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Chasm City, by Alastair Reynolds March 24, 2014

Posted by stuffilikenet in Uncategorized.

Chasm City, by Alastair Reynolds is the second in his Revelation Space series and a worthy successor.  It seems completely unrelated to the previous book, but I promise the connection is made plain in the NEXT book in the series, Revelation Space .

Chasm City is just that; a city with a breathable atmosphere inside a huge hole in the ground from which vapor pours, some breathable and some steam.  Chasm City was once a beautiful high-tech nanite paradise until the Melding Plague came and ruined it and most people (those with nanites inside them).  Now it’s insanely chaotic and this of course makes for great storytelling.

Alastair Reynolds does not disappoint. The visitor to Chasm City describes the jumble of a city with a sort of noir detective’s eye; cynical, jaded, world-weary.  He’s there nominally on a mission to find his boss’ killer, and take revenge.  He has holes in his memory from hibernation sleep, and the holes get filled in with..strangeness.

Surprisingly, the strangeness of his new memories is more interesting even than Chasm City.  I can’t help but wonder about the metaphor, intentional or not.

Great writing, great series of books. The audiobook version I heard was well-done, and helped put me in this guy’s head…which turned out to be a very uncomfortable seat.


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