashed …The crack sniper squinted through his gun's sight, aligning the target's forehead in the crosshairs, and pulled the trigger with no second thoughts or remorse …The muck and grime of the city's underworld didn't alarm him at all, as he trudged through the rain-flooded streets in search of his prey …Come one, come all, see the bazaar! Eat the spiced meat! Meet the best doctor in the slum, he only kills one in twenty! …He loved her, loved her deeply; she was the most precious thing in his universe, the only one who knew what he was capable of and yet loved him anyway …The generational colony ship slid along its preset course to Journey's End, surrounded only by the absolute silence and darkness of deep interstellar space …There is a ghost ship following us …There is a ghost following us …It was a dark and stormy night …I am what is known as an unreliable narrator …History is written by the victors …-----------------------------------------------Several of my GR friends have read Chasm City and had mixed reactions ranging from "it sucks" to "it's just okay." Well they're wrong. I think they couldn't handle Chasm City (… you can't HANDLE the truth!!! …). It's darkness, it's depth, it's muck overwhelmed them. This book is dirty good.I've now read all of Alastair Reynolds' books set in his Revelation Space universe. I began with The Prefect and, as I said in my review, it was not snazzy book but it was exceptionally well executed. Chasm City was both snazzy and well executed. Okay, maybe "snazzy" isn't the right word … "oozy" is probably better. I know it sounds gross, and I suppose that's partially the meaning I intend to convey, but I also mean that Chasm City oozes darkness and human desperation, and I further mean that the setting—Chasm City itself—oozes around you while your read, displacing your warm and comfortable wealthy Western surroundings. For in Chasm City, Reynolds has given us a dripping wet, sticky, seedy, smelly shithole of a place to set a story … a city covered in a layer of literal and figurative slime … a city which has no laws except the law of the strong and the weak, the law of the very rich and the very poor… a city inhabited by buildings that have reshaped themselves according to their own arcane will … and the buildings inhabited by people that scrape the bottom of the barrel of human experience and are grateful for the handful of filth they find. In Chasm City, Reynolds dives headfirst into the sci-fi noir experience … and drags us with him.And what makes Chasm City (the book) so excellent is that the sci-fi noir experience doesn't end at the rim of Chasm City (the city). The book takes us on an interstellar voyage aboard a generational ship under the grip of petty personal power struggles and paranoid conspiracy theories, both real and imagined, the crew making bargains with the devil amidst the literal darkness outside and the figurative darkness inside. The book takes us on a hunt on the planet Sky's Edge, where society has been torn apart by a centuries-long war with no end in sight, where—unless you are very wealthy—your life is sure to feel the unpleasant impact of the war's constant hammering.Chasm City is a book of deliberate hyperbole in which Reynolds showcases some of the worst of what humanity has to offer, filled with extreme examples and nasty caricatures that rise to the level of wry satire and sardonic cheese. Normally that sort of thing doesn't sit well with me but it works much better in a dark context than in a humorous or other lighter context. In Chasm City Reynolds seems to be paying homage to cheesy who-dun-its, plot-twisty detective novels and overwrought crime thrillers. In this respect Chasm City doesn't seem to take itself too seriously, an important element of getting the reader to accept what Reynolds is doing.Reynolds uses some inventive methods, or at least clever twists on older methods, for revealing both the characters' pasts and the history of the worlds in which the story is set. A character recovering from amnesia certainly is a tried and true method of revealing someone's past, but Reynolds manages to make the amnesia fit into the story in a logical way; the amnesia doesn't come across as a contrived excuse. The more inventive method Reynolds uses is an "indoctrinal virus"—which is pretty much what it sounds like. One of the main characters contracts this virus, which implants the memories of a revered historical figure, thereby revealing key historical facts.Chasm City is creative and it's in your face. Chasm City is dark and dirty. Chasm City is juicy and chewy and it burns your throat on the way down. Chasm City is … Chasm City.

  • Guillermo
    2019-06-25 01:15

    "How long would you have to live; how much good would you have to do, to compensate for one act of pure evil you'd committed as a younger man?"Redemption. It seems to be one of Reynold's favorite themes. It was prevelant in the Revelation Space series, and it takes center stage in Chasm City. It's normal for Alastair's novels to push the 500 page mark, but unlike other works I've read in this genre, his stories are lean and mean. This is the leanest and meanest story I've read of his. Although this novel clocks in at almost 700 pages, Reynolds does not waste time, and there is very little extreaneous material to be found here. After I read the 3 Revelation Space books, this book sat on my shelf for 2 years because I feared that a Reynolds story being confined to a single city would feel claustrophobic. I was really wrong. To my delight, we quickly find out that we are going to be splitting time not only on Chasm City, but also on Sky's Edge, and on the generation ships sent to colonize this world orbiting 61 Cygni. Those parts were probably my favorite, because I absolutely love the sociological implications of being part of a flotilla of 6 ships travelling at sublight speed for 150 years, each ship basically an independant island in and of itself, regardless (or in spite) of the fact that they are headed to the same destination. Let's just say the results are not pretty, but to be expected when you consider our sometimes primitive nature. Why is this flotilla's destination name changed from Journey's End to Sky's Edge? The answer is probably one of the coolest parts of this novel; the stunning action that was committed for that name to stick decades after colonization is at the very crux of why Sky Haussmann is in such desperate need for redemption. Its a mind blowing thrill ride all the way through.

  • Cecily
    2019-06-22 23:34

    I read this because Alistair Reynolds is my teenage son's favourite author. Although it is sometimes labelled as Revelation Space book 2, he reckoned this was the best book and has the advantage of being readable as a standalone story. Although you could summarise it as a long chase story of hunter and hunted, it is a complex and well-written page turner (and there are quite a lot of pages), the main theme of which is the nature of identity and the effects of various ways of changing it (e.g. body mods, memory implants, nanotech, DNA manipulation, immortality, reefersleep to travel through time and space). There are three main stories, set in different times and places and it swaps between them without ever being confusing. The main one concerns Tanner Mirabel's attempt to track down and kill Argent Reivich for revenge. This involves leaving his home planet of Sky's Edge and travelling to Chasm City on Yellowstone, once rich and technologically advanced, but now devastated by a nanotech virus. The gap between the poor who live in the Mulch and the rich in the Canopy is extreme and the idle rich liven their lives in dangerous ways. Previously, Mirabel was an ex soldier, hired as private security/bodyguard for Cahuella, a rich arms dealer with many enemies. Cahuella, and one hunting expedition in particular, is the second thread. The third strand follows Sky Haussman and is set a couple of hundred years earlier. Sky grows up as crew on one of a flotilla of space ships sent to colonise a new world. There are rivalries within and between ships, including deaths. Obviously as the book progresses, the links between these different stories gradually emerge. The science is plausible and invariably explained as a natural part of the story, though occasionally he kept me waiting for the explanation rather longer than I wanted. Reynolds has a good feel for characters' inner thoughts and emotions (something that is not always true of sci fi) and manages to make each distinct without resorting to gimmicky dialects and non-standard spelling, although they somehow seem a little flat at the same time. He's also very good at helping the reader visualise all the strange worlds in glorious detail - at times I could "see" it as if I was watching a film. There were a few sections that were a little clichéd, especially the ending, which felt a little rushed after nearly 600 leisurely pages, but overall, I thought it was a very good read.

  • Karl
    2019-06-29 19:35

    The book Chasm City is the sequel to "REVELATION SPACE" and is a bit better than the first.

  • Negativni
    2019-06-20 02:22

    Ovaj roman sam počeo čitati još u devetom mjesecu prošle godine misleći da je nastavak Revelation Space trilogije pa ga stavio sa strane kad sam shvatio da nije. Ipak, pošto se događa u istom svemiru, nastavio sam ga čitati usporedo s posljednjim romanom spomenute trilogije, ali onda sam oba ostavio na pola i čitao druge knjige. Ima razloga zašto je to tako. Početak je zanimljiv, ali nakon uvoda priča nikako da krene. A najviše me je smetalo često prepiričavanje događaja između likova. Čak i bez tih ponavljanja roman je jednostavno predug i ima dosta situacija za koje se može reći da su sasvim nepotrebne.U pripovjedanju se izmjenjuje prvo i treće lice; glavni lik zbog indoktrinacijskog virusa sanja o životu drugog lika - jednog od osnivača kolonije na kojoj je odrastao... Neću u detalje, ali na kraju se to sve poveže, pa ta skakanja prilikom izlaganja imaju nekakav payoff. “How long would you have to live; how much good would you need to do, to compensate for one act of pure evil you’d committed as a younger man?” Chasm City je hard sf sa začinom noir krimića, ali to je u svojoj osnovi priča o osveti i iskupljenju.Neki su u osvrtima davali lošije ocjene zbog toga što misle da iskupljenje nije bilo dovoljno značajno da bi nadoknadilo počinjeno zlo, ali zaboravljaju da je to u romanu prosudba lika, a ne autora. Meni je to samozavaravanje samo dodatni plus u karakterizaciji lika.Reynolds je zanimljivo osmislio Revelation Space svijet, a vrijeme radnje ovog romana je prije osnovne trilogije i saznaje se detaljnije o pošasti Melding Plague i samom Chasm Cityju koji se tamo samo spominju. Zanimljivi su i indoktrinacijski virusi koji kod zaraženog izazivaju religijske vizije.Dakle, iako sam čitajući roman mislio da neće biti više od trojke, kraj je bio zadovljavajući i Reynolds je uspio sve dobro povezati, čak i ispočetka nejasne motivacije glavnog lika, pa evo nekakva mršava četvorka.

  • Ana-Maria Negrilă
    2019-07-04 23:25

    Orașul abisului este un roman ce conține suficiente elemente din recuzita genului - știință, lumi exotice, conflicte intergalactice și violența aferentă. Lumea Orașului abisului este însă foarte bine dezvoltată și destul de coerentă, conținând detalii tehnice, dar și altele ce dau veridicitate (etnografie, mitologie, religie etc.). Din păcate, ca în multe cărți hard SF, personajele sunt deficitare, mai mult niște umbre ce populează mărețul spațiu imaginat. Pline de clișee, aceste umbre sunt mânate de colo-colo, fără ca acțiunile lor să fie motivate în vreun fel din punct de vedere psihologic. Carte este salvată însă de cele trei planuri narative foarte bine mânuite de autor - cel al acțiunii imediate, cel din vis și cel din flash-back-uri. De aceea, aproape nu mai contează că spre final, personajul principal se dovedește neinteresant, cu prea multe personalități scoase din pălăria autorului, dar cu prea puțină coerență din punct de vedere psihologic.

  • Jeraviz
    2019-07-02 00:43

    Una gozada de libro. 4.5 estrellas pero redondeo hacia arriba.Primero de todo, creo que recomiendo leer Ciudad Abismo antes que Espacio Revelación. En esta novela Reynolds sienta las bases del universo que crea de una manera más fácil de entender y mejor estructurada que en Espacio Revelación y te prepara para lo que viene después.En cuanto a la historia, es un libro con tantos giros y cambios de punto de vista que se necesita tiempo y tranquilidad para su lectura. El autor entremezcla 3 y 4 hilos argumentales todos ellos imprescindibles para la compresión final de la historia y en cada uno de ellos tu empatía hacía los personajes van variando del amor al odio con cada nueva acción que realizan. Pero lo mejor de todo es el sentido de la maravilla que tiene Alastair Reynolds, su forma de abarcar cientos de años en una misma historia y que todo cuadre.La única pega que le pondría es que el autor peca de acompañar y ayudar al lector hasta el mismísimo final cuando simplemente con esbozar por dónde iban los tiros serviría.

  • Efka
    2019-07-05 00:20

    Kažkada seniai labai seniai, t.y., maždaug prieš porą metų, tik ką pabaigęs pagrindinę "Revelation Space" trilogiją, buvau pradėjęs ir šią knygą. Kaip ne kaip, ta trilogija man tikrai patiko, o "Bedugnės miestas" yra viena iš penkių šios serijos knygų, nors ir atskira bei su pagrindinės trilogijos siužetu nesusijusi. Kažkodėl vos po kelių puslapių numečiau ją į šoną: gal pradėjau skaityti kažką kito, gal tada Alastairo Reynoldso man jau buvo per daug, nežinau. Ką aš žinau, tai kad džiaugiuosi, jog vistik sugrįžau prie knygos ir ją įveikiau. Nors prasideda ji tikrai lėtai ir labai painiai (ir apie painumą kalbu netgi nepaisant jau perskaitytos trilogijos - tai kaip tada turėtų reaguoti žmogus, kuris šią knygą paėmęs kaip standalone?) tačiau greitai siužetas įsivažiuoja, painumai išsiraizgo ir prasideda tikras gaudynių, šaudynių, medžioklių ir vis ryškėjančių prisiminimų (o gal pagr. veikėjo psichozės?) rollercoaster'is.Kaip ir visose kitose Reynolds knygose, kas ne taip jau dažnai pasitaiko sci-fi autoriams, gan daug dėmesio skirta kuriant personažus. Tad nieko keisto ir tai, kad pagrindinis veikėjas, Taneris Mirabelas, skaitytojui parodomas iš visų pusių. Ir nors pradžioje išnyra tikrai ne fasadinė jo pusė, kurią sunku pamėgti ar vertinti kaip labai įdomią ar intriguojančią, pamažu, romano eigoje, jis "prisitrina" prie skaitytojo ir pasidaro visai savas ir ganėtinai įdomus, nors mielu jo tikrai nepavadinsi. Reynoldsas yra man tikrai patinkantis rašytojas, nes jis kuria puikius, nors ir labai keistus pasaulius, jo kuriamas žanras, bent jau šioje serijoje, visiškai persipynęs - tai ir hard sci-fi, ir cyberpunk'as, ir, dalinai, tiesiog paprasčiausias detektyvas. Nepaisant visko, jam sekasi iš šių, pirmu žvilgsniu tarpusavyje nederančių, ingredientų suplakti tikrai gerą kokteilį, ir rezultatas gaunasi labai malonus ir įtraukiantis. 4*.

  • Jurgen_i
    2019-07-14 21:32

    It's a great sci-fi book, maybe one of the best of this century. There are three main points, why it is so good.1. First is a plot. It is interesting, captivating and consistant, but this isn't so important. Composition is. There are three story lines, from the first glance almost unconnected. But when they finally merge, you can see, how good Reynolds is. This composition is kind of quirky, but it makes the whole picture very beautiful.2. This is hard sci-fi. Reynolds is a physicist, so his fiction is realistic. There are no faster-than-light space travels; beam weapons, i mean of small arms, do not blow up targets or kill instantly, unles some vital organs are hit etc. Although there are some moments i do not agree with, as a whole, from the point of view of natural sciences it is mostly realistic. But strange thing, this book is more realistic from the point of view of logic, psychology, and social sciences. And this i like very much.3. And the most beautiful part - the atmosphere. Virgin jungles of Sky's Edge, small crews at large ships of flotilla drifting in a deep space, and urban ambient of this mesmerizingly nice megalopolis Chasm City. All this is described so vividly that you can feel this deep solitude at the spaceship or weirdness and unsafety of the city. Could someone tell me how to get to Epsilon Eridani system? LOL

  • Lee
    2019-07-04 02:15

    Once again Alastair Reynolds has me all over the place with my thoughts on his books. There are parts of this story that I throughly enjoyed and would happily give four stars and then there are great rafts of it that I found dull and couldn't wait for the chapter to end. Thus three stars is the result. Chasm City has some Revelation Space theme to it, but you couldn't be faulted in thinking that there were two Alastair Reynolds in the authoring world. This story is told in such a different way that it is hard to credit I had just finished reading the same writer. Chasm City is told in three story arcs that curve to a convergence to give you a final understanding of wtf this is all about. The three stories are all interesting and two of the arcs are historical to the first as characters begin to gain their memories back of past traumatic events. There are whole bunch of familiar themes with this, including a copy of The Running Man theme and whilst I was reasonably enjoying the different stories I really really didn't like the main character...at all. It was almost as if the character had sat in his cubicle and read every Stainless Steel Rat novel he could find. His lines were corny and the delivery awful. I admit this may have something to do with the way the book was read by the narrator. This review is coming over somewhat negative and I guess that is indicative to the things that grate you as opposed to the parts that went well. Overall, the story was interesting and there were lots of parts that had my attention. But I didn't love it and never once found myself not being able to put it down. I am going to persevere with Reynolds as I have been told, I should like his work, given my tastes. I am trying Redemption Arc next and hope to find that place where I start to enjoy the story.

  • Mark Hebwood
    2019-07-12 02:23

    Well. I must say I am impressed. It is not often that I find something truly new, and original. That is not in any way meant to be a glib statement - I think all of us who like to read can say that we have encountered many plot twists that are of a similar nature, many clever narrative modes which yet feel as if they pertain to a common class, many beautifully crafted and unique characters.And yet, In Chasm City, Alastair served up something truly new (at least for me) and managed to deliver a reading sensation I have never had before. Two thirds through the novel, he does something with the narrative mode that turned me inside out, and the effect was not diminished for the fact that it was not entirely unpredictable. I saw it coming, but when it did actually happen, I was still stunned. I felt betrayed, disorientated, dislocated. My fictional world had been turned upside down with one word, with one stroke of the pen.But I will stop now before I say too much. It dismays me that I cannot tell you more, but if I did, I'd ruin a seismic shift in reading experience for you. So I can only say that Alastair delivers another complex, intelligent, and highly original read. These reads do not always work for me, for example I was unable to warm to Revelation Space, but even when they don't, there is no doubt that Alastair is a bright guy, who manages to blend astrophysical knowledge and writing skill into a richly textured fictional rendition of transhumanism.And at the heart of it, Chasm City tells a very simple story. Banal even. It is no more than the old theme of "boy avenges the murder of his loved one". But this story is told through one of the most intricately interwoven narrative modes I have ever encountered. This, in the end, is what made this novel stand out for me - the contrast between story and form.

  • Bradley
    2019-07-12 19:30

    There's something very important attached to modern, well-crafted space-opera. It's not precisely the way new and old tech drives the boundaries of plot, nor is it the very common feel of jaded semi-immortals gripping onto their lives in fascist drama. It's something hidden, an underlay of expectations that successfully build so much momentum that the text screams like a runaway train and it doesn't matter how much inane and crazy plot-twists crop up, because you're just left holding on to the ride.Don't get me wrong, this novel wasn't particularly fast paced, but it did maintain a solid clip. I found myself somewhat rooting for the other trying to take over his mind long before the twists made it super plausible as well as inevitable. The only real issue I wanted to make was in the person he had originally began as, since there just wasn't enough presence or emotional immediacy, despite the whole reason for the multiple revenge scenarios. That persona was already lost by the time he knew it was lost, and so there wasn't any immediacy or consequence to it, and I thought that might have been a great opportunity to turn a good book into a good gut-wrenching book.I thought it was quite fun, and I think I'll be recommending Mr. Reynolds widely.

  • Bee
    2019-07-05 02:27

    I tried reading Reynolds as a teen and HATED it. It left me cold and miserable. Now in my thirties I'm finding everything I've been looking for in space opera! Finally! This was a damn good book. Interesting characters (with ridiculous layers of hidden personalities and memories that only get triggered at certain times and and and). Wonderful tech, and civilisations falling from the grace given them by their tech when the Melding Plague takes over everything above a certain complexity.Decent action scenes, with super hightech gorgeous lithe hunters and grimmey genetically modified pigs that will eat you. And the back-story... omg... Sky Houseman and the generations of crew taking care of sleeping human colonists on their way to our first extra-solar system colonisation. Sigh, I WANT MORE! And luckily there are many!

  • Swaps55
    2019-07-14 21:20

    This is the first alastair Reynolds book I read, and I was so blown off my ass I couldn't think straight for a few days. This guy has the perfect toolkit for writing science fiction: a background in astrophysics, an amazing imagination, a strong sense of character and a compelling plot with a deserving ending. What attracts me most to his writing is his uncanny grasp of human nature and human behavior, and what it would evolve into when projected into the future, when technological advancements are as mind-boggling to us as the internet would be to the cave man. Of all his books, I maintain that this one is the most dedicated to the characters, and has the most self-contained plot. Though very dense and extremely satisfying, it does not have the overwhelming, epic scope that his Inhibitor trilogy does (this book takes place in the Inhibitor universe as a standalone piece, although reading it will provide a lot of helpful insight into the trilogy). The focus is a lot narrower, which is what I think allows him to dwell more on the societal construct that I found so fascinating. While his exposition gets to be extensive, and the technobabble overwhelming, through those things he establishes an unmistakable command of his material, something more science fiction writers need to establish. If you want a lesson in pushing boundaries, this is it. If you read science fiction, are a fan of space opera, and/or write in this genre, this book should be required reading. It honest to God changed the way I look at science fiction.

  • Tudor Ciocarlie
    2019-06-23 18:37

    Chasm City is a rare breed - a complex well-integrated multi-layered plot and a page turner with satisfying pace right up to the end. It is a book that makes you wonder in delight but at the same time envelopes you in tension and mystery. It will engage with your mind and leave you very satisfied at the end.

  • MadProfessah
    2019-07-18 20:37

    British science fiction master Alastair Reynolds has very quickly become one of my favorite authors and Chasm City is a big part of that. Although it is not formally in the Revelation Space trilogy of Revelation Space, Redemption Ark and Absolution Gap, it is set in the same universe as those other books, like The Prefect and his short story collection Galactic North.Specifically, Chasm City is located on the planet Yellowstone, which once featured the most advanced human civilization in Reynolds' Revelation Space universe; the planet and its environs are mentioned frequently in Revelation Space and Redemption Ark.The main character of Chasm City is Tanner Mirabel, or at least we the reader think it is. One of the themes in Reynolds' work that I have noticed is the idea that the narrator doesn't always know their own identity. In other words, the threat of subversion of one's individual identity is always a possibility. Tanner arrives on Yellowstone from another planet called Sky's Edge in order to kill Argent Reivich, whom he believes killed the woman he loved (who just happened to have been the wife of the crime boss Cahuella who hired Tanner to be his chief of security). This storyline appears to be a pretty straightforward revenge tale.The second, more intriguing story is about Sky Haussman, the original colonist of Tanner's home planet Sky's Edge, who in the intervening centuries since the planet's colonization has become revered as a near God-like figure by some but a Machiavellian mass-murderer by others. Tanner has been infected with a bizarre virus which causes the infected to bleed stigmatically from the palm and to dream obsessively about the life story of Sky Haussman and the sad, bizarre tale of how Sky's Edge was colonized.There are multiple other subplots, which are also well-written and fascinating. One of the most memorable involves a bizarre extra-terrestrial  creature which is part plant and part reptile called a hamadryad which Cahuella is obsessed with capturing and confining in his private zoo/garden. Another subplot involves a subculture in Chasm City which revolves around a particular drug called "dream fuel." This dangerous substance allows users to avoid the devastating effects of the Melding Plague (a nanotech virus which destroys all machines at a cellular level, including nanomachines that most advanced humans possess during this era and which shows up in the other Revelation Space novels).Chasm City is the most ambitious and intricately plotted of Reynolds novels, and, in my opinion, the most successful. The threads come together in a surprising way. I thought I had figured out the secret twist about two-thirds through the novel but there was a twist on the twist which completely floored me.Any lover of well-conceived speculative fiction who has an appreciation for other genres (especially hard-boiled detective fiction) will not be disappointed by taking the time to read Chasm City.Author: Alastair Reynolds.Title: Chasm City.Length: 704 pages.Publisher: Ace.Date: May 27, 2003.PLOT: A+.IMAGERY: A.IMPACT: A.WRITING: A+.OVERALL GRADE: A+/A (4.15/4.0).

  • Jason
    2019-07-03 20:36

    5 StarsChasm City is now one of my favorite Alistair Reynolds novels. I have been a huge fan of his for a long time and I love all things Revelation Space. This standalone novel that is a pseudo prequel to the Revelation Space series is different from the rest.This is a classic Alistair Reynolds novel that is a bit lighter in the hard science genre. This weekend is not a technical book or one filled with physics and mathematics. It is a space thriller and revenge novel that shows glimpses of space opera, horror, cyberpunk, and serial crime. Reynolds not usually known for having his characters be the novel's show piece, has created a protagonist in Tanner that is top notch. He also has added in a decent and memorable support cast.Like all Reynolds books, this one is not short. It is however a fast paced easy page turner that I could not put down. The action is fantastic. From the jungle to the moon, from lakes to outerspace, and caves to canopies. The action is intense, varied, and a serious blast...The genetics and the virus are standouts in this book and this universe. Hell, the name for it, The Melding Plague is bad ass on it's own. Reynolds is one of my very favorite authors and I now have read what might be my favorite novel of his. My highest recommendations...Awesome!

  • Claudia
    2019-06-19 19:27

    “How long would you have to live; how much good would you need to do, to compensate for one act of pure evil you’d committed as a younger man?” The darkest in the Revelation universe so far, even horrifying one, with a brilliant crescendo in events and terrifying characters. I changed my feelings about the main one several times during reading, from pure hatred to pity and sympathy and now that I finished it, I have no idea whether I hate him or not.“’Why would people want to experience something like that?’ I asked. He grinned at the youth.’ Hey, what is this, rocking philosophy hour? How am I supposed to know? This is human nature we’re talking about here; it’s already deeply fucking perverted.’” Don’t expect too much action – it’s a one man quest into his mind, mostly. But what a quest…It occurred to me at some point that Al Reynolds’ works are for sci-fi literature what is ballet for dance or opera for music: exquisite, high class performance. I had my share of sci-fi so far, but I can’t find anyone else to rise to this level of writing. Cannot recommend him enough.

  • Robert
    2019-07-03 19:32

    Veering off on a tangent from Reveleation Space, Wales' best ever SF writer (please point out other serious contenders for this title, if you know of any) takes us on a tour of the nano-plague infested Chasm City, as seen through the eyes of Tanner Mirabel. Or does he? In fact, the 1st person narrator is a completely sick, psychopathic mass-murderer who thinks he's a totally a-moral weapons dealing murderer who thinks he's an a-moral mercenary with a sense of honour who thinks he's infected with a virus that causes him to worship the person he actually is.This ends up being a bit bewildering by the time it's all revealed, not only for the protagonist but for the reader. It also stopped me feeling greatly sympathetic to the character, although he seems to become steadily more likeable as the story progresses - until he finally knows who he is and ends the novel determined to make atonement for his sins or search for redemption. He starts this project by setting up a business that requires hiring assassins...It's a fun read and first time round, surprising.PS. Did I mention that there's a nutso, sadistic dolphin, too? At least he knows who he is, though.

  • Lightreads
    2019-06-20 01:37

    I am so jaded: you read one book about plagues that eat nanotechnology, and religious experience as the result of an indoctrinal neurovirus, and the particular kind of psychosis that results from decades-long sublight space flights, you’ve read them all.Particularly when you’ve actually read three, all by the same guy. Seriously, Alastair Reynolds, think about something else! And this book is a mess anyway – bloated, terrible dialogue (seriously, the narrator of my audiobook did the best anyone could, and everyone still sounded like they were reading off teleprompters), oh and some deus ex alien. Reynolds generally has better gender politics, too. And he is one of the worst offenders of the ‘don’t write about how the whosit drive works, write about how it feels to use it,’ thing.That’s too strike outs for him – I didn’t much like Century Rain either. I wonder if any of his later stuff is better edited? Or, you know, about some-fucking-thing else.

  • Oscar
    2019-07-17 02:18

    Esta novela de Alastair Reynolds, es la segunda incursión del autor en el Universo de Espacio Revelación, aunque puede leerse de manera independiente. Estamos ante una space-opera de corte clásico, en el que el sentido de la maravilla y la imaginación se encuentran a raudales, sobre todo en el primer tercio de la novela.Tanner Mirabel es una asesino a sueldo que busca al asesino de la esposa de su jefe, para lo que tendrá que viajar a Ciudad Abismo en busca del culpable, de nombre Argent Reivich. Pero cuando llega a Ciudad Abismo se encuentra con algo que no esperaba.El universo creado por Reynolds es muy rico y complejo, sobre todo la descripción de la ciudad que da nombre al libro, que no tiene nada que envidiar a Kafka. Aunque la obra es bastante larga, resulta muy interesante y amena. No es la mejor novela de Reynolds, y aun así, está muy por encima de las mejores obras de otros autores de ciencia ficción.