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What if a society banished its worst nightmare to the far edge of the solar system destined to sip only dregs of light and struggle for the barest living  And yet that life thrived  It grew and learned and became far than you ever expected and it wanted to return to the sun  What if it didn’t share your moral compass in any wayThe Glittering Edge duology d. 38 I ve only read 40 pages but I m really enjoying this so far I was a little scared and disturbed by the low average rating on GR and was worried I was going to be disappointed but all of 40 pages in this is great None of what is described in the summary has happened yet the worst nightmare banished to the far edge of the solar system hasn t made an appearance yet I m looking forward to when they do To be continued48 So annoyed right now I ve calmed down since last night last night I wanted to scream and throw the book at a wallA little background to explain why the current situation has made me so angry a few weeks ago I came across The Dreaming Void by Peter F Hamilton It looked very interesting to me I don t read a lot of sci fi and I ve never read a space opera but after reading the summary I thought I would love it I checked the book thoroughly and had the librarian check the database to make sure it was the first book in the series It was indeed the first book in the Void series Within a few pages I knew that something wasn t right that I was missing some vital world building information I headed straight for GR to check the series page That s where I learned the full truth Unfortunately nowhere in the description of the book is it noted that while it was the first book in the series the series is also a spinoff series of his series The Commonwealth Saga The new series is set in the same world as The Commonwealth Saga with a 1200 year gap but things are not explained as fully as I m sure they would have been if the Void series hadn t had a connection to The Commonwealth Saga There s no need to go into the details of how everyone got where they are if it s all already been explained in a previous book which the author is assuming you ve read So after realising that I wasn t going to be able to continue reading The Dreaming Void I did everything I could to get my hands on the first two books in The Commonwealth Saga My library didn t have either the first book was going to cost at least 11 to buy the paperback edition so I surrendered to the monster and bought the Kindle edition for 8 The second book in the series was a bit accessible I got it from wwwbookdepositorycom for 534 I will get to them when I canSo now you can understand why I got so angry when I came to the realisation during last night s reading session that this book Edge of Dark has put me in exactly the same situation as Peter F Hamilton s books did I did the same due diligence when it came to checking that Edge of Dark was definitely the first book in the series although I borrowed this the same day that I borrowed Hamilton s The Dreaming Void so I didn t have the past experience with spinoff series to guide me which it clearly is it even says so on the front cover Once again the one thing it doesn t say anywhere on the book the library database the summary on GR is that this is a spinoff series from her series Ruby s Song Similarly to Hamilton s series Edge of Dark is set in the same world as Ruby s Song with a multiple year gap not clear exactly how many between the two seriesSo that s why I m so annoyed I don t know whether to go on reading this it s mostly making sense I just wish they d stop referencing events from Ruby s Song so often I m worried I m being given spoilers without even realising it or return it for The Creative Fire the first in the Ruby s Song series To be continuedmaybe58 Okay so I ve kept going with this despite my aforementioned problems because I had an emergency reading situation and this was the book that was nearest to hand Immediately after reaching for this out of desperation I came across a pair of glaring and damning editing errors not a good restart and since then I ve noticed uite a lot of missing words extra words and jumbled sentences I m not going to mention all the instances of editing mistakes because it would mean practically rereading the last 130 pages as I didn t tag them as I was reading last night and this morning I will give the details of the first two that I noticed after getting back into the book last night because I know what page they re on 102Top of the page Nona feel faint as she shifted her glancebottom of the same page Who they were afraid would hear themand those weren t the worst examples that I noticed There were whole sentences that were unreadable they were so jumbled I could work out what Cooper was trying to say but that was just thanks to the context If I had read some of the sentences by themselves I would not have known what was happeningDespite that despite editing mistakes of all kinds being at the top of my things to do if you want me to hate your book list I m thoroughly enjoying the story I almost feel like I m somehow being tricked into liking it like the book is emitting like me pheromones because I shouldn t like this as much as I do First I haven t read the previous books in the series and now I find some dreadful editing so why do I still want to give this a four when after looking back over what I ve just written it seems clear that it doesn t deserve than a three I don t know my brain doesn t make any sense to me either Back to the book ASAP maybe make it an early night for reading To be continued68 Goodness me Now she s mixed a pair of characters up On page 287 Chrystal is sitting in a chair waiting for her companions to wake up contemplating what she wants to say to them when they do Another thing to ask about when Charlie and Nona woke upThe only problem with that sentence is that Charlie is on a ship millions of kilometres away what that sentence should say is Satyana and Nona because they are the only two characters on the space station Chrystal has had any meaningful contact with the only two characters it would make sense for Chrystal to be waiting for That s a big oopsie in my opinion worse than multiple missing words because you can miss the fact that a the or an and is missing within a sentence but not noticing that you re talking about the wrong character is a much bigger mistake The editing in this book really needs some work To be continued78 Finished I ve just started to watch an episode of Battlestar Galactica while I write my review I like to multitask computer use with tv watching otherwise I feel like I m not being productive enough and watching the opening seuence made me realise how similar Edge of Dark is to Battlestar Galactica The opening seuence of the show tells us The Cylons were created by manThey rebelledThey evolvedThere are many copiesAnd they have a planVery similar backstory to The Next The Next were created by man they were banished I assume it s not completely explained for the same reasons as on BG that man began to fear its own creation they evolved they decided to fight back There are also many copies of the same consciousness I suppose you could call it for eg Jhailing Jim In both stories the humans originally came from Earth but it was so long ago it feels like an urban legend than real history Some humans are working with the robots some are actively working against them Both sets of robots want peace with the humans but the humans find it difficult to bend to the will of an artificial intelligence that they created and then attempted to destroy Interesting coincidencesIn spite of all its problems I really enjoyed this book I think the plot was enough to cancel out any editing errors which definitely continued on through the last hundred pages which I read last night This could almost have been a five if I had read the two previous books which I hope make of an effort to explain uestions a reader might have Like where did the humans in this galaxy come from and how long ago Or a better explanation of The Deep and The Glittering Edge I ve made suggestions for purchase to my library but my reuests are still pending I ll be than a little pissed if they deny my reuests

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Con and carbon fiber  In Edge of Dark meet ranger Charlie Windar and his adopted wild predator and explore their home on a planet that has been raped and restored than once  Meet Nona Hall child of power and privilege from the greatest station in the system the Diamond Deep  Meet Nona’s best friend a young woman named Chrystal who awakens in a robotic bod. For the last two weeks The Edge of Dark has been the book I read during middle of the night breastfeedings so it s been a bit slow but overall I was enjoying the story until I got about half way through and there was a science detail so awful that I can t keep going The sometimes underdeveloped writing I could deal with The transhumanity as villain theme I could handle even though it s not something I really enjoy But when the robots break the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics and I don t even think it s plot critical that they do I can t go on My time is worth than that given that I won t stop thinking of it the entire time Maybe this isn t something that would bother you and if not this could uite possibly be a book that falls into the fun read category

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Escribes the clash of forces when an advanced society that has filled a solar system with flesh and blood life meets the near AI’s that it banished long ago  This is a story of love for the wild and natural life on a colony planet complex adventure set in powerful space stations and the desire to live completely whether you are made of flesh and bone or sili. In a distant future a society of spacefaring humans who mainly live in enormous space stations are faced with the return to their solar system of the Next a machine society originally based on uploaded humansIn this solar system humanity is recovering the Earth like planet Lym from the abuses of their ancestors Few humans live there with the center of culture being the Glittering the name for the collection of ships and space stations further out in the solar system On Lym we have Charlie Windar an exemplary ranger who is deeply devoted to his job and the planet In the Glittering we have Nona Hall an heiress with good relations to some of the Glittering leadership who is about to visit Lym Further out on the Edge of Glittering space we have Chrystal and her wife and two husbands on the space station High Sweet Home who are all about to have a very bad time of it as the Next make their first major show of force since they were banished from the system centuries beforeWhat follows is a fascinating look at a society of uploaded intelligences inter system and inter species politics and a deeply personal story besides as we go in depth on the major characters and what motivates them and in particular the relationships between Charlie and Nona and Nona and ChrystalThe world building is exuisite and the characters wonderful The central issue around the Next that of being uploaded humans is really well handled with balanced discussion of what is gained in the process as well as what is lost My only complaint with it all is that the Next are so overwhelmingly strong that the outcome here isn t very dramatic When facing a situation of war and annihilation as opposed to either non interference or collaboration the choice seems pretty clear right from the outsetI would recommend this book with the slight caveat that it is the first in a seuel series to another duology which starts with The Creative Fire While I was able to read this without having read the earlier series there were freuent references to events from the earlier series which didn t go into a lot of detail I m ok with not understanding all the references but I know other readers who would be bothered by that


10 thoughts on “Edge of Dark

  1. says:

    38 I've only read 40 pages but I'm really enjoying this so far I was a little scared and disturbed by the low average rating on GR and was worried I was going to be disappointed but all of 40 pages in this is grea

  2. says:

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum book was an awesome read I first went into it believing it was a brand new series set in a new univ

  3. says:

    45 stars rounded up just for the amount of enjoyment I got from reading thisI really loved this book It does a great job of exploring

  4. says:

    I really enjoyed this I like being surprised when I read a book and this story's characters didn't always do what I expected them to do I liked the main PoV characters Nona Hall Charlie Windar and Chrystal It was fascinating seeing the Next's

  5. says:

    In a distant future a society of spacefaring humans who mainly live in enormous space stations are faced with the return to their solar syste

  6. says:

    In the far future a future so distant that Earth is just a rumor of a place humanity lives in the dark The two pl

  7. says:

    For the last two weeks The Edge of Dark has been the book I read during middle of the night breastfeedings so i

  8. says:

    If a book's about a major worlds changing event something that I expect is for it to make sense as to why the main characters were instrumental in this event This is not so for Edge of Dark where Nona and Charlie are very uickly placed in decisions where they have to make decisions for all of humanity or less for no good reason For Nona especially I often asked myself why the heck isn't someone else doing this? In a society with billions of

  9. says:

    I did not enjoy this book but I did not hate it The plot was interesting but only mildly It felt underdeveloped and the characters were not rea

  10. says:

    The Next might be the next stage of evolution Sometimes referred to as the Ice Pirates the Next were once a human creation near autonomous robots that were banished to darkest edge of the solar system Instead of guttering

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