Currently Reading: Children of Ruin


So far, my thought that this was a completely unnecessary sequel is spot on. I’m at the 50% mark and I have to admit, I am not enjoying this and I am not impressed with Tchaikovsky’s writing this time around. It kind of depresses me actually.

55 thoughts on “Currently Reading: Children of Ruin

        1. I think he got better as he aged. Once he switched to books in the 2000’s with his Apt books, it seemed like his vast experience really helped give them a depth most series were lacking at the time.

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                1. I think he needs to change up his style to stay relevant. I mean, look at the Notorious PS-G. She’s all the rage in belgium boom wave and yet 30 years ago nobody had heard of her. Tchaikovsky just needs to explore the art a little deeper.

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                    1. My inbuilt autocorrect says “boom wave” not “boom rave”. Are they stylistically linked forms of artistic expression or antitheses of the other? I’d never even considered that idea until this very moment.

                      Well, I guess I have to skip work today to think about that!

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    1. Thanks. I enjoyed the first “Children of….” book but this is not going over well at all 😦

      Hahahahaa. Well, considering that the Apt series is almost as big as the Wheel of Time, good luck! 😀

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            1. I remember when 500 page books were NOT the normal size. I feel like things changed in the 90’s with writers like Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson and GRRMartin. So today we have to put up with massive books that really don’t need to be massive.

              As for your trouble, is it any book that size or specific genres?

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            1. Ahhh, well, he is as wordy as Sanderson. Most of his novels are chunksters 😀
              Personally, I’d recommend his standalone Guns of the Dawn if you want to try another standalone.
              Now, if you want to sample his best work, go for The Shadows of the Apt decalogy. Starts with Empire in Black and Gold and just gets better and better 😀

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  1. Is that a space sting ray on the cover? I’d be skeptical of that, if I saw it. Then, I’d be wondering if it could fly backwards at all.

    I’m thinking I might lean on Asher again soon, you know it’s five stars when you wake up early to read a book. 😀

    Well, maybe his tone will change soon. I know I’ve read books by one author and it almost seems like at a certain point a while different author takes over and everything changes.

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    1. I had to go look up a big picture but I’m pretty sure it is one of the spaceships of the spider/human group.

      I say go for it! Mo’ Asher is mo’ better!
      So far, he’s been consistent in tone, story telling, etc. One of his books was pretty strong against religion but it wasn’t a deal breaker at all for me. He wasn’t providing an actual cogent argument beyond “I don’t like these kind of people so let me write them as Strawmen to knock down”. But after he got it out of his system, he just makes the occasional snide remark in every book.

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    1. Children of Time is definitely a great intro for Tchaikovsky. I used to recommend it because it was a standalone. Now, I’ll be recommending some of his other standalones for people to try him out. Not everyone has the “oomph” to start with his Apt decalogy 😉

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  2. Ah, I’m glad I listened to my gut this time – I loved Children of Time but even then it felt like a one-time trick so when I heard he’s making a sequel I was rather nonplussed. Sorry to hear this one’s as expected!

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    1. Your gut made the right decision! Time was a perfect standalone book. I had my issues with it but have to acknowledge that as a standalone, it was probably one of his best works. But now? I’ll not recommend it to people to try him out. Because then they’ll read this book :-/

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            1. Yes Any book that gets a CR or CR&Q post gets a review. By the time these go up I’ve (usually, this month is unusual due to Gulag II) already written the review and so can focus on things I tend to ignore in the review.
              At least, that is how it is supposed to work! Like I said, this month has been really thrown off by Gulag, so I’m barely ahead right now.

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    1. While I’m a huge Tchaikovsky fanboy, if he doesn’t work for you, he doesn’t work for you. I thought Children of Time was one of his better standalones, but as part one of a duology I won’t be recommending it anymore.
      But if you didn’t care for Time, then I’d guess you’d not be excited about his other works, even his genius Shadows of the Apt series 😉

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  3. Weird as it might seem coming from an arachnophobe like me, but here I missed the spider-centric story of the first book, and I could not “warm up” to the octopus-like creatures of this second one. It was a decent read, but certainly not on the same level as its precedessor.

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    1. yeah, the octopi have been too “non-relatable” for me too. Which is odd as I’m always railing against having too much character and not enough idea in the SF I read 😀

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