Empress of Eternity

Empress of Eternity In the far future an indestructible and massive canal than miles long spans the mid continent of Earth Nothing can mar it move it or affect it in any fashion At its western end where it meet

  • Title: Empress of Eternity
  • Author: L.E. Modesitt Jr.
  • ISBN: 9780765326645
  • Page: 353
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the far future, an indestructible and massive canal than 2,000 miles long spans the mid continent of Earth Nothing can mar it, move it, or affect it in any fashion At its western end, where it meets the sea, is an equally indestructible structure comprising three levels of seemingly empty chambers.Scientists from three different civilizations, separated in timeIn the far future, an indestructible and massive canal than 2,000 miles long spans the mid continent of Earth Nothing can mar it, move it, or affect it in any fashion At its western end, where it meets the sea, is an equally indestructible structure comprising three levels of seemingly empty chambers.Scientists from three different civilizations, separated in time by hundreds of thousands of years, are investigating the canal In the most distant of these civilizations, religious rebellion is brewing A plot is hatched to overthrow the world government of the Vanir, using a weapon that can destroy anything except the canal If used at full power it might literally unravel the universe and destroy all life forever The lives and fates of all three civilizations become intertwined as the forces behind the canal react to the threat, and all three teams of scientists find their lives changed beyond belief.

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    1. It’s hard not to get excited whenever L.E. Modesitt Jr. releases a new standalone sci-fi novel. Despite being better known for his various fantasy series than his science fiction, some of his best work can be found in the latter genre. Novels like The Parafaith War, Archform: Beauty, Adiamante and Haze (just to name a few) are wonderful examples of this amazingly prolific author’s talent when it comes to science fiction. The newest addition to this list, Empress of Eternity, is no exception. [...]

    2. 3.5 stars, but probably a 4 on a reread. This didn't start well. There are a few pages on one set of characters, a few more on another, a third, & then back again. The names & dates are all weird, so it was hard to get a handle on who was who & why I should give a damn. I started reading it once before & quit after about 30 pages. This time I pushed on & somewhere before I reached 100 pages (about 25%) I was hooked.Modesitt did a great job creating 3 different civilizations, [...]

    3. “There is no time,” takes on a whole new meaning. Set in the far distant future of earth—or an Earth—this tale interleaves the struggle of three couples against the tyranny of their day’s culture. The structure echoes Isaac Asimov’s The Gods Themselves, my least favorite of his novels. On the other hand this is the best Modesitt I’ve read to date. It was contending for an additional star before the denouement got preachy.Modesitt creates not one but three believable future cultures [...]

    4. A disappointing read from a favorite author. The transitioning between the three different time periods made it difficult to become engrossed in the book, or to become invested in the characters who seemed very one dimensional. The odd mix of bad science and environmental moralizing was distracting. Modesitt usually creates worlds that are believable and enjoyable to read about, and to become immersed in. Sadly the "Empress of Eternity" was not, and I only finished the book because I expected th [...]

    5. This is one of the most unique novels I have read in a while. The main character as such, is a 2000 mile long canal. This canal is made of an unknown material that is imperious to anything type of energy and it bisects the mid-continent of Earth set at least a half-millions in the future.The civilization that built is long gone and the story is told in three parts - each one is eons in the future from the time the canal was built and each part is eons apart as well. The common bond is that they [...]

    6. This book had so much promise it should have rated more than three stars, but the storytelling never truly engaged me and never seemed to take off.For starters, there was a lot of complex time and space stuff at the heart of the story, which was essential to the plot, but which came across so garbled I only felt I grasped the broad gist of what was going on. That was OK for the most part, but when the ending depended on specific things that the canal turned out to be able to do, my reaction shou [...]

    7. So I'm going to start with a complaint about the formatting. There was some sort of strange error in the ebook that was somewhat annoying. A few words had extra spaces added making different, shorter words in illogical combinations, possibly as a result of a poor OCR process with inadequate quality control. For example, non ex is tent, bud get, and in de pen dent. It interrupted the reading. It was consistently used for a few certain words, like those and not especially frequent, but annoying.I [...]

    8. Another dollar store find. An enjoyable read. I recognized the author and thought I had read stuff by him before, however nothing logged on Maybe BGR? The book is a POV SF about earth in the vvvvery far future. The POV's are 3 far-future civilizations dealing with climate change and the presence of a large canal that spans North America from west to east that is resistant to any form of investigation. the canal being built by an ancient earth civilization very far in our future. The beginning i [...]

    9. Modesitt's primary thesis in this novel is that despite societal differences, resource scarcity drives people to similar situations. This is the story of three science teams investigating the same anomaly in three different post-post-apocalyptic societies. Each society is separated by thousands or hundreds of thousands of years, but their situations mirror each other and he explores how some people turn to violence or tradition during difficult times instead of facing the real tradeoffs that are [...]

    10. Empress of Eternity by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. is one of those books that slowly pulls you in and keeps you hooked right to the end. Three sets of scientists from different times all deal with trying to unlock the secrets of the same indestructible structure that might not only save them but in the end might save all life in the universe. You know an author has done a great job of developing their characters when the separation of thousands of years flows as well as it does in Empress for Eternity. I [...]

    11. Bad.So, so very bad.Disappointing.What may have been a great idea in the author's head never made it to the page. The premise is muddy, plot and character development is non-existent, the writing style of moving from era to era is confusing, and it's not even a well-disguised religion/closed-mindedness allegory.Just awful.

    12. Middle of the road science fiction. Topic of conversation: time. What does time mean, what does it mean if someone can control it, what happens when along multiple timelines or event-points multiple people/factions are trying to ruin the universe? These questions are all asked and answered in a bit of a thinking-man's convolution.Three timelines spaced many years apart centering around a man and woman in each, all connected to a large, ancient canal that bisects the main continent. It is a myste [...]

    13. I've been a fan of Modesitt since wayyy back in the day when I was in middle school and picked up The Magic of Recluse. Since then, I've read several of his books, but I never liked any of them as much as I appreciated The Magic of Recluse. This one falls into the same category, but I also liked this one much more than I liked others by him.This is not a book for the weak minded. It is confusing and difficult to understand in places, and there is a lot of technical jargon that the reader receive [...]

    14. In a far distant future scientists from three time periods separated by hundreds of thousands of years, are confounded by an indestructible canal that spans the American continent. In the most distant of these periods a religious war is brewing. A vast army of zealots have discovered a weapon so powerful that not only could it lead to the extinction of humanity, but could very well unravel the fabric of the universe itself.In each period, science teams are attempting to uncover the secrets of th [...]

    15. I picked this one up at the local grocery store when I saw it. I had read "Haze" by Modesitt Jr. and really enjoyed it.I have to admit the story is very slow to get started. But once you get the hang of the different plots it goes well. There was a lot of repeated information and I found that a bit off putting. I am sure it is done because Modesitt alternates stories every chapter. As you get to the end he stops following the typical order and it was a bit confusing at the end.Overall, once thin [...]

    16. This is a nice book. Not great or a page-turning, but nice. We are introduced to 3 research-couples, each studying the great canal, an artifact beyond comprehension of the society they live in. Only after 100 pages or so, being reasonable confused why the stories did not interact yet, I reread the back of the book, which told me these are researchers in different eras on Earth. Then it all started to make sense, and the revelation that the artifact is a bridge in time will not a big spoiler. As [...]

    17. I liked the book overall I was torn between 3 and 4 stars. It was slow going at first. I did not realize right away that it was three different timelines at the same location separated by VAST amounts of time. Once I looked at the chapter headings and more specifically the dates involved did I suddenly clue in.Even once I realized the timeline issues the book was still a bit slow. In the usual Modesitt way the characters are pretty clueless as to their significance or why people would be trying [...]

    18. This book looks like it's going to be awesome, but it's not. I love hard science, but this is so abstract and has such a deep, involved world that it's the kind of book you know you may have to read more than once to get all the details. Unfortunately there was nothing in the first 75 pages or so that made me want to do this. And what is up with the little footnote numbers that don't go anywhere. When you read an epic-type or multi-generational book they often have maps or family trees or charac [...]

    19. I have to say, overall, this book just got a little too technical, or something, for me. I'm cool with time travel, but tend to get a little lost in interdimensional travel and parallel worlds.I most enjoyed the story of Maertyn and Maarlyna, possibly because it was the least technical and was the focus of the book. I least enjoyed the story of Eltyn and Faelyna. It didn't mesh well with the rest of the book, and I don't understand all the usages of superscript numbers after words. I don't know [...]

    20. I enjoyed it, but Modesitt tends to write the same story over and over. In this one he clearly decided to do something different -- the first 2/3rds of the book is 3 different couples in different societies, fighting different versions of the same struggle across thousands of years, in the exact same location, without knowing about each other. In the end they are all bound together and resolved.Initially it's more challenging for readers -- I didn't know who they were or how they related, and ke [...]

    21. This stand-alone book is totally unlike anything else that he has written that I've read, and I've read most of his output. It starts out rather confusing, telling three seemingly disparate stories from three different civilizations, but the reader finally realizes that these civilizations are really three different time periods in the same world, linked by an indestructible canal that has existed for millennia. The three stories finally intersect when a similar crisis occurs to each time period [...]

    22. i didn't know much about this book coming into it, so I don't know what I was expecting, but it wasn't that. This is very different from any sci-fi I've read in a long time, and maybe that's part of why I like it. Even as I was getting well into the story, I didn't expect it to take the turn that it did, but I found it satisfying and only a little hard to wrap my head around. Generally it was an easy read, though at times two of the three timelines were so similar that it was a bit tough to keep [...]

    23. Sadly clunky, insufficiently distinguishable pairs of characters, insufficient orientation (at least for this reader) as to what was going on when. Eventually that starts to become explained, and I actually did make it that far (about 3/4 of the way through perhaps?), but it was just too much work to read so I sent it back to the library without finishing.I am vaguely curious about how it will all turn out and what the Norse references were, and there were some interesting & original ideas, [...]

    24. The fictional scientific theory, on which the indestructible Canal and the EMPRESS OF ETERNITY is based, is explained in terminology which can't make sense because it is so far from reality. This makes difficult reading. Gradually, in three different millennia, the pairs of scientists studying the Canal realize they have no choice but to oppose the tyrannies that are taking over each of their governments. Once there is action for the reader to follow, the plot is strong enough to support the str [...]

    25. I liked this book. However, it took me a while to figure out who all of the characters are. There are three different groups of characters who interact with the same artifact over the course of a long, long time.Each chapter alternately takes up the story of one of the three groups. I finally had to get a 3X5 card and write down the character's names and a short sentence or two about what they apparently are attempting to do. Then I had to use that 3X5 card as my book mark. It was the only way t [...]

    26. This book is not that good. I am a fan of Modesitt, and I usually at least enjoy his books, and most of the time I love them. The pacing was awful, and it was written in a confusing manner. You need to read over 100 pages before anything starts to make sense, and the ending felt rushed. It is written in alternating chapters about 3 groups of people, and it is difficult to keep straight who is doing what.Readable, but barely.

    27. Modesti spins three different time lines throughout the book with the three groups investigating the Mid Continen Canal or MCC as it is referred to in the book, during their respective time period.Each group has their own issues and dangers to deal with although they all have a political perspective in nature. I guess you just can't escape politics.Eventually the three timelines and groups merge into an epic ending.Truly an enjoyable read

    28. An interesting quick sci-fi/fantasy effort that doesn't give you too much and moves along quickly. Could have done with a bit more background on the civilizations involved. but clearly that's not the point, nor does it really detract from the story either. Just was interested in how these cultures differed, despite facing their all too similar problems. Still, always felt to be on the cusp of a greater story and probably won't stick with me.

    29. I had a decidedly hard time getting into this book despite the fact that I love the author's other works such as the Saga of Recluse. I just could not get into this book at all and found it difficult to finish. Despite the fact that I like the author's other works, I will not be keeping this book in my collection.

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