Century Rain

Century Rain

Book - 2005
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Alastair Reynolds's Revelation Spacetrilogy is "one of the most impressive serial space operas of recent times" (Locus). The award-winning author continues to forge the future of science fiction with Century Rain. In the far future, the technological disaster known as the Nanocaust left Earth uninhabitable. Archaeologist Verity Auger continues to explore the remnants of the planet's environment. But Verity is needed to examine something far more important-the discovery of mid-twentieth century Earth at the far end of a wormhole. And on this alternate world is a device capable of destroying both Earths if Verity cannot find the man preparing to detonate it in time.
Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2005.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780441012909
Branch Call Number: SCI FI Reynolds Alastair
Characteristics: 506 p. ;,24 cm.


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Apr 16, 2011

Enjoyable, impressive in scope, but not mind-blowing. This is a big book in very many senses. The scope in the future-world is huge, stretching across centuries of human -human conflict. In contrast, the city life in alternate 1959 Paris is minutely detailed with smells, sounds, textures, and sights.

The characterization is relatively strong, and tension is carried along successfully first by the gumshoe detection mystery, and then shifting to Auger’s race to prevent calamity.
Given the doubled nature of the worlds, the story takes a little time to find its momentum.

When Floyd and Auger join forces the momentum becomes unstoppable. At that point, though, I was a little disappointed that Floyd and Custine edged away from center stage, but it was still fun.


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