Old school science fiction -- Children of Time


#1

Hey I don’t usually post in Books and comics, but I read (or listen) to a book a week anf I have to tell you that Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Children of Time is a fantastic novel. Especially considering this age of long series it appears to be a long standalone novel and has a classic feel.

Anyone else reading this? Its a bit Dan Simmons and a bit Larry Niven and oddly a bit Malazan. If you can figure.


#2

It’s like you don’t even care if Tom gets those sweet, sweet referral dollars, man

https://www.amazon.com/Children-Time-Adrian-Tchaikovsky-ebook/dp/B00SN93AHU

So this is a 2015 book?


#3

I dunno I picked it up on Audible and it felt new, but audio probably has a delay. It is a Hugo winner in my opinion. But don’t read if you are scared of spiders…


#4

I think I am only mentioning it because it is a great standalone rather than a series. I love a good series but wow it is great to get a novel wrapped up in one.


#5

I havent read Children of Time but coincidently, Amazon has a number of book on sale at 80% for the summer and one of Tchaikovsky’s book was on the list and caught my eye. Guns of Dawn ($2.99 right now) is a war based fantasy where muskets and magic coexist. It too apparently, is a stand alone story but it weighs in at a healthy 673 pages. For some authors that’s enough for a trilogy.


#6

As it happens, I’ve been reading Children of Time too (paper form for me) and I’m loving it. I was surprised by the direction the story was taking at first and have been enjoying the ride since.

I’ve been recommending it to my friends too.

Wendelius


#7

More importantly: On Audible it’s £20 or 1 credit, or I could buy the Kindle version for £0.99 and add Audible + Whispersync for £4 more…


#8

Happens my wife knows Adrian, so I’ve been reading his novels for a while now.

His first series is a steampunk and magic fantasy epic. (It also heavily features arthropods! Perhaps a theme.)

Back to topic, agreed that Children of Time is an excellent first foray into sci-fi. Well worth reading.


#9

It’s great, except for all the deus ex nanotech, which is a little unsatisfying. But really, if I’m going to complain about that I should write my own novel about sentient spiders who develop ant computing.


#10

Spiders. Why the hell did it have to be spiders?

I finished it but it was a bit of a slog, and overall felt a bit excessively British in the bad Dr. Who way. The traditionally matriarchal spider society repressing the male spiders was quite amusing, though.


#11

I read this and few months ago and loved it. I know that @Dave_Perkins and @JoshL also have read it. I agree with most of the earlier points. I did have some issues with pacing in the middle of the book, but loved how it all turned out. Spiders are so foreign in appearance, etc. that I found it a bit difficult to visualize in my head what was playing out in the novel. Awesome, though!


#12

I have to say I keep thinking about this book, and the odd spider society it described, a fair bit.


#13

Fantastic book all the more so because it is not a “series” but stand alone and therefore closes circle by the end.


#14

In a “what an interesting idea” kind of way, or ah “AAA GOD SPIDERS!!!” nightmarey kind of way?


#15

Listed on the HARD SCIENCE FICTION thread.

The evolution of spiders to intelligence was nicely and evocatively written.


#16

That got me to read it, and I enjoyed it very much. I stopped reading this last couple of years and this got me back to the habit. As soon as I was done I started an Octavia e Butler series which I also like.

I also have this to my son. I’m always looking for books for him and he loves it.


#17

I am reading the Octavia Butler series where she is essentially the last human female on earth and has to try and train the rest for a repop. I am mixed about it atm. But I like the main character a lot.


#18

do you mean this series?


#19

This was on sale yesterday as part of a Kindle sale, so I grabbed it.

It goes on my reading backlog, which is getting too big.


#20

This is a fantastic stand alone sci fi novel. As I mentioned above so many books are “series” and etc. Sometimes just a good book that follows through till the end.

Read this first. You will never (hardly ever) step on a spider again!