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World's End (Snow Queen Vol. 2) (edició 1985)

de Joan D. Vinge (Autor)

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Book two of Joan Vinge's belovedSnow Queencycle of classic science fiction, back in print! When BZ Gundhalinu's irresponsible older brothers go missing in World's End, a badlands rumored to drive people mad, he begrudgingly goes after them. The further in he travels, the stranger things get. The Snow Queen Series The Snow Queen World's End Summer Queen Tangled Up In Blue Other Books 47 Ronin Catspaw Cowboys & Aliens Dreamfall… (més)
Membre:CozyRaptor
Títol:World's End (Snow Queen Vol. 2)
Autors:Joan D. Vinge (Autor)
Informació:ORBIT (1985), Edition: paperback / softback, 256 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:****
Etiquetes:No n'hi ha cap

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World's End de Joan D. Vinge (Author)

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    The Summer Queen de Joan D. Vinge (trixtah)
    trixtah: The Summer Queen picks up from where World's End leaves off, and describes what happens to the world of Tiamat once the stardrive is rediscovered.
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    The Snow Queen de Joan D. Vinge (trixtah)
    trixtah: World's End is the sequel to The Snow Queen, and features BZ Gundhalinu
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World's End is not as intricately plotted as The Snow Queen, and though it's much shorter, the plot drags more slowly in places. One character, Spadrin, seems to exist solely to annoy the reader for no reason at all for many pages. Finally, all comes neatly together in an exciting reveal, but the novella could have been half as long. (I wonder if this started as a short story that the publishers wanted to stretch to book length.) Looking forward to The Summer Queen and hoping it's more like The Snow Queen than World's End. ( )
  stephkaye | Dec 14, 2020 |
Where The Snow Queen struck me as surprisingly contemporary (or maybe timeless), World's End did seemed stuck in the 1980s. Both the outdated approach to gender and sex and the actual prose were not to my tastes.

Beyond that issue, I also found much of the story to be a miserable slog, and the older I get the less interested I am in stories that are heavy on unrequited pining. The plot itself was pretty interesting, but all in all, I'm hoping the other two books in the series bear more in common with The Snow Queen than with World's End. ( )
  elenaj | Jul 31, 2020 |
World’s End is the second book in the Snow Queen Cycle. I enjoyed it quite a lot, although maybe not for the same reasons I had enjoyed The Snow Queen. It’s very different from the first book in both setting and style.

At half the length of the first book, this story is simpler and more focused. We follow one of the characters who had left Tiamat at the end of the previous book. (Character name only in the spoiler tags: BZ Gundhalinu.) He’s gone to another planet to muddle through his rather messed-up life. This planet has a location called “World’s End”, where people go off seeking treasure, but many never return. His brothers are missing after having gone in search of treasure themselves, and our main character goes off in search of them. Most of the book is told in the first person as the character recounts his adventures, with some framing chapters in the third person.

If you’ve read the first book, that description may make you wonder how it could possibly relate much to The Snow Queen at all. In many ways it just feels like a short, diversionary story about a pretty likeable character from that first book. However, there is a connection eventually, and it’s a big one that I expect to be very relevant to the next book.

The plot held my interest well and the pages in the book seemed to fly by. The first half is more of an adventure story, but things become increasingly more mysterious toward the second half. I did have some frustrations with the main character. I liked him quite a bit in the first book, but we didn’t really get to know him all that well in retrospect. In this book, I was often frustrated by how poorly he stood up for himself, and how gullible he was, sometimes falling for the world’s most obvious traps. I guess because he was an Inspector, I expected his training and experience to serve him better, but I started to feel like he really was rather incompetent. I liked his motives, especially toward the end, and some of his introspective thoughts, but I wanted him to be more competent. ( )
1 vota YouKneeK | Apr 27, 2020 |
This is Volume 2 in the Snow Queen Cycle. Harcover copy.
From the inside front flap:
BZ gundhalinu, police officer of the Hegemony, member of the elite "tech" class of the ruling planet Kharemough, left the planet Tiamat before the Stargate closed, cutting himself off forever from the simple barbarian girl who gave him back his sense of self-worth. Moon Dawntreader Summer is the the Summer Queen, and BZ knows he can never again be her lover. But the strict Kharemoughi codes of honor have made him an outcast, too, and he selects a remote outpost of the Hegemony for his new assignment: Four, a planet where the police work is tough and never-ending, and where he can try to forget. ( )
  gypsysmom | Aug 24, 2017 |
Quite a good tangential story to The Snow Queen. Picking up the tale of BZ Gundhalinu after he has left Tiamat in disgrace, it is told in the form of BZ's diary entries looking back at his time on World's End, from where he was trying to rescue his brothers. Once he reaches World's End, he is recruited by her mother to also rescue a sybil named Song.

This first-person introspective is a disjointed and disturbing study of one man's descent into insanity. Or is it? The reveals that come near the end of the story will clearly have huge ramifications for Tiamat as well as for the rest of the Hegemony. On to the Summer Queen to see how this all plays out! ( )
  ScoLgo | Jun 24, 2016 |
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Book two of Joan Vinge's belovedSnow Queencycle of classic science fiction, back in print! When BZ Gundhalinu's irresponsible older brothers go missing in World's End, a badlands rumored to drive people mad, he begrudgingly goes after them. The further in he travels, the stranger things get. The Snow Queen Series The Snow Queen World's End Summer Queen Tangled Up In Blue Other Books 47 Ronin Catspaw Cowboys & Aliens Dreamfall

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