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Marrow

de Robert Reed

Altres autors: James Frenkel (Editor)

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Sèrie: Marrow (1), Pamir (out of hiding, 1), Quee Lee and Perri (events of the novel version of "Marrow"), The Great Ship (novel - 4, change of mission, 1)

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The Ship has travelled the universe for longer than any of the near-immortal crew can recall, its true purpose and origins unknown. It is larger than many planets, housing thousands of alien races and just as many secrets. Now one of those secrets has been discovered: at the centre of the Ship is ... a planet. Marrow. But when a team of the Ship's best and brightest are sent down to investigate, will they return with the origins of the Ship - or will they bring doom to everyone on board? 'MARROW is an extraordinary and extraordinarily intelligent novel stuffed with wonder and wit ... should elevate him to the ranks of the very best writers of the genre' INTERZONE For more information on this and other Orbit books, visit the website at www.orbitbooks.co.uk… (més)
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. If you are a science fiction fan, it'd be hard not to be drawn in to the setting, a planet-sized spaceship built by an unknown culture. Add to the ship's origin mystery some mysteries about the effect that near-immortality has the human psyche and this time-spanning, galaxy-spanning novel provokes some deep philosophical thoughts. Some reviews knock the characters in the book, but I felt the characters were delineated and served the plot well. While they are basically immortal, they still exhibit many of the characteristics that make us all human - jealousy, rage, love, fear. It appears there are more books and stories set in this universe. I'll be checking them out. ( )
  alexezell | Nov 14, 2018 |
Marrow is a book full of surprises - I think of myself as a hoary and cynical sci-fi reader, whom nothing can surprise anymore, and so I'm delighted when a book proves me wrong. Marrow is the story of a giant mystery inside an equally giant ship, discovered empty by humans billions of years ago, left in the galaxy by persons and for reasons unknown. Just as you start to get a sense of what shipboard life might be like, you're plunged into something quite different. Reed writes an excellent page-turner, with characters that are rather unsympathetic - too cold or too soft - the kind of issue that normally would prevent me from liking a book very much. But here, the plot was so gripping, I ended up feeling the book was a great read. My only other criticism would be one for which I don't have a solution - in order to accomplish certain plot points, the events take place over vast expanses of time. Centuries can be spanned in a few sentences, which could feel artificial - but either he did that, or changed other things to happen in an impossibly quick time, which would also feel artificial. I think many readers of science fiction will enjoy this one, and anyone who loves a good mystery and a lot of ambition. ( )
2 vota freddlerabbit | Jul 4, 2011 |
One of my absolute favorites! I have reread this book.

It's just hard, high science fiction. I'll think about it more and attempt to describe it better later. Near-perfect! ( )
  TheDavisChanger | Dec 22, 2010 |
They don't come bigger and (initially) dumber than this; an abandoned starship the size of a Jovian planet is taken over by near-immortal humans who take it on a Grand Tour of the Galaxy, not so much as a voyage of discovery but more like an extended cruise, picking up and setting down alien races as passengers along the way. Some of them stay on if they find a niche in the workings of the Ship. And meanwhile, there are office politics amongst the crew on a grand scale, which results in a group of the crew being marooned on the Ship's core (the 'Marrow' of the title) for about five thousand years, during which time they go from mere survival to a functioning high-tech civilization.

I had some misgivings about this novel as I got into it: Reed seemed to have an imperfect grasp of sf-nal terminology, which suggested that this immense vessel was propelled by rockets; an odd thought, but ultimately one which doesn't entirely matter as the novel isn't about the Ship but its inhabitants. Those inhabitants' extended lifespans meant that it took a while for me to pick out any characterisation; the middle part of the book, where the main characters are marooned at the core, seemed to drag on for quite a while; the writing was reminiscent of Robert Forward if he had ever developed anything beyond a cloth ear for language, and I wondered where the story was going, if anywhere; but the novel eventually moved on, tectonically (literally) and it began to pick up for me. The novel ends in revolution and a threat from the depths of both time and the core. Oh, and we eventually get some passages written from the viewpoint of the Ship itself, though these are in no sense revelatory. An ambitiious novel that ultimately seems to work. ( )
  RobertDay | Apr 23, 2010 |
L'idée du livre était intéressante. Un vaisseau énorme, démesuré, arrive dans notre galaxie. Tous essaient d'y aborder. Ce sont les humains qui y parviennent et s'approprient cet énorme artéfact. Ils en font un espèce de paquebot de luxe, capable de transporter des milliards d'espèces différentes dans des habitats adaptés. Tout est démesuré : le vaisseau bien sûr, mais aussi les humains que leur technologie a rendu pratiquement immortels. L'auteur a aussi imaginé quantité de races extra-terrestres originales et, quand même, un vaisseau capable de contenir une planète! Malheureusement, à part ça, l'histoire est confuse et le rythme est trop lent. On s'ennuie donc dans un beau cadre. ( )
  grimm | May 9, 2007 |
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Nom de l'autorCàrrecTipus d'autorObra?Estat
Robert Reedautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Frenkel, JamesEditorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Demuth, MichelTraductionautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Regina, Jane AdeleDissenyadorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Ruddell, GaryAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Warner, BobAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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. . . a sleep, sweet as Death . . . time traversed, and an incalculable distance . . . and then a splash of light emerged from the dark and the cold, its warming touch slowly expanding itself to me, showing suns and little worlds and great swirls of colored gas and angry roaring dust.
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The Ship has travelled the universe for longer than any of the near-immortal crew can recall, its true purpose and origins unknown. It is larger than many planets, housing thousands of alien races and just as many secrets. Now one of those secrets has been discovered: at the centre of the Ship is ... a planet. Marrow. But when a team of the Ship's best and brightest are sent down to investigate, will they return with the origins of the Ship - or will they bring doom to everyone on board? 'MARROW is an extraordinary and extraordinarily intelligent novel stuffed with wonder and wit ... should elevate him to the ranks of the very best writers of the genre' INTERZONE For more information on this and other Orbit books, visit the website at www.orbitbooks.co.uk

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