5 thoughts on “Pushing Ice

  1. warning : might contain slight spoilers !

    [7/10] this book falls about halfway between “OK” and “really like it” . Well written, but a bit verbose and light on the scientific speculative part. A lot of good ideas are only touched upon or mentioned in passing, leaving the focus of the novel on interpersonal relationships and some space opera fireworks.

    Of the three distinctive parts of this epic, the first – dealing with an industrial spaceship chasing after a rogue satelite – reminded me of the mo

  2. Alastair Reynolds is like a sci-fi triple threat, big “SFnal ideas”, unpredictable plot, and well developed characters, all wrapped up in very readable narrative. After reading six books by him I now feel like I can always come back to him a “reliable author” for a good reading experience. One of these days he will probably let me down badly because that always happens when I become complacent about an author but I see no sign of that so far.

    Pushing Ice is often cited as one of Reynolds’ best bo

  3. Review – Retcon

    OK. Here’s the thing. In my initial review (quite a while ago) I ranted a bit about one or two things that bothered me about Pushing Ice. Lately though, I find that the novel keeps haunting me. A lot. Since this is exceptional, I went back and had a quick glance at some of the details. While I still have an issue with some aspects of the power struggle dominating the story, I have to admit that there is quite a bit of wonder to be had from the novel. The Structure, in particular

  4. Dear Alastair Reynolds,

    Why do I come back to your books? That’s the question I kept asking myself, when reading this book.

    This is not to say that all of your books are absolute drivel, like this one is. And, it’s true, Pushing Ice is not without some interesting ideas and speculation… that could have been explored in about half as many pages and one third the flat dialogue that one can only skim after awhile.

    Now, the tech you have down, and you know your science, which I very much appreciate.

  5. I’ve just tried picking this up again after a long hiatus but I’m going to have to give up and call this one unfinished. This doesn’t happen to me often but I can’t face reading any more.

    The main problem for me is the characterisation. It’s all so cardboard cut-out, thrown-together stereotypes, as if stereotypes are somehow okay as long as you mix them up a bit; everyone’s reasons for doing things are either underexamined or just make no sense. The only person who feels vaguely non-cardboard is

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