- Title: Exultant
- Author: Stephen Baxter
- ISBN: 9780345457899
- Page: 321
- Format: Paperback
Exultant Best Read || [Stephen Baxter] - Exultant, Exultant When it comes to cutting edge science fiction Stephen Baxter is in a league of his own His mastery of hard science his fearlessly speculative imagination and his ability to combine grand philosophi
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I would definitely call Stephen Baxter s Exultant an interesting book, but I would be hard pressed to recommend it to anyone It has some very exciting SF concepts, but they are buried in a plot that makes so litle sense and dialog that will make you cringe.Baxter is a man of ideas, but it seems he is too busy pondering grand concepts to put them in the proper context of a good story There are truly mind boggling concepts even too many, it seems, because some have barely a page or two of developm [...]
There was a lot of really interesting stuff in this book I don t understand all the reviews that say it doesn t tie into the first book of the series, Coalescent It totally does Lots of ways I like the humans as insects analogies, all over the place And the different types of social insects The dark matter theorizing, and the idea of the monads was pretty cool I also thought that Baxter really pulled out of his mold in this book It feels much fresher and alive than the Manifold series, for examp [...]
My husband got this as part of a white elephant gift and the only reason I read it was because I was snowed in from work and bored I was happily surprised I liked how he handled the complications and paradoxes of time travel as well as the emotions, struggles, growth of the characters Good book all around.
Aaaa, so this is why the author had us read the boring Coalescent beforehand No, really, we could ve lived without it Exultant is back in force to kick ass far future starship battles, hard science, warring empires, cool concepts, even some cool character dilemmas The action time wise falls somewhere in the middle of Ring and finally shows humans engaged in battle with the Xeelee The speculations on black hole physics here are so very cool Can t help but 5 this guilty pleasure of mine.
This sets up part of the bigger picture of the series Unfortunately it also fails to bring readers from Book 1 along There is some tie in but it s difficult to recover when you spend the first third of the book wondering why you re reading it.
Vast in scope, a ton of big ideas here, from time travel to FTL speeds, a fun read.
After the digression of Coalescent, Baxter returns to his familiar settings of mind bending physics and far flung futures This book reminded me a bit of The Forever War, but is a bit better done Where Forever has relativistic effects, in Exultant we get full on time travel shenanigans Both feature the disfunctions of military life, cover your ass bureaucracy, meaningless wars and pointless loss of life However, Baxter does a better job with the physics and ideas Neither do a particularly great j [...]
The third part of the book really saved it for me It brought a lot of things together from previous Xeelee books and stories and I really liked that part However I found it difficult to really engage with the main story.
Abandoned at ca 15% thus no rating.Had hoped for a continuation of the story from Coalescent , but this one takes place 10k years in the future and is also very SF with lots of jargon that is way above my head Further I have learned that it would be advisable to read the Xeelee novels first.Baxter is a great writer and I will definitely read other books of his not this one though.
From Publishers Weekly Military SF fans will relish the second entry in Baxter s Destiny s Children trilogy, set long after the events recounted in 2003 s Coalescent When navy pilot Pirius and his crew violate protocol during a skirmish with the alien Xeelee and end up capturing a ship from mankind s most ancient and most powerful foe, instead of accolades, two versions of Pirius Pirius Red and Pirius Blue, from different time lanes receive punishment Pirius Red accompanies the eccentric Nilis w [...]
This is the second book of the Destiny s Children trilogy, and I quite enjoyed the first, Coalescent see here , so I was expecting to enjoy this one too But oh dear The earlier book had two main narratives, one set in the present day and the other in Ancient Britain Exultant is set wholly in the distant future, when humanity is at war with the Xeelee, and has been for over a thousand years A pair of teen soldiers become involved in a series of attempts to strike a final blow against the Xeelee, [...]
Time travel paradox bifurcate the hero s journey.Baxter has a head full of great concepts, and not all seem to make it to the page intact The war between human and the mysterious Xeelee introduces a lot of wild concepts most familiar among them the idea of war as Malthusian population control , but when we meet the bureaucrats on Earth who command the war effort these ideas teeter on the brink of clumsy satire when the younger Pirius is granted an audience with one such bureaucrat, the man behin [...]
For someone slightly interested in theoretical physics and space operas, this book is it Stephen Baxter takes all kinds of physics theories and thinking and puts it to work in the story The evolution of the universe and how it all came to be is a consistent plot in the books he made This story plays at the end of time in his space opera, the big showdown fight between humanity and its big enemie in the Galaxy, the Xeelee And somehow the fight is about sacrificing young soldiers on rocks in the c [...]
Even Beethoven wrote a few duds This sequel to Baxter s excellent 2003 novel Coalescent is a real disappointment Its connection with that previous novel is extraordinarily tenuous, and this is the first of many problems, since Exultant fails to follow up on some of the loose threads left hanging at the end of Coalescent But the problems with Exultant run much deeper than that This is the first Baxter novel I ve read that felt like he just phoned it in, like his heart really wasn t in it One wond [...]
This was definitely an interesting read, especially me being someone who is not only a science fiction fan but also a quantum physics fan This books utilizes many current theories of quantum physics, and even builds a few of its own, and paints a universe colorful and full of diversity than I had ever imagined The story is long, so if you re looking for an action packed experience, this isn t for you The story seems unnecessarily convoluted, and drags on in many cases, leaving the reader to won [...]
This is hard science fiction right on the cutting edge of physics, cosmogeny and cosmology just like I like it The plot concerns an interstellar war with an unfathomable species and presents some interesting twists and turns because both sides can accomplish time travel and thereby can receive actionable information from the future Just give some thought to how that would effect strategy and tactics To me, though, the most interesting premise of the book is what is actually something of a subplo [...]
A sequel of sorts to Coalescent, this is the story of a millennia long war in the far distant future between an almost Spartan human civilisation a race of aliens that exist outside the substance of our universe In simpler terms it deals with a pilot named Pirius how his potential to change the course of the Galaxy s history So clearly Baxter felt Coalescent wasn t traditionally sci fi enough decided to make up for that this time around I won t even pretend to know anything about quantum physics [...]
Again, I d really like to give this book 3.5 stars Probably the most readable of the loosely connected trilogy that includes Coalescent and Transcendent, but the least provocative in terms of ideas There is still great stuff in here Love the silver ghosts What I like about Baxter is that he s not repeating tired cliches about a science fiction future He s doing fresh stuff.The only author I can compare him to in the scope of his future historical vision is Olaf Stapledon though perhaps Arthur C [...]
Any Stephen Baxter book with the enigmatic Xeelee automatically goes on my must read list This book was no exception I was very disappointed in the previous book in the series Coalescent The themes of that book didn t gel for me and I frankly found the subject matter disturbing This book was an entirely different case It took me longer to read than most of my books, simply because Baxter does not write what we would consider page turners As with his other Xeelee sequence books, I would read a fe [...]
This book is very different from the previous book I enjoyed it a lot There was flow to the story There were times when it got kind of bogged down just for the sake of being bogged down I believe.I liked the fact that he talked about the coalescent in this book, but it wasn t really in the forefront, unless you talk about the military and the way they used kids for fighting.There was a lot of good ideas in the book and unfortunately, he didn t really go into too much detail The alien seem to b [...]
Exultant is the 2nd in the 4 part Destiny s Children series I found it superior to the story told in part 1 Baxter does not write what I would call classic sci fi He writes like the good and capable story teller that he is creating wide sweeping and complex scenarios that generally sustain a readers attention This story is set far, far in the future in the 3rd expansion of human kind into the universe There is much sort of technical detail in this story that doesn t really work for me, which I t [...]
Better than coalescentges to drag the characters and the story in a good pace which is really difficult in a story like this Nice and interesting possibilities for life but it would have been better if the author found a way to bring out their existence from actual findings in the story arc with reasoning and inferring by main characters rather than from a scientist who finally realizing it and blurting it out to the blue That seems to be the only downside for this book and there s no time dilat [...]
I read the first in this trilogy and it was earthbound real time and historical so familiar I skipped a lot of this follow up which is futuristic and space bound I think it appeals to that part of Baxter s readership that are into space opera, star wars or Haldeman Forever War I enjoyed Heinlein s Starship Troopers but can t see anything better past it I intend to read the third in the trilogy, which at least starts on an Earth with recognisable characters.
It s a good story, original in its ideas about the very beginning of the universe, some of its early inhabitants and the time before the Big Bang, but at times a bit moralistic and in places it is not convincing in its dealing with technical aspects One of the man characters, Commissary Nilis, is not always credible As volume two in the Destiny s Child trilogy, it is an interesting sequel to Coalescent it is not as grippng as that first volume, though.
Amazing depth of imagination about the different stages of evolution of the universe and life I think Baxter needs to stick to this writing style, unlike the books before and after it in this series.It s connection to other books in this series, and the greater Xeelee cycle, is quite baffling Check some chronologies before you read, unless you want to read the conclusion of the Xeelee conflict before it starts
I found this a difficult typical of Stephen Baxter but rewarding book to read There are some interesting mind twisting ideas within and a decent if confusing at times plot This is not a book I would recommend to those new to Stephen Baxters writing or to the Xeelee series but if you have read and enjoyed other earlier books in the Xeelee series it s definitely worth a read.
I just cannot read the first book in any Stephen Baxter series first I always always always start with a non first.Oh well at least I didn t start with the last one this time, like I did with the Xeelee sequence.
This is one of my favorite novels I m a sucker for coming of age stories, high concept science fiction, space battles, and moral conundrums This book isn t lacking in any of those area I think it s Baxter s best Xeelee book by far.
Yet again, Baxter spins a luscious yarn Full of fascinating references to various theories in science stretched to their full consequences Very lively Lots of group sex how bizarre on this planet Reminds me of Biggles My thanks to the City of London lending library service.
Although I didn t like this book I continued reading, but the regards never came Mindboggling physics, but none of the characters are interesting and some concepts in the book are never explained This book for me was a waste of time and not at all as good as the first one in the serie.
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