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Empire of Silence (Sun Eater) by Christopher…

Empire of Silence (Sun Eater) (original 2018; edition 2018)

by Christopher Ruocchio (Author)

Series: The Sun Eater (1)

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Hadrian Marlowe, a man revered as a hero and despised as a murderer, chronicles his tale in the galaxy-spanning debut of the Sun Eater series, merging the best of space opera and epic fantasy. It was not his war. The galaxy remembers him as a hero: the man who burned every last alien Cielcin from the sky. They remember him as a monster: the devil who destroyed a sun, casually annihilating four billion human lives--even the Emperor himself--against Imperial orders. But Hadrian was not a hero. He was not a monster. He was not even a soldier. On the wrong planet, at the right time, for the best reasons, Hadrian Marlowe starts down a path that can only end in fire. He flees his father and a future as a torturer only to be left stranded on a strange, backwater world. Forced to fight as a gladiator and navigate the intrigues of a foreign planetary court, Hadrian must fight a war he did not start, for an Empire he does not love, against an enemy he will never understand.… (more)
Title:Empire of Silence (Sun Eater)
Authors:Christopher Ruocchio (Author)
Info:DAW (2018), 624 pages
Collections:Read but unowned

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Empire of Silence (Sun Eater) by Christopher Ruocchio (2018)



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Really, 3.5* rounded up.

Do you remember that time that you read Dune for the 6th or 12th time and thought, "Hey! Wouldn't it be great to write fan fiction and mix up some of the elements in it, change all the names, and make it longer, more convoluted, and make Paul rebel against his family? Maybe just put him in House Corrino first, throw out the godlike abilities but keep 80% of the other worldbuilding under a thin shroud?"

Yeah. Me too.

And that's exactly what kept me from precisely enjoying this the way I wanted to. It was too close to the original. If I wanted a confluence of events exactly like the original, I think the original is STILL BRILLIANT.

This one reads in a more modern style with a first-person PoV. A huge stretch of the beginning just FEELS like Dune. And then, after it diverges, we have all the important scenes from Dune, such as playing with your opponent, extra gladiator stuff with Russel Crowe, and even a mad dash of what Patrick Rothfuss is known for. I guess I would have enjoyed this more had there been a lot LESS nods to Dune. Fear mantra? Floating Fat Man? Benighted race with a religious secret allowing total dominance of the universe?

Well, no, we haven't gotten THERE yet. That'll be in another huge honker of a book.

Whereas Dune conquered the known galaxy in ONE BOOK.

I guess the case could be made that this is for a new generation, blah, blah, blah, but there's just a bit too much imitation for my taste. Let's just write in the Dune universe instead. Or cut out all the homages, fly on the strength of your own tale.

There's something here. It might be a bonafide epic... eventually. But it's pulling on a few too many shirts right now. ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
Genuinely just do not care about this book. The first 20% is pretty much a filthy copy of dune, and a less intelligent one at that. Instead of subtle philosophy. It was just blatant in your face verbatim quotes from philosophers that felt more like the author trying to show of his knowledge more than anything else. ( )
  ONEMariachi | Jan 7, 2020 |
This is written as a memoir, so you know that at least for this book our hero will survive what happens to him but you may not realize how his choices will shape his future. The setting is very reminiscent of Dune in its technology. There is advance tech but it is tightly controlled by the religious class. Cryo sleep for interstellar travel mixes with gladiatorial games favored for entertainment. Earth is a long-gone myth that is the basis for the current religion. Hadrian has a love of languages and wants to study as a scholar and has expectations to be his father’s heir since he is the first-born child. But things don’t work that way and his plan to escape being exiled to the religious class and passed over in favor of his younger brother by his father has him desperate to escape that fate. Things don’t work out as planned and he awakens on a planet he doesn’t know with not a single resource to his name except his DNA and that he can’t use if he doesn’t want to be found by his family.
A good start to a new series and for all you hear about the wrong things that Hadrian will do in his future from himself as he breaks the fourth wall on occasion to remind us it is a memoir this is a story of a young man trying to find his way in the universe and come out on top.

Digital review copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley
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  Glennis.LeBlanc | Jan 6, 2020 |
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Title: Empire of Silence
Series: Sun Eater #1
Author: Christopher Ruocchio
Rating: 1 of 5 Stars
Genre: SF
Pages: 624/DNF@2%
Format: Digital Edition

My Thoughts:

I'm pretty sure I got this through a recommendation through Larry Correia's website and one of his Book Bomb promotional posts.

However, at 2% (personally, I prefer skim milk myself), the main character starts talking about how his mother preferred other women instead of conjugal visits with his father. So I was done.

★☆☆☆☆ ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Aug 26, 2019 |
"Das Imperium der Stille" ist der Debutroman des amerikanischen Autors Christopher Ruocchio und offenbar der erste Band einer mehrteiligen Reihe. Den von vielen Rezensenten im englischsprachigen Bereich genannten Vergleich mit Frank Herberts "Dune" und Patrick Rothfuss‘ "Der Name des Windes" würde ich bestätigen, auch wenn ich letzteres nur aus Erzählungen kenne.

Wie bei "Dune" begegnen wir einer absolut fantastischen Welt. Planeten und Aliens gepaart mit Familiendynastien, Schlössern und Adelstiteln. Das Worldbuilding in "Das Imperium der Stille" ist gigantisch gut. Die feindlichen Aliens, die Cielcin fand ich genauso interessant wie es er Erzähler, Hadrian Marlowe, tat. Ruocchio hat hier wirklich saubere Arbeit geleistet. Im Anhang findet man eine ausführliche Auflistung der Dramatis Personae und der Planeten sowie ein Lexikon der fremden Begriffe. Dabei ist alles im Sprachstil des Buches gehalten.

Aber und das muss ich leider sagen, das Buch zu lesen war harte Arbeit. Wir folgen Hadrians Erzählungen über sein Leben beginnend mit seiner Kindheit. Hadrian selbst ist dabei eine Figur, bei der man nicht weiß, ob man einfach nur kopfschüttelnd danebenstehen oder ihr eine runterhauen sollte. Er wirkt extrem entrückt und müsste ich es auf jugendliches Neudeutsch herunterbrechen, dann wäre seine Erzählung über sich selbst ein klassisches first world problems-Mimimi, das mir als Leserin einfach nur mächtig auf die Nerven ging.

Hadrian ist privilegiert, wird aber doch nicht der Erbe des Uraniumimperiums seines Vaters und will eigentlich nur alles über die Cielcin und andere Aliens lernen. Daran ist in der Regel nichts verkehrt. Aber Hadrian wirkt in allen Situationen weltfremd, arrogant und einfach nur dumm. Er macht aus Mücken Elefanten, straft sich mit schweren Entscheidungen, nur um am Ende doch einfach nur eine dumme Entscheidung nach der anderen zu machen.

Die Figuren in der zweiten Reihe sind dabei aber sehr viel interessanter und auch die Beziehungen der Figuren sind kein bisschen langweilig. Einzig die Art, wie Hadrian darüber berichtet, macht das ganze zu einem dahinplätschernden Monolog, bei dem man als Zuhörer abschalten würde.

Es ist auch nicht sehr hilfreich, dass die verwendete Sprache extrem selbstverliebt wirkt und im Englischen durchaus mit self-indulgent betitelt werden könnte. Hinzukommt, dass dem Leser viele Dinge erzählt werden, die aber im Laufe des Buches gar nicht so wirken. Es gibt keine echte Bedrohung. Keinen Gegenspieler. Irgendwie nichts.

Alles in allem also sehr schade, denn das Worldbuilding war interessant und hat mich neugierig auf mehr gemacht. Aber es dauerte um die 200 Seiten, bis überhaupt mal eine Handlung in Erscheinung trat und auch sonst wäre das Buch gut und gerne mit der Hälfte der Seitenzahl ausgekommen. Es hätte der extremen Details, die dem Leser ständig und wiederholt präsentiert werden, einfach nicht bedarft. Spannung baute sich dadurch jedenfalls keine auf.

Ich bin sehr hin- und hergerissen. Das Worldbuilding ist, wie gesagt, herausragend und Ruocchio kann seine Sprache. Aber, Spannung sucht man in diesem Buch einfach vergebens. Und während das für mich in der Regel kein ausschlaggebender Punkt sein muss, so hatte ich doch ein riesiges Problem damit, weil auch sonst einfach nichts wirklich passiert, das mich als Leser begeistert hätte. Das Worldbuilding allein kann diese Geschichte leider nicht tragen. Ich denke, empfehlen kann man dieses Buch all jenen, die Dune mit Begeisterung gelesen haben. Aber wie Dune konnte es mich persönlich nicht vollständig überzeugen. ( )
  Powerschnute | Mar 21, 2019 |
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