HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Vale of stars by Sean O'Brien
Loading...

Vale of stars (edition 2012)

by Sean O'Brien

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
10173119,589 (3.33)23
Member:AlanBes
Title:Vale of stars
Authors:Sean O'Brien
Info:San Mateo, CA : JournalStone, 2012.
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:None

Work details

Vale of Stars by Sean O'Brien

None

None.

Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 23 mentions

English (72)  Dutch (1)  Italian (1)  All languages (74)
Showing 1-5 of 72 (next | show all)
This is a masterpiece. A thrilling ride amongst the stars. It has it all, tactics, romance, action, intrigue and conspiracies. ( )
  IAmAndyPieters | Mar 23, 2014 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
I thought it was an interesting and enjoyable novel which struck a nice balance between the intrigue of space travel, the adventure of new worlds, and the predictability of human nature – with a twist of genetics thrown in.

One thing that I wasn’t overly fond of was the way that the generation jumps that occurred, about four times in the narrative in all, took you away from the story just when you started to feel comfortable with the characters. That being said, I did find this device to have been relatively well executed, with enough references to the earlier generation(s) to hold the thread together. In all honesty I found Jene and Sirra far more likeable than Yallia (Kuarta’s character I felt was too shallow and quick a stop on the way for me to really invest), but that may have been a deliberate contrivance by the author and reflected the differing circumstances each found themselves in. Yallia was very much a figure representing change and transition, with her rage unsettling her and her time. The others were at different ends of the spectrum of change and therefore easier to enjoy as characters. The jumps were also a good way to advance the story to its ultimate conclusion.

Whilst not necessarily a novel tale at its most base level, it certainly had enough interesting elements built on this foundation which elevated it above a typical colonisation tale, and at times was thought provoking. It might be said that the overall message, or perhaps warning, of the novel was sometimes a little heavy-handed, but nevertheless it never entirely subsumed the story so as to make it unreadable. I found it to be a genuine page turner and was disappointed when it had ended. A sign of a good read.

Rounding up the critique, there is an awful lot in the story struggling for attention. Moreover there are one or two threads which seem a little out-of-place, and elements of the story and characters which were not so well sketched out and so did not sit so well with the rest. For example, the apparent socialist bent of the colonists was never truly explained or explored, and the evolution and ultimate purpose of the flight team was frankly as unexplained as it was baffling.

The very real feeling the story leaves you with is that it is desperate to mean something, but realises that it has to tell a story and so its message is constrained. This apparent tension pervades the writing to some extent, but in no way spoils the story.

Overall I found any issues that I might have with the book in no way acted to the detriment of the reading pleasure or the enjoyment I got from the story.

Put simply I really enjoyed Vale of Stars and give it a solid four stars. ( )
  TomSChristian | Sep 4, 2013 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
This is more a series of connected short stories than a novel, and the jumping forward through time and characters detracted from, rather than added to, my enjoyment. Although it had some interesting ideas, it couldn't settle on any particular one, bouncing from one to another without ever fully developing anything. It further suffered from uneven characterisation and a completely over the top villain. ( )
  ungratefulwench | Sep 1, 2013 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
The characters and plot really drew me in. I was hooked early on, but the ending left me struggling to justify the time spent. I found the fact that the humans who colonized this world, out of the multitude available, would just happen to find an ancient alien species that did exactly the same thing to a sub-cast they were doing to theirs. Stretching probability too far. The writing and world building were; however, very good. ( )
  Gkarlives | Jul 11, 2013 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Initially I was intrigued by the idea, but as I got further into it the details I wanted were missing, and everything seemed to just be a conflict. It jumps around a little too much. ( )
  silkypumpkin | Jun 5, 2013 |
Showing 1-5 of 72 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
First words
The ball arced through the air, gently curving in the slight Coriolis effect.
Quotations
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English

None

Book description
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

After the end of a hundred-year-long, deep-space colonization journey, Jenie Halfner and generations of women descendants in the Hafner line uncover stunning secrets about their original mission, their new home on planet Epsilon Eridani III, and the future of the human race that will challenge what they believe in, who they trust, and their perception of the ones they love.… (more)

(summary from another edition)

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
1 pay

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (3.33)
0.5
1 2
1.5 2
2 10
2.5 1
3 18
3.5 10
4 20
4.5 3
5 6

LibraryThing Early Reviewers Alumn

Vale of Stars by Sean O'Brien was made available through LibraryThing Early Reviewers. Sign up to possibly get pre-publication copies of books.

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 92,779,606 books! | Top bar: Always visible