A deeply intricate world, with all the elements of a great science fiction / fantasy epic condensed into a single novel. Excellent characters and world-building. A great read!
On the watery planet Tiamat, a variety of self-interested cultures inhabit its decadent city Carbuncle. Thoughtful characters struggle internally and with each other. There is no warfare but there is plenty of adventure. Themes of traditional stories are interwoven with sci fi and contemporary elements to create a colorful tale for grown-ups. Joan D. Vinge's creation is marvelously complex and fluidly rendered.
Very good book! Lot of female characters in it.
Beautiful., January 3, 2006
Reviewer: Snow (Taipei, Taiwan)
Is there such a way to depict how Joan D. Vinge's eloquent use of words can captivate the readers?
No. Only by reading her works could one truly understand how beautiful her story is, as well as how a mere, simple emotion could evolve into a higher degree of sensations and development, for both the reader and the characters themselves.
To me, the Snow Queen is one of the best books I have read ever since. Tragic, yet breathtaking, Vinge has created the perfect illusion of emotions in which the readers could really feel what the characters do, and the role they play. Though I wasn't fond of Moon, the main character, fall in love with a man whom she met for only a short while within the story, still, Vinge's work is a must-read that will question the essence of love itself, if not what us, as readers, really are...
LOVED this book!
Love the concepts
Love the characters
Love the pace
Love the writing
definitely in my all-time top 5!
The story itself wasn't bad I just couldn't make myself like the characters very much.