There are a few weird moments and dialogs, a few not interesting moments that drag a bit too much. The book gets better as it goes, but there is some weirdness even near the end. But, in spite of the negatives, the story overrall is interesting. Some of the charac Hm. Some of the characters are well developed, others are well used secondary characters Those may have important roles in the end, but they are Is it worth reading?
Yeah, because the universe and the implications it has are very interesting. I kinda want to see more of this universe, even if the first book was kinda uneven. Sep 27, Melanie rated it liked it Shelves: I was never really a fan of Science Fiction and this book didn't really change my opinion, but one thing I must say: They can handle the story, but honestly, there are characters that you don't really notice until the end of the book.
Some of them go through the story unnoticed even after the end of the book sorry, Tamika. I tried to like you. But you were as significant as a fork in a drawer. Wh I was never really a fan of Science Fiction and this book didn't really change my opinion, but one thing I must say: While the author did a pretty good job with the two main characters, the others seemed to have their presences shadowed.
The good thing about this book are the ideas and the concepts rather than the story itself. I dare say that the story is actually poor given the vast universe where it occurs and there are several details that are really hard for me to accept like I believe that if the author had focused on the characters relations because Mohandas' interaction with the other crew members was starting to get pretty cool, but he barely talked with Tamika, for an instance and turned the book into an epic adventure rather than a trip to two or three planets and LOTS and LOTS of research, this book would have been a lot more enjoyable.
The world as he described looked pretty nice and the story of Draco and The Pleiads was so awesome, but at a certain point of the story I got lost with so many names that ended up showing up only once or twice. If you like SciFi, go ahead, this book is worth your time. Otherwise, you might as well look for something else to read. Feb 23, Sam rated it really liked it. This is a great effort for a first-time author. The story pulls you in, the Characters mostly are alive and vibrant, and the worlds and technologies are fascinating. Lowrie gives us characters who are convinced they are still entirely and completely human, but who have made themselves gods and are incapable with dealing with the possibility of losing their godhood.
We like these characters. We root for them. In a tiny way, we are even able to remove ourselves from our own mortality and hope th This is a great effort for a first-time author. In a tiny way, we are even able to remove ourselves from our own mortality and hope that these characters achieve their victory over death.
He balances things well for most of the book. But it is also within this conflict that the first of a few minor cracks in his story begin to open. While it is certainly interesting to witness human dealing with mortality - something that we deal with daily and almost don't notice - these characters don't often deal with it well, and their obsessive panic in the face of death gets old after a while. What do you mean someone actually, really, truly, verily DIED????? And then - and I know this is more personal and opinion based - he seems to have a quabble with feminism. He sets up the last major galatic conflict as a war instigated by feminists, a gender war, and harshly misrepresents any rational feminist viewpoints while more of less concluding that feminism is stupid.
I think its a personal preference for my science fiction, but if the author insists on teaching us social lessons, I think he should at least try to hide them within the ethical dilemmas of the story and try to present the opposing case. Other squabbles are minor and could have been fixed with a good editor, and perhaps my bigger issues could have been worked on as well. You should read this. It is certainly worth your time and the few dollars it costs in the kindle library. Jul 14, Teresa rated it it was amazing Shelves: I am so glad that I did. There are plenty of reviews here that give a synopsis The themes that Lowrie wove into his story developed layer upon layer of complexity.
What seemed so simple at first--nice scifi-ish concept of rebooting people, turned into an explorati Amazing What seemed so simple at first--nice scifi-ish concept of rebooting people, turned into an exploration of "what if? Dig a little deeper.
Add centuries of rebooting, and a limited capacity for memory storage. Each person must choose which memories to retain into their next lifespan. How about marriage and "until death do us part"? What happens when people forget what it's like when someone dies, and can't imagine what a child even looks like?
And the concept of a father and a mother is lost to them? How does that change humanity? And what about the people who refuse to be rebooted. Who live on their own world, separate from the sins of rebooting--where communication to the "net" is forbidden? And what happens when the ideology of those two beliefs collide? All of these things seen through the eyes and felt with the heart of the main character, "Mo" short for Mohandas, a man who is much older than anyone would guess.
This is a big story. It never lets up once it starts rolling. The characters are vividly written. And it's a sweeping story. The kind that makes you say, "Damn! That was a good book! Get past the slow start; this one is worth reading. Sep 07, Susan rated it really liked it. It's interesting reading a book by someone you know personally. So with that caveat, perhaps my review cannot be completely objective. I was so struck with the ideas and concepts in this, JPL's debut sci-fi novel that I spent a lot of non-reading time thinking about them.
The book takes place in the distant future, where humans have colonized many planets and can live forever through a re-booting process. They can also buy genetic 'enhancements' like feathers or scales, etc. But the rebooting pr It's interesting reading a book by someone you know personally. But the rebooting process is expensive, so people spend a 'life' - about 60 years - working as slave labor for the Corporations so they can afford their next reboot on some resort planet living it up until their next reboot.
A planet of mysterious slug-like creatures who were the cause of a massive plague that wiped out millions over many planets, may hold an even greater secret for extending life, and the main character, Mo, is roped into a quest to return to the dangerous place in hopes of capturing this secret. Johns' beautiful prose - I found myself re-reading some sentences for the pure pleasure of them - and intelligent science makes reading this mostly testosterone-fueled story absorbing.
Though I have to admit to being very disappointed in the lack of character development. Everyone seems to be just ciphers in the service of the story. No real depth to the characters at all, who mostly speak in a snarky, hipster tone, that grates after a while.
This is most surprising, as JPL is a very talented actor and has spent his own lifetime creating roles and bringing characters to life on stage and film. Would have been a 5-star if not for this significant flaw. Sep 04, Zozo rated it it was ok. First of all, the story has nothing to do with what's written on the cover or in the praise or wherever.
It's not a bad book, but it's all about immortal people who cannot cope with the concept of mortality. Every once in a while the narrator will go on a one-page rant about "oh my god, we could lose him, really lose him, his perspective could be lost to us, he is so brave to live while knowing that he could die, not just die to be re-booted, but actually die, really die, die and not be ressurec First of all, the story has nothing to do with what's written on the cover or in the praise or wherever.
Every once in a while the narrator will go on a one-page rant about "oh my god, we could lose him, really lose him, his perspective could be lost to us, he is so brave to live while knowing that he could die, not just die to be re-booted, but actually die, really die, die and not be ressurected, die, die, die" and after a while it gets pretty boring.
Especially when for us, readers, it's not really such and unimaginable concept, since I too live my life knowing that at the end I will die the real death. The narrator is funny and witty and I like him, but I didn't really want to read about him fearing the real death during pages. And those cool platents they get to go to: I've read quite a few sf books and in those I've seen quite a few cool planets.
So let me tell you that a planet where they don't re-boot, but really die at the end of their first lives, that's not really so cool. Mar 20, Peter rated it really liked it. Another take on psychological aspects of humanity in the far future. Quite an old-fashioned piece of science fiction. I couldn't count many times I came across it and tried to avoid as much. Instead, only humanity itself. But I have to give this book credit for a mesmerizing story telling, creative world building, but the technology is a quite flawed design and why it's tagged as Fantasy.
Too bad, Another take on psychological aspects of humanity in the far future. Too bad, it ended when I was getting fond of Daimler, my only favorite character in the book. He has the balls to clone his wife. He has the balls to sell nukes to end war for feminist. He has the balls to get what he want and lives his life to the fullest while most of the main characters struggle with themselves with moralities. I hope he will continue to write more enjoyable and entertaining books. Mar 13, Olly Ferrie rated it really liked it.
A fresh sci-fi novel from an interesting perspective. Quite well-written and the author appears to have a good grasp of geology, which makes the descriptions refreshing and realistic.
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I liked the fact that the storyline included some good female characters, and actually paid attention to feminism, even if the main feminist agency was a bit first-wave and straw-feminist. There are some good concepts in the book, which helped make it hard to put down, a very intriguing story with nice comments on s A fresh sci-fi novel from an interesting perspective. There are some good concepts in the book, which helped make it hard to put down, a very intriguing story with nice comments on society, a very hopeful book and to be honest, quite realistic in light of the current way the Internet is progressing.
The two focus planets of the story are polar opposites: The main character, an Asian man named Mohandas, is well developed and it's quite pleasant to view things from his perspective. Jan 16, Emerson French rated it it was amazing. Though Lowrie's 40th century period piece is full of religious allusions, plenty of sex, political questions and references to twentieth and twenty-first century popular culture, these components do not constitute the whole of the book.
Instead, I would argue the core of the book is the set of questions it does not answer. The main character, Mo, is a narrator with whom we are sympat "Dancing with Eternity" is a very thoughtful book with a moral that is there for the reader to slowly discover. The main character, Mo, is a narrator with whom we are sympathetic, because he is essentially a 40th century version of ourselves.
Other than that short and slightly cryptic description I won't say anything more because I don't want to spoil the novel! But even if science fiction isn't your thing this is well worth a read. I guess I should also mention that the science is quite accurate--with the obvious caveat that it's a sci-fi novel. I highly recommend it.
Mar 01, Haley rated it it was amazing. This kept me reding straight through to the end. It's an interesting take on the lives that may be lead in the future. It wasn't something I expected to really love, but I did. It had such an interesting social structure and a really revolutionary concept. My only negative comment is regarding the amount of detail in some of the setting descriptions.
To me they felt unnecessary and I tended to skip over them. But they didn't take away from the story if I just skipped them. Overall, this is a must read and I was really sad for it to end. I was also surprised that the author didn't have any other novels, and this seemed to be his first one. It would be great to read other novels from him. Jun 10, Jenn rated it really liked it. I don't know how I found this book, but I'm glad I did.
Got a bit draggy around the middle, but plod through that and adventure, adventure. I loved Lowrie's long-haul concepts and themes. Though I thought the blurb sounded rather tacky. I'm glad I read the book first, it's a lot more elegant than that, lol. It's really hard for me to rate this book. The concept was exceptional, the ideas complex and well-researched.
I don't think I've ever read the book which explored the idea of interconnectedness in quite this way. I liked Mohandas and his unique perspective. But, the story drags for a good portion of the book, Mo's interaction with other characters except with Steel is so limited that we didn't get to know most of them by the end of it and the ending is a bit of letdown. It's original, but the It's really hard for me to rate this book.
It's original, but the execution wasn't entirely satisfying. A really fine effort from an Indie author, I thoroughly enjoyed it. In the fourth millenium, anyone with enough money can live indefinitely. The book deals with the implications of this, both in society and in the realm of human emotion and relationship. It becomes almost an extended meditation on mortality, with some pretty involving and poignant individual stories.
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Left me with a vivid sense of the brevity of our own lives as we have them now. Well worth a read. Jun 20, Chris Schammel rated it really liked it. The story is really entertaining, the concepts are very interesting, the storytelling is maybe a little flowery at times, but overall I think it's a great read. I'm really looking forward to listening to it! Jul 07, Eyen rated it really liked it. This book was fantastic. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because it failed to deal with an issue I was really hoping it would tackle.
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I thought the ending was a bit anticlimactic, and there was one part that seemed unnecessarily gory. At any rate, I thought it was imaginative and compelling, and I would certainly recommend it. Jan 18, Buka marked it as did-not-finish. Like in some other sci-fi novels characters seem to play the second fiddle to The Idea here and it's hard to care about them. After stopping for some other book I just couldn't make myself continue with this one.
Sep 21, Lee Wilson rated it really liked it Shelves: A fantastic book; only two critiques - a it jumps around a bit and at times lacks a feeling of continuity and b the ending leaves a bit to be desired in terms of resolution though I'll admit to being a sucker for drawn out endings. Still a remarkable book and highly recommended. Nov 07, Matt Lehman rated it really liked it. It considers the concept of what society would be like if we technologically defeated death!
How cool is that? The societal ramifications make your head spin. Well worth the read. Jul 22, Gary Hudston rated it it was amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed Dancing with Eternity throughout. A superb story set in an extremely interesting sci-fi universe. Paul Oberlin rated it liked it Oct 20, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This is a great book that I have recommended to everyone I know who loves to read. Well, Krupp calls Steel that way on page way before any possible spoiler. It's true that for an inattentive reader that may escape but I saw and remembered it easily and i still was not sure about the spoiler identity anyway as the name is reasonably common Here is the quote from page on my epub version in the ADE reader: First your escapade on Eden.
What the hell was Steel doing on Eden? Liviu, I don't know how to get hold of you other than this. Would you like to review the audio book of Dancing With Eternity? Sorry, I never saw the point of audiobooks and I do not see myself listening to any regardless of how interesting the book itself was. Winners of the Night Shade Books Giveaway!!! Interview with Barry Eisler Interviewed by Mihir Stories Through Inhuman Eye Saturday, September 17, A funny and thought-provoking novel that challenges our traditional beliefs about love, sex, immortality and spirituality.
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The more I progressed through the novel, the more impressive it became and while I will explain some of the reasons later, I will say that Dancing with Eternity turned out to be the first mind blowing sff novel I did not previously know about. Dancing with Eternity stands out in three areas: It is the 40th century and Mo aka Mohandas born on Mars in the 22nd century and named for the famous 20th century Indian leader, has been a lucky man.
Born on the cusp of the great revolutions that transformed humanity for ever - the understanding of mind which led to the "net of human minds" and then to effective immortality and ftl by harnessing the power of minds traveling near light speed - he became a relatively famous architect, wealthy enough to afford the very expensive immortality treatments and weather the three centuries of turmoil when humanity adapted to this radical change.
Led by the amoral but efficient multinational corporations known today as "syndicates", the human race's ruthless expansion into the universe created enough wealth to afford everyone's "rebooting" - as the immortality treatments came to be known - at a price though. And Mo has not passed unscathed through the turmoil, so despite becoming even wealthier, from the stabilization of the 25th century on, he started drifting through life, exploring the ever expanding human reach, mostly as a musician or actor with occasional "domestic lifetimes".
Two other major events disrupted the continual expansion: The main human polity, now known as Draco from the humanity's expansion in that direction, responded with armed intervention and the ensuing war was terrible, finally ending in a truce under which the Pleiades remained politically independent but repelled the gender discrimination laws and reintegrated into the original "net" - this last being crucial since the net's effectiveness depends on the number of minds logged on.