On a broken ship orbiting a doomed sun, dwellers have grown complacent with their aging metal world. But when a serving girl frees a captive noblewoman, the old order is about to change.... Ariane, Princess of the House of Rule, was known to be fiercely cold-blooded. But severing an angels wings on the battlefieldeven after she had surrenderedproved her completely without honor. Captive, the angel Perceval waits for Ariane not only to finish her offbut to devour her very memories and mind. Surely her gruesome death will cause war between the housesexactly as Ariane desires. But Arianes plan may yet be opposed, for Perceval at once recognizes the young servant charged with her care. Rien is the lost child: her sister. Soon they will escape, hoping to stop the impending war and save both their houses. But it is a perilous journey through the crumbling hulk of a dying ship, and they do not pass unnoticed. Because at the hub of their turning world waits Jacob Dust, all that remains of God, following the vapor wisp of the angel. And he knows they will meet very soon....
|Title||:||Dust (Jacob's Ladder #1)|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||370 pages|
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Dust (Jacob's Ladder #1) Reviews
This is a sort of sci-fi fantasy mash-up (reminding me, in approach, if not in tone or content of the pulp era before SF and F became such distinct and separate things: it's set on a spaceship but there's lots of the stuff you'd normally associated with high fantasy, like myths, and bloodlines, and politicking. It seems heavily inspired by Medieval romances (chivalry, princesses, etc.) but everything comes back to advanced technology, so the swords are nanotech and the angels are AIs.
I think th ...more
Finished Dust by Elizabeth Bear a couple of days ago, and really liked it.
A thousand years ago, a sect left Earth in a huge generation ship called the Jacob's Ladder. After about 500 years, something catastrophic happened, disabling the ship's engines. It was parked in orbit around a binary star and patched up as well as possible, but large percentages became uninhabitable. Another 500 years later, the various members of the Conn family feud against each other in several medieval-like holdes. Th ...more
This was a very confusing book. This was also a very good book full of surreal, poetic science fiction and exquisitely complex heroines. I didn't know what was going on until the last fifth of the book, but there was something that kept me tethered to the story. Seriously strange stuff.
To reference Francesca Lia Block, "love is a dangerous angel." And so is this book.
Weird. Interesting. Could have been better but wasn't bad. Agreed with other reviewers that character development was lacking. Will read the rest of the series to see the conclusion.
A lovely read, but I'm not sure that all of the elements of space opera, fantasy, magic and medievalism thrown together add up to a comprehensible story.
A derelict generation ship, post-humans, AI angels and devils, all in danger of being destroyed by a star about to go nova. Somehow the plot is that they can only succeed in saving themselves by an apocalyptic battle over who will captain the ship, and what form they will take.
The writing is great, tensions build as the characters are drawn towa ...more
(January book for "The Women of Science Fiction" 2011 reading challenge.)
The really short version of Dust is that it is a story about the people on a generation ship. Which is, of course, true. But the generation ship has been stuck in “temporary” orbit around this particular star for 500 years after an unknown disaster forced it to find somewhere it could stop for repairs. In that time, the people, and to some degree the ship, have forgotten that the ship is a ship meant to be moving to somewhe ...more
The base concept behind the story I really like: a generation ship with the basic societal structure broken down and distributed unevenly from base components. All the technology is there, but it's all been transformed into myths and legend.
What ruined it for me is about halfway through, when there was an unnecessary sex scene. OK, fine, I can skip over that, and ... oh, look another one! I can appreciate a finely crafted tale with the occasional sexual dabblings, but the story was already faili ...more
Dust is a difficult book to review. It is a work of glorious genre- and gender-bending. It had moments of hilarity and moments of heartbreak, and way more sensawonder than any book I've read this year (including Zelazny's Lord of Light and M. John Harrison's Light). But the characters were ciphers to me through the first two-thirds, and I'm positive that I didn't get any of the allusions fully. Still, I shall do my best, and talk about the elements that occur to me in order.
First, the science fi ...more