The Stars in Shroud

The Stars in Shroud The alien Quarn struck suddenly at the heart of Earth s interstellar Empire their weapon a deadly plague a soul twisting assault that stripped away the veneer of civilization and sent its victims fl

  • Title: The Stars in Shroud
  • Author: Gregory Benford
  • ISBN: 9780812531817
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Paperback
  • The alien Quarn struck suddenly at the heart of Earth s interstellar Empire their weapon a deadly plague, a soul twisting assault that stripped away the veneer of civilization, and sent its victims fleeing back a million years to the safety of the ancestral caves.No one knew how the Quarn spread the plague No one knew why they wanted to destroy humanity.But Captain LingThe alien Quarn struck suddenly at the heart of Earth s interstellar Empire their weapon a deadly plague, a soul twisting assault that stripped away the veneer of civilization, and sent its victims fleeing back a million years to the safety of the ancestral caves.No one knew how the Quarn spread the plague No one knew why they wanted to destroy humanity.But Captain Ling Sanjen had thought of a way to stop them.

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    1. Hasta hora, es la peor novela de Benford que he leĆ­do. Escoge cualquier otra si quieres apreciar al autor en buena forma :-)

    2. This is terrible - both the story and the book. I got this as an ebook from a story bundle of some description. For starters the OCR is terrible, and the book is formatted in a way that makes my ereader struggle to manage the whole turning pages thing. There were out of place puncutation, burn became bum, and we'll became well, etc. I also suspect pages went missing, because there were some jumps in the story that made zero sense.Secondly the story Benford can write, it's just that the story is [...]

    3. I bought and read this paperback ages ago (in 1987) and had pretty much forgotten the story. When I saw the title as a part of the newest Story Bundle, I dusted off the paperback and reread it.Back then I saw Benford primarily as a hard science fiction writer, a working physicist who would use his expertise to tell a story. That aspect certainly is there in the way he handwaves the tachyonic FTL technology, giving it a sciencey surface underneath which it is no more plausible than any other FTL [...]

    4. Interesting book. The cultural development in this is first-rate, asking interesting question about the place of culture and society in human relations, what happens when those bonds break down, and what happens in the aftermath. In the far future, mankind has, through some vaguely described disaster, become a mono-culture, driven by and based upon a sense of Community. Throughout the book, this mono-culture is frayed and destroyed by alien influence. Against this back-drop, the protagonist stru [...]

    5. I got this in an ebook edition from Story Bundle - more about that in a moment.The book itself was a bit of a let-down. I love Gregory Benford usually, but this one seemed to lack the usual magic. There were good ideas but the plot and pace were uneven and the ending was curiously underplayed. Perhaps it was because this was Benford's first novel (I think) and he still had plenty to learn about the craft.The edition I read was scanned from text and converted to ebook format. I know this because [...]

    6. I just could not get into it. I really wanted to like this book but I lost interest about 1/3 of the way through. I made myself read another third but I just quit at that point. I just could not get interested in the characters. The plot seemed excellent - an alien race attacking humanity with a disease that causes agoraphobia, except there are some people who recover. It was the execution that failed this book.

    7. I may have become exposed to Benford while on break from seminary in the late seveties. I was impressed, his writing being good, his science being better-than-average. This novel is less concept-driven than some, being primarily focused on the character of the protagonist. Like most of Benford's work, it's good, though I prefer the concept-driven stuff generally.

    8. Really interesting plot hook. Really difficult to chug through the story and its writing. There is a certain focus on how amazing Monguls are and how a "Ofkaipan" (which I believe is used to mean "Halfbreed") can adapt and overcome to lead in such an environment. The story gets where it is going, but it feels like it trips over itself a lot on its way there.

    9. Zowie, the themes in this one. Crippling, contagious agoraphobia as a weapon! Humanity's desire to explore and expand! Religion!Can't really sum this one up. It has perfectly horrifying moments, like the housing used by the folks mentioned with the above malady. Here's a hint, it's called "The Slots".

    10. I'd give this 2.5 stars if I could as there was some very good writing in it. Sadly the story never really fired for me and the narrator grated on me. There were some interesting ideas too but I felt the story was a victim to them rather than an exploration of them.To each their own.

    11. Interesting premise but felt very chaotic and unfocused.The writing was incoherent at times and wasn't as smooth as I like.

    12. Some interesting ideas, but the narrative feels rather disjointed and I found it hard to really care about or follow what was going on for large parts of the book.

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