Nothing like an audiobook to make your commute better! #scifi
Well THAT'S an evolutionary road I'm glad we didn't go down. Eeeek.
Children of Time is currently on sale for the Kindle. The premise of this book is fantastic. Humans are colonizing space using an uplift virus on primates. However, on one planet, spiders get uplifted instead. You watch spiders grow as a society. The book is beautifully written and a fun thought exercise. #kindledeals #ebooksale #scifi
@Geeklet The #sffs package you sent is like an interstellar Mary Poppins satchel, just when I thought I had removed all of the delightful books, delicious snacks & thoughtful bookish paraphernalia... another surprise was awaiting! I have been wanting to read all 3 books for awhile, & Red Vines Harry Potter gummies & Heath! I'm now set for snacks this weekend. And books! Thanks @Avanders for setting up a unique swap, hope to see it again!
This extraordinary book spans millennia, kicking off with an attempt to terraform a distant plant, an act of scientific hubris so extreme that it triggers a devastating war back on Earth. When refugees from Earth arrive seeking a new home, what they encounter is wholly unexpected. I loved everything about this book, especially the brilliant depiction of evolving cultures, the impact of received wisdom, and the challenges of first contact.
That is all.
Audio narrator Mel Hudson is so cussing good she needs her own cussing post.
Somehow she is able to provide a massive cast of humans and giant sentient spiders with their own unique voices, some in future accents that don‘t even exist.
And she delivers this book‘s many many f-bombs (if your were one of the last humans alive on a failing starship you‘d cuss a lot too) with such varied emotions that I found myself looking forward to them.
If you have any interest in science fiction this is a Must Read!
When an experiment goes wrong at the edge of space, a race of spiders gains sentience & populates a planet.
Millenia later the last of humanity is looking for a new home.
An in-depth look at the development of spider society, their technology, art, & culture, is balanced with the complex human characters fighting to survive. You will love humans & spiders before the battle begins
Audio version. Earth is uninhabitable. A journey through space is humanity's last chance. But along the way to find a new home, the past comes back to bite them, in more ways than one. This story, necessarily, spans a lot of time. It questions many things about humans, sentience, scientific endeavours. Really good read with an ending I couldn't guess.
Just started the audiobook. Excellent, so far. It's going to be a good weekend of reading, I think.
This is a fantastic scifi that makes you think and surprisingly makes you have feelings for giant spiders. This was my first book by Tchaikovsky, and I'm definitely excited to try out his fantasy now.
Public Service Announcement: Adrian Tchaikovsky‘s Children of Time is Audible‘s Daily Deal today, and the ultra-prolific Tchaikovsky is one of my favorite authors.
I‘ve read 6 of his books and all of them have rocked me. Children of Time is his first foray into science fiction, and I can‘t wait to listen once my month of horror concludes.
Whoa! That ending surprised me. I was all poised for something else. Good misdirection that then all makes perfect sense.
I want to argue with the biology -- the nanovirus might as well be magic because I feel it isn't actually possible for such a thing to work in the way described. I'd need to read over a couple of bits again to feel more sure, though.
Overall, enjoyable: I was surprised how much I came to care. Need to review at length soon!
Really good, original Sci-fi. 5 stars!
I've been doing mini #MakeMeReadIt polls on Twitter. Here's the latest -- Children of Time, Blackout, Waking Gods or The Classical World? (Votes on Twitter are preferred if you have an account -- easier to keep track. If you vote on Twitter *and* leave a comment with your choice, tell me so I know not to count you twice!)
I'm glad I'm no longer so freaked out about bugs, because this would be making my hair stand on end if I was. Now I'm just intrigued and trying to figure out if the science really works (how is the virus accessing the gametes? And not just at their formation but throughout the host's lifetime? How is it encoding knowledge, how do you make learned experience into a protein or even an RNA?).
I'm glad I waited until now to read this, because my brain is enjoyably full of comments and questions drawn from what I'm learning in my third year biology revision. I'm enjoying the concepts as a hard science which I understand, more than enjoying the human aspect, at least so far. But I'm not far in.
Good price on this one today.
Hey littens!! Going away for a few days (I get to see my best friend 😃😆😁) so I need some ebook recommendations! I have the one tagged above left to finish, but that won't take me long. I will read just about anything 😊 thanks in advance 💜💙💛
If you meant to vote for the next #readingenvyreadalong, the poll closes on the 23rd. The top two are neck in neck while the third has been moving rapidly. Which titles are they? I will reveal all on Saturday. You do need to be a member of the Goodreads group to vote, but we'd love to have you. https://www.goodreads.com/poll/list/213993-reading-envy-readers?type=group
It's been a long time, Litsy. But Facebook is making my anxiety so much worse and I need a peaceful place. So here's some of my 2018 reads!
Finally finished! This took me a long time to read but only because it kept blowing my mind that I had to read it in shorter intervals than I normally would. This is unlike any book I've ever read. It is the smartest piece of science fiction writing I've come across to date. I'll be keeping this on my shelf, ready and willing to lend to anyone who is ready to take on the challenge. 💚
Tchaikovsky understands good writing, and he understands the science behind his work. The level of familiarity and knowledge he has as professional of zoology is so remarkable in this book and for the first time, I felt I understand these creepy, alien creatures we refer to as spiders. The ending was perfect, inspirational and emotional. I truly wish there were more books like this one.
I have been promised giant sentient spiders in space, and I am very excited. 🕷
This book was so different from what I've ever read. I enjoyed reading about the first two thirds, and then the chapters with the inhabitants of the planets started to drag on and I found myself tempted to skip paragraphs , which I never do
That being said it was such an original & clever plot which is why Im giving it a pick
If you dont like spiders you may struggle with this. I hate spiders but the book was so damn clever I had to overlook it
And we areeee done! Houston, it was pretty decent, so we have no problem. 8️⃣ out of 10.
It took a while and didn't engross me I have to admit. Adrian does some excellent story-telling work and the characters (both human and "non") are thoroughly fleshed out. I found, from chapter to chapter, having to remind myself that the time scale has changed significantly. Also, the science "crunch" sometimes is a little in depth. However, great read!
Currently reading Children of Time. So far; bloody detailed and clever with words! Definitely need to make sure I'm not too tired when I read it!!! #ChildrenOfTime #AdrianTchaikovsky #GoodRead #LongBook #Detailed #NeedToStayAwake #WheresMyCoffee
Took a detour from #slaythatseriesreadathon to finish this one. Truly excellent science fiction. Hats off to Tchaikovsky for making 'astronaut spiders' seem so plausible, I wasn't sure whether to hope for them or the remnants of the human race.
And relax. The great number of ants that seem to be surrounding me are making this book spring to life! Interesting read so far, not what I expected from the blurb, but I think I like it 😃
Hit the halfway point. This is fascinating science fiction. BSG meets Speaker for the Dead. If I had more time in my life for reading ... it would be unputdownable.