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Sun of Suns by Karl Schroeder

Sun of Suns (2007)

by Karl Schroeder

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    KingRat: Sun and Suns (and the two other Virga books), like The Integral Trees (and The Smoke Ring) explores a weightless world made of air.

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A friend in my science fiction book group recommended this as a super space opera romp, and so it is - remarkably inventive hard science fiction (the world of Virga is ... let's just say it will stretch your brain in terms of gravity and light) with fun, fascinating characters as well. The characters reminded me of those in Scott Lynch's Locke Lamora series and Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle, and - as in both of those series - the action is fairly non-stop. I bought the second book immediately upon finishing the first book (and now I'm on book 4). ( )
  SuziSteffen | Feb 20, 2018 |
Schroeder's vividly imagined fullerene balloon-world of floating rocks and mechanical suns is waaaaay too cool for the pock-marked plot and 2d characters which populate it. A savage ending saves it from being one-star. ( )
1 vote apomonis | Jun 2, 2016 |
Societies and cities are formed around artificial suns floating in space. The main character's family and town are all destroyed when their attempt to create their own sun--and thus break free of the overly controlling government--is discovered. The main character then seeks revenge. The main idea is an interesting one, but I just couldn't get into the narrative. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
This was the first book I've read by Karl Schroeder, and it was a pleasant discovery - I liked it well enough that I've already picked up a couple of other books by him. It's exciting sci-fi adventure with an unusual setting that reminded me a little of Flash Gordon (the movie). Virga is a bubble-like world, filled with floating cities and towns heated and lit by artificial suns. Settlements' wandering paths often take them into each other's way, causing political conflict. Hayden Griffin's life has been formed by such a conflict - his people, from the tiny nation of Aerie, perished in a rebellion against a larger nation, and he has been bent on revenge for years... but when he finally infiltrates the inner coterie of the powerful Fanning family, whom he believes to be his enemies, what he learns besets him with doubt. And when he meets a woman who says she is from outside Virga, and tells him strange things about the Universe outside Haydn's world, he realizes much more may be at stake than the future of Aerie ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
I actually started this book twice. The first time I got hopelessly lost in the first chapter so put it down. The 2nd time, I stuck it out until the world and setting made sense. This took a little bit of effort, but if you can make it past that initial hiccup with a foreign world, and their measures of space, etc, it is actually quite an engaging story.

I will likely read more in the series, but they will be lower down on my reading list because, well, there is not really a cliff-hanger here that requires you to pick up the next book. Maybe we are supposed to care about the characters and want to find out what happens to them, but... I don't think they are strong enough, or distinct enough, that we really care. I almost hate to admit it, but it happened more than once that I got Vanera Fanning mixed up with Hayden's love interest. - Oh, and where did that come from anyway?... until the love interest occured, I was sure Hayden was 16... I even attempted to do math to figure out his age.

The part I did like about the book was the world/reality they inhabit and how it interacts with the "outside" world, and what this outside world actually is. And what Virga is, and why... you get my drift? It was the hard components of the science fiction and not Schroeder's attempt to write characters that made this story worth reading. ( )
  crazybatcow | May 28, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765354535, Mass Market Paperback)

It is the distant future. The world known as Virga is a fullerene balloon three thousand kilometers in diameter, filled with air, water, and aimlessly floating chunks of rock. The humans who live in this vast environment must build their own fusion suns and "towns" that are in the shape of enormous wood and rope wheels that are spun for gravity.

Young, fit, bitter, and friendless, Hayden Griffin is a very dangerous man. He's come to the city of Rush in the nation of Slipstream with one thing in mind: to take murderous revenge for the deaths of his parents six years ago. His target is Admiral Chaison Fanning, head of the fleet of Slipstream, which conquered Hayden's nation of Aerie years ago. And the fact that Hayden's spent his adolescence living with pirates doesn't bode well for Fanning's chances.

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A bitter and friendless young man who has been living with pirates, Hayden Griffin journeys to the city of Rush in the nation of Slipstream to seek revenge for the deaths of his parents when his home nation of Aerie was conquered by Admiral Chaison Fanning, leader of the fleet of Slipstream, in the first volume in a futuristic adventure series.… (more)

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