No Present Like Time

No Present Like Time After The Year of Our War God is still on vacation the Emperor still leads the war against the insects and his cadre of immortals is still quarreling among themselves But a new land has been dis

  • Title: No Present Like Time
  • Author: Steph Swainston
  • ISBN: 9780060753887
  • Page: 231
  • Format: Paperback
  • After 1 The Year of Our War , God is still on vacation, the Emperor still leads the war against the insects, and his cadre of immortals is still quarreling among themselves But a new land has been discovered, one that holds the secrets of centuries, and one of their own, now exiled, foments rebellion against the Circle In the brutal battle that follows, Jant Comet willAfter 1 The Year of Our War , God is still on vacation, the Emperor still leads the war against the insects, and his cadre of immortals is still quarreling among themselves But a new land has been discovered, one that holds the secrets of centuries, and one of their own, now exiled, foments rebellion against the Circle In the brutal battle that follows, Jant Comet will discover that even immortals can fall

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    1. All of the qualities that made "The Year of Our War" a great read are present in the sequel. The Immortals have fantastic abilities and interesting relationships with each other and the world of mortals. The Insects, though much less emphasized, are scary and ferocious. The history of the Fourlands looms in the background, growing more distinct in places, while expanding into further foggy territory that invites delectable speculation. Swainston's prose remains elegant and yet robust, moving fro [...]

    2. The continuing adventures of Jant and his fellow misfits, the Circle of 50 immortals tasked with protecting their world from the onslaught of the alien Insects. The latter take a back seat in this entry in favor of a newly-discovered utopian island. Said island is an Athenian democracy (convincingly alien to our protagonists), as opposed to the imperial Fourlands, but the two nations share a struggle with balancing stasis and progress, one of the key thematic touchpoints of the series. Ironicall [...]

    3. (Originally published on my blog: mybiochemicalsky.wordpress)I’ve already reviewed one book by Steph Swainston – the first part of her Castle series, consisting of four published titles (and another one to come): The Year of Our War, No Present Like Time, The Modern World and Above the Snowline. Here is a link to the text, which is in Bulgarian. If you are already familiar with the setting of the series, you can skip the following two paragraphs. If not, I will try to outline briefly the wor [...]

    4. The threat of death defines humanity; nothing is as unnatural as an immortal—Danio, Bibliophylax of the Trisian library— (Gollancz UK, ISBN 0575070064, c.2005, p.118)Opening the novel, two of its main drifts are revealed immediately: one, the Castle is shrouded in mist, just as the machinations of the elusive Sailor Mist Ata will become its paramount but hidden mystery, and two, just as it takes 3 pages for Comet to approach and perch, this book will seem longer than its 317 pages. The autho [...]

    5. Lovely, sensual writing, and the world of the Fourlands with its weird mix of what feels like modern popular (sub)culture, and a more Renaissance-level type of general culture, continues to be intriguing. The mystery of the Shift - the surreal, and much more modern-seeming otherworld where narrator Jant ends up whenever he overdoses on the heroin-like drug scolopendium - is becoming more entwined with the Fourlands proper. Also, emperor San is revealed as a scheming bastard. It will be interesti [...]

    6. Steph Swainston’s second book was a sequel to “The Year Of Our War”. Although “No Present Like Time” isn’t a direct continuation of the first book’s plot it does feature the same setting and characters. The War with the insects is under control (for the moment, at least) and it should be a time to relax for Comet and the other Immortals responsible for the newfound peace. However, some drastic changes are about to occur to Comet’s comfortable existence. The catalysts for the chan [...]

    7. The interesting premise continues to develop with more good plot twists. If you insist on 100% plausibility even in fantasy, maybe go elsewhere. In fact, I'm developing a bit of a feeling that there had better be a good explanation at the end for the Shift and some other highly-unlikely things Swainston is presenting. I've been disappointed before by other authors in the same way. I fear the answer will be, "Hey, it's New Weird, just go with it, man." The Time Bug is one of them. An author can't [...]

    8. Unlike the first book, this starts slow and takes a while for the plot to get going. The Empire of the Fourlands has just made first contact with an island nobody knew existed. Comet, as the Empire's Messenger and it turns out something of a linguist, is along on the followup expedition whether he wants to or not. The parallel that suggested itself to me at first was Columbus, and some parallels do seem to be taken up, but it gradually becomes clear that the situation of the Fourlands and Caphar [...]

    9. I read the first part of the series (The Year of Our War) in English back in 2008, but for some reason never got the second part (probably because I couldn't get it from BookMooch, and wasn't interested enough to buy it, and when the Finnish translation came out, I wasn't really interested anymore). Now, since the third part (Dangerous Offspring) won the Tähtifantasia award, I decided to read the missing parts.This was interesting. The world is still curious, and the plot developed nicely. The [...]

    10. This book is the sequel to The Year of Our War. In this book, Jant and his fellow immortals rediscover the idyllic and democratic island nation of Tris, which had split off from the Empire at its inception centuries ago. Unfortunately, the Empire as represented by the immortals make several missteps that lead to disaster. Yet this disaster ultimately brings Tris back into the Empire.Even though this novel was, like its predecessor, slightly lacking in direction, I enjoyed reading it. I was glad [...]

    11. A friend suggested I read Steph Swainston and, not realising this was the second in a trilogy, I picked this one because I liked the title (the first appeared to be about war, which did not appeal). It is an interesting twist on the basic high fantasy novel. God is on holiday and the Emperor and his picked elite of immortals are in charge. The world is being overrun by giant insects. A sub-group of the 'human' people have vestigial wings. The book's hero is the only flying 'human' in the world a [...]

    12. nhwvejournal/876968ml[return][return]Having enjoyed The Year of Our War, I was looking forward to Swainston's second book; and indeed it was a good read. Here she has put more effort into world-building: the island empire of the previous book is only one of three locales, the other two being Tris, a newly discovered island off to the east, and Epsilon, a parallel dream-city into which Jant, the narrator, escapes when he has taken sufficient drugs. There is less office politics, and more high pol [...]

    13. I really enjoyed the first in this ‘verse, The Year of Our War, and while I didn’t like this one quite as much is still makes for a great read. Our hero, once again, is Jant. A member of the immortal Circle, dedicated to serving the Emperor San and the Fourlands, protecting them. Five years have passed without attack from the Insects, and Jant is clean. Although still a drug addict. And with his wife’s affairs, and San’s orders that he, phobic about the sea as he is, is to be sent on a m [...]

    14. Very different from the first book in the series instead of focusing on their external enemy the fourlands discover a lost country, and struggle with internal politics.The characters remain extremely changable and unlikable, but the world building is so unique and fascinating it draws you in. If you looking for good personal interactions and believable characters, this is not the series for you.It continues to be a very innovation fantasy world, though, and leaves you wondering what will happen [...]

    15. Koin kirjan vähän paremmaksi kuin Kuolemattomien kaartin. Syynä voisi olla se, että maailma ja suuri osa henkilöistä olivat valmiiksi tuttuja ja pystyi lukiessa keskittymään kokonaan juoneen. Juoni oli muutenkin yhtenäisempi, mm. Siirroksessa vierailtiin vain kolme kertaa lyhyesti. Lisäksi takaumajaksojen avulla sai hyvän käsityksen Jantin persoonan kehityksestä (lapsuuden ja nuoruuden vaikutuksesta nykyisyyteen). Tekstin laatueroa en huomannut suomentajan vaihtuessa luvun 7 kohdall [...]

    16. "New Weird"; it's not all that weird.It's fantasy that's a little more fantastical, but I hadn't thought anything of it until I read that term in a review.Liked it!Read it fast!If you liked the first one, The Year of Our War, you'll like the second.If you like China Mieville, you'll find the writing less gross/gritty

    17. Excellent sequel. Comet remains a fascinating protagonist. The plot seems set for a simple Gullivers-Travels style allegorical journey of exploration, but takes a twist or two along the way. Some entertaining stylistic flourishes, too. Not quite as great as the first book, but wonderful just the same.

    18. Kinda odd. Typical vaguely medieval with dragon fantasy, except that lead person is a drug addict. Also some odd current-times details like some character wear jeans, plus in an alternate world, there is steam ships and electric power.

    19. Great follow-up to _The Year of Our War_. Swainston doles out more choice tidbits and comes up with new and interesting situations for the the protagonist and his compatriots. Once again, refreshing fantasy.

    20. Boo-yah. God, I love a well-written fantasy series with weirdness going on. Seriously. And this one is funny too! No wonder I'm flying through them, I just want to know what happens! More exclamation points!

    21. Very nice and variegated one - the sea adventure, unknown lands in between of the mystery, rebellion at home. Although, probably A BIT not as good as the first volume book.

    22. Returning to Swainston's imagined world of the Fourlands was an utter pleasure. This series shows just what modern fantasy has the potential to do. I adored it.

    23. Perversely enough I read this, the middle book of the trilogy, first. Still got sucked in. Totally hooked.

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