Ok, so I'm 79% into Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds, and while I quite like the book and universe, it's a 600 pages hard core sci-fi, and tome 2, Chasm City, is a 700 pages door stop with a slow plot, so I feel like I'll enjoy a break. Chasm City is a standalone prequel in the same universe. The series is a trilogy - Revelation Space, Redemption Ark and Absolution Gap - with two detached standalones - Chasm City and The Prefect - and several shorter works. I love them, but they are pretty heavy and I did space them out over many years.
Yeah, I figured that one by reading the blurb... Somehow was confused enough to still think that it was nº2 in the series...
To be honest though I'm getting tired of Revelation Space
, because of the amount of time when the author has a character disclose ALL the info to another one, but cuts to different scenes before we get to hear the actual arguments and actual reasons for their actions.
I swear it worked fine once. Maybe twice, but when they convince a third bunch of characters to please not do this or that because..- CUT! Different scene.... ARGH! It's getting on my nerves.
Everyone knows now, why they should not go and do what they're doing, everyone but me, and that's been going on for the last 200 pages. I feel more and more dissociated from the characters as I fail to understand their motivations, and I'm getting more afraid of the punch moment when it'll be revealed to me, as it will not be something that I can guess...
You know how it's always so cool in Sanderson stories, because the one revelation moment comes crashing down and it follows the rules of the magic system that have been put in place since the first pages. Typically in Elantris
... These Eureka moments are particularly fulfilling because you understand things along with the character.
In Reynolds' book I'm frankly not sure I'll feel so adamantly concerned by whatever happened in the dawn war that makes the Mademoiselle convert everyone to her side....
is winning so far! But it'd be nice to get to a serious podium position so I can read a second and third as well. We have time.