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World his parents have so carefully kept him from a world where gigantic trees each house thousands of humans and another human I hesitate I’ve read and been haunted in a good way by a growing number or Robert Reed’s novels and shorter works It’s not unusual for me to feel a bit disoriented at times by the often implicit nature of his story telling In The Memory of Sky the characters are unmistakably uniue and their struggles well described playing out over a world so rich and so richly different than anything almost anyone could imagine Yet yes yet the story that was so intricately woven seemed to loosen and toward the end The Four or the Twelve if the Eight in One is given its due had but a tentative mutual relationship at best by the end; how could they create much of anything together when two or three and maybe four had acted or threatened to act to annihilate one or of the other self healers by spraying the brain in small pieces far and wide? What did they have to do with what was implied as the new better world coming into existence? A bridge was missing What did they think about or feel toward these children in this new world? Spirit Babies: How to Communicate with the Child You're Meant to Have yes I Married a Billionaire (I Married a Billionaire yet the story that was so intricately woven seemed to loosen and toward the end The Four or the Twelve if the Eight in One is given its due had but a tentative mutual relationship at best by the end; how could they create much of anything together when two or three and maybe four had acted or threatened to act to annihilate one or of the other self healers by spraying the brain in small pieces far and wide? What did they have to do with what was implied as the new better world coming into existence? A bridge was missing What did they think about or feel toward these children in this new world?

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The Memory of Sky Great Ship #4

Species the papio rule its far edges Does Diamond hold the promise to remake one species and perhaps change all of the Creation The first 23 of this book was a real page turner I found myself trying to figure out not only who but what the protagonist was I thought his journey from innocent child to runaway to protected treasure to evil monster was interesting as was the political system and antagonist leaders But somewhere after the first half of the book things began to fall apart I felt that the protagonist and some of the minor characters did things that were completely out of character for them Other characters who had seemed real just dropped off the page and were only used as cardboard cutouts from that point on Additionally it was a lot of writing and reading just to stay in place I did read all the way through but wish it had been cut by a third or had a better payoff at the end Still the first part of the book was really good

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Diamond is an odd little boy a seemingly fragile child who proves to be anything but An epic story begins when he steps into the Imagine a vibrant noisy world in which trees hang from the sky and humans dwell in their trunks where sunlight and monsters drift up from the mysterious demon floor far below Into this chaotic order a child is born a child who has the ability to remember any fact to subtly alter his form to heal from any wound His very humanity is a gift a promise of a future where his descendants are a little closer to immortal and invincible The child is a precious invaluable terrifying prize for whatever district or whatever people can claim him But like any power that can be avariciously hoarded the child's very potential may be enough to tip the world into apocalyptic destructionI have to admit that I'm one of those shallow readers who is seduced by cover art and between Memory of Sky's gorgeous artwork evocative title and appealing blurb on Netgalley I was sold The description made the story sound like a childhood adventure a romp in a beautiful and creative world a cozy fluffy readIt isn'tIndependent of the nature of your preconceptions The Memory of Sky is not what you think it is While at times it seems to be the story of the adventures of a special boy or a coming of age tale or a war story the narrative undergoes abrupt and disconcerting shifts It is not exactly hard scifi or space opera or high fantasy The closest I can come is an incredibly creative story of speculative fiction marked by an unusual yet absorbing writing style and a world that is simultaneously uncomfortably close and disturbingly alien to our ownThe world is a vibrant noisy place where every movement follows some infinitely intricate ordered plan The enormous batlike leatherwings swoop between the enormous trees that hang from the sky ducking around the industrious treewalkers who scamper up the tree ramps and into the dwellings within the trunks Far away from the majestic bloodwood trees that house the palaces and universities and markets in the treewalkers' District of Districts the stolid papio the landwalking cousins of the treewalkers toil amongst the vast coral beds Farther below even the papio some adventurous treewalkers ride the winds down towards the demon floor the bottom of the earth the mysterious hot place from which light and rain and the monstrous coronas emergeThe writing style is peculiar yet oddly vivid After an initial adjustment I found myself savouring it; I loved how it tempered my perspective of the world; I thought the style was as peculiar and unbalancing and vivid as the story itself I think the aspect that I loved most was the way that Reed was able to construct a definition of normality that deviated so sharply from our own As far as I can tell Diamond is human in appearance and the treewalkers are peculiarly simian from our perspective Reed manages to perfectly capture treewalker perspective to portray a world where trees hang from the sky and light comes from below where arms are longer and feet are nearly prehensile as utterly natural Even the tiny details the way that the people count in recitations and days rather than hours and years added a new dimension to the worldDiamond the main protagonist is aptly named Like the almost forgotten diamonds of the lost human world he is a precious object whose very presence has the potential to inspire terrible greed that in turn erupts into fierce conflict Yet Diamond's very peculiarities create a most likely intentional distance between the characters and the reader The story itself starts out bright and cozy yet abruptly drops into depressing tragedy Because of their pain and their sheer strangeness I had difficulty connecting with the characters However the worldbuilding was so creative so fascinating so simultaneously vividly detailed and mysterious that I kept reading If you're a hard scifi reader this might not be the best fit certain aspects of the worldbuilding seemed problematic to me and personally I'd classify it as speculative fiction rather than scifi Also although I didn't realise it until later this is apparently the third book in a series so it is entirely possible that aspects of the story that I failed to understand would be comprehensible with sufficient background While the central mystery remained unresolved for me I still found it oddly satisfying; even if I don't really understand everything I have the sense that the world is solidly constructed and that the answers are out there To tell the truth I was thoroughly enchanted by the disorienting changes in perspective the enigmatic events and even my sheer bewildermentThe best word I can use to describe The Memory of Sky is different While it is far darker than the books I usually read and while aspects of the plot feel both inevitable and tragic I loved the way that it kept me on edge always searching for the clues that would help me to unravel the worldExcerpted from my review on booklikesI received this ebook through NetGalley from the publisher Prime Books in exchange for my honest review


10 thoughts on “The Memory of Sky Great Ship #4

  1. says:

    Under the appearance of a classic science fiction story The Memory of the Sky is one of the most usual novels I have ever read From the world and the characters to the way it is written and it plays with reader’s mind this book is an extremely immersive strange and alien experience Some people say that this novel is not as good as Reed’s short fiction It’s true that the American writer is maybe a little too ambitious and tries to do way too many things in the book than is humanly possible to truly explore even in a 600 plus pages novel But a novel doesn’t need to be as clean and as perfect as a short story and even if The Memory of the Sky fails in some of the things that it tries to achieve it is one of the most memorable works of fiction you’ll ever encounterA word of advice Read it like me a book a month because I think that this trilogy works better if you don’t read it as a whole in one go


  2. says:

    Imagine a vibrant noisy world in which trees hang from the sky and humans dwell in their trunks where sunlight and monsters drift up from the mysterious demon floor far below Into this chaotic order a child is born a child who has the ability to remember any fact to subtly alter his form to heal from any wound His very humanity is a gift a promise of a future where his descendants are a little closer to immortal and invincible The child is a precious invaluable terrifying prize for whatever district or whatever people can claim him But like any power that can be avariciously hoarded the child's very potential may be enough to tip the world into apocalyptic destructionI have to admit that I'm one of those shallow readers who is seduced by cover art and between Memory of Sky's gorgeous artwork evocative title and appealing blurb on Netgalley I was sold The description made the story sound like a childhood adventure a romp in a beautiful and creative world a cozy fluffy readIt isn'tIndependent of the nature of your preconceptions The Memory of Sky is not what you think it is While at times it seems to be the story of the adventures of a special boy or a coming of age tale or a war story the narrative undergoes abrupt and disconcerting shifts It is not exactly hard scifi or space opera or high fantasy The closest I can come is an incredibly creative story of speculative fiction marked by an unusual yet absorbing writing style and a world that is simultaneously uncomfortably close and disturbingly alien to our ownThe world is a vibrant noisy place where every movement follows some infinitely intricate ordered plan The enormous batlike leatherwings swoop between the enormous trees that hang from the sky ducking around the industrious treewalkers who scamper up the tree ramps and into the dwellings within the trunks Far away from the majestic bloodwood trees that house the palaces and universities and markets in the treewalkers' District of Districts the stolid papio the landwalking cousins of the treewalkers toil amongst the vast coral beds Farther below even the papio some adventurous treewalkers ride the winds down towards the demon floor the bottom of the earth the mysterious hot place from which light and rain and the monstrous coronas emergeThe writing style is peculiar yet oddly vivid After an initial adjustment I found myself savouring it; I loved how it tempered my perspective of the world; I thought the style was as peculiar and unbalancing and vivid as the story itself I think the aspect that I loved most was the way that Reed was able to construct a definition of normality that deviated so sharply from our own As far as I can tell Diamond is human in appearance and the treewalkers are peculiarly simian from our perspective Reed manages to perfectly capture treewalker perspective to portray a world where trees hang from the sky and light comes from below where arms are longer and feet are nearly prehensile as utterly natural Even the tiny details the way that the people count in recitations and days rather than hours and years added a new dimension to the worldDiamond the main protagonist is aptly named Like the almost forgotten diamonds of the lost human world he is a precious object whose very presence has the potential to inspire terrible greed that in turn erupts into fierce conflict Yet Diamond's very peculiarities create a most likely intentional distance between the characters and the reader The story itself starts out bright and cozy yet abruptly drops into depressing tragedy Because of their pain and their sheer strangeness I had difficulty connecting with the characters However the worldbuilding was so creative so fascinating so simultaneously vividly detailed and mysterious that I kept reading If you're a hard scifi reader this might not be the best fit certain aspects of the worldbuilding seemed problematic to me and personally I'd classify it as speculative fiction rather than scifi Also although I didn't realise it until later this is apparently the third book in a series so it is entirely possible that aspects of the story that I failed to understand would be comprehensible with sufficient background While the central mystery remained unresolved for me I still found it oddly satisfying; even if I don't really understand everything I have the sense that the world is solidly constructed and that the answers are out there To tell the truth I was thoroughly enchanted by the disorienting changes in perspective the enigmatic events and even my sheer bewildermentThe best word I can use to describe The Memory of Sky is different While it is far darker than the books I usually read and while aspects of the plot feel both inevitable and tragic I loved the way that it kept me on edge always searching for the clues that would help me to unravel the worldExcerpted from my review on booklikesI received this ebook through NetGalley from the publisher Prime Books in exchange for my honest review


  3. says:

    I read this book always waiting to see how it would tie in to the previous two and when it finally did I was left confused and a little dissatisfied It's not a bad novel and I think if I had gone into it without the expectations set up by the previous entries constantly waiting to see how the characters and settings were relevant to the Great Ship and its captains I think I'd have enjoyed it So to enjoy The Memory of Sky this is my advice Consider it a stand alone and not a seuel It starts slow but it features a crowd of strongly written and very interesting characters and a setting that was deliciously unintuitive to wrap my head around


  4. says:

    Way too long and way too obtuse This is really three books but only the first two are worth reading and the second has all the failings of the third book Reed could use a really good editor and a focus on communicating with the reader


  5. says:

    I hesitate I’ve read and been haunted in a good way by a growing number or Robert Reed’s novels and shorter works It’s not unusual for me to feel a bit disoriented at times by the often implicit nature of his story telling In The Memory of Sky the characters are unmistakably uniue and their struggles well described playing out over a world so rich and so richly different than anything almost anyone could imagine Yet yes yet the story that was so intricately woven seemed to loosen and toward the end The Four or the Twelve if the Eight in One is given its due had but a tentative mutual relationship at best by the end; how could they create much of anything together when two or three and maybe four had acted or threatened to act to annihilate one or of the other self healers by spraying the brain in small pieces far and wide? What did they have to do with what was implied as the new better world coming into existence? A bridge was missing What did they think about or feel toward these children in this new world?


  6. says:

    Marketed as a Great Ship trilogy in one volume the novels are novella length and like Iain M Banks' excellent Inversions is a stealth Culture novel where you have to tease out the few links to the rest of the series this is kind of a stealth Great Ship book It can be read either in the context of the Great Ship or it can be read as a standalone since it takes place entirely within a much smaller part of the Great Ship which is never specifically mentioned But that's relative The locale is huge enough by itself Reed engages in some remarkable world building here and the results are fascinating His prose style is wonderful and the science is clear Engaging from the first page the tension ramps up and the last and shortest novel The Great Day is impossible to put down I read The Great Day in one session feverishly turning pages This is real sense of wonder stuff every bit as much as the other Great Ship works Reed maintains his status as one of the great writers of New Space Opera


  7. says:

    The first 23 of this book was a real page turner I found myself trying to figure out not only who but what the protagonist was I thought his journey from innocent child to runaway to protected treasure to evil monster was interesting as was the political system and antagonist leaders But somewhere after the first half of the book things began to fall apart I felt that the protagonist and some of the minor characters did things that were completely out of character for them Other characters who had seemed real just dropped off the page and were only used as cardboard cutouts from that point on Additionally it was a lot of writing and reading just to stay in place I did read all the way through but wish it had been cut by a third or had a better payoff at the end Still the first part of the book was really good


  8. says:

    This was a REALLY long and tedious book to read It was an arduous journey to get to where it was obviously going to go before I started reading it yet it explained practically nothing It took me almost 4 months of falling asleep reading this to finish itWhere was that last chapter that actually explained things I could have read 5 or 6 interesting books in the time I spend working on this one falling asleep too easily because I was never once enthralled to care about what was about to happen on the next pageI can only imagine that there is another book forthcoming in 10 years or so


  9. says:

    I should have loved this book It is very well written and has the most amazing setting you can imagine a giant forest growing upside down where the sun shines from below and rain falls upwards Just describing this world evokes pure magic But the book itself somehow suanders the magic I’m not even sure why Is it the detached ironic style? Is it its sheer length? Is it the unsympathetic characters? I don’t know Still I’d recommend it just for the world it creates It is part of a series and I think I’ll take a look at the other books linked to it


  10. says:

    Interesting and well written Part of a series call Great Ship I haven't read any of the others in the series and some of the story is a little confusing especially the ending The story concerns a world where the sun is down and people live in trees or on reefs The strange arrival of some strange humans sets the stage for tragedy and violence Recommended


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