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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra (Nov. 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553101730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553101737
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 17.8 x 24.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,438,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This second volume in David Brin's new Uplift trilogy is an epic tale that artfully combines dozens of unique characters and their individual stories. The planet Jijo, which has been settled by six separate races despite a decree that it remain barren for a million years, is about to change. The exploration ship Streaker, on the run since discovering the secrets of a two-billion-year-old derelict fleet, has arrived with virtually the entire universe in pursuit. Overnight the peaceful, technologically backwards Jijoan society erupts into civil war, creating a chaotic tapestry of grief, sorrow, joy, love and, ultimately, hope.

From Publishers Weekly

The Uplift War-a deep-future conflict that spans both galaxies and centuries-continues in this rich middle volume (after Brightness Reef) of Brin's second Uplift trilogy. On the planet Jijo, the painfully developed cooperation among six sapient races (humans included) is rapidly crumbling under the impact of contact from space. The visitors include the dolphin crew of the ship Streaker and the Rothen, the race who may have "uplifted" to intelligence most of the races of Jijo, except the humans, who because of their unique status are in greater peril than ever. The ensuing tale is well paced, immensely complex, highly literate-and a daunting read, particularly for those new to the series. On full display here is Brin's extraordinary capacity to handle a wide-ranging narrative and to create convincingly complex alien races that not only differ from humanity but also variegate internally. By novel's end, Jijo is irremediably altered, its status as a world of refugees from the political chicanery of the Five Galaxies likely gone forever. Once again, Brin has created a successful mix of social speculation and hard SF that puts him in the honorable company of such authors as Charles Sheffield and Gregory Benford. Undeniably, this is demanding SF; but just as undeniably, it is superior SF as well. (Dec.) FYI: Two Uplift novels have won major SF awards: Startide Rising, the 1983 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and The Uplift War, the 1988 Hugo for Best Novel.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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In this second novel of David Brin's Uplift Storm trilogy, the society of outlaw races on Jijo are thrown into further chaos with the arrival of the super-powerful Jophur, a hostile race of alien conquerors. We are reintroduced to the crew of Streaker, who plot their escape from under the nose of their fearsome adversaries.
This novel suffers from the same problem as most middle works in a trilogy: having neither a true beginning nor a true ending, it exists as nothing but middle that goes on and on, often seeming quite meandering. Only when the final novel has been read is it possible to judge just how essential are the plot elements included here. That said, this series remains immensely enjoyable. It is always fun to see a talented author create a richly detailed world and then turn it upside down, letting the chips fall where they may. The story takes a while to get going, as Brin spends about the first seventy pages having characters do little more than contemplate the events of the first novel. I benefited from this since it had been quite a while since I had read the previous installment, but it seems like that could have been tightened up a bit.
I look forward to reading the next book and hope that Brin chooses to revisit this universe some day. (How about the lost adventures of the Streaker? Quite a few significant events have happened off stage.)
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With Infinity's shore Brin has taken what was a detailed and complex world from Brightness Reef (Book 4 in the uplift saga) and brought events forward to a real pitch of excitement. He has the ability to weave greater and greater complexity into a plot that spans aeons of time, billions of years of planning, coming to a heady conclusion.
It isn't just the variety of races, each well explored in personality and physical traits. It isn't just the sheer number of plot threads that makes this a brilliant series. And it is not just the vision of such a universe. It is the way Brin combines all the serried elements together with such consummate literary skill. His prose is excellent and lapses into the poetic. The uplift saga has to be one of the greatest achievements in science fiction writing, and deserves recognition from mainstream literary critics.
In this volume Brin reintroduces us to the remainder of the Streaker crew who fled Kithrup in Startide Rising (book 2) while continuing to develop the characters of the sooner races on Jijo. And he demonstrates what makes a Jophur of a Traeki. I can say no more without giving away plot elements. Read it!
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Brin has, as always, produced a very rich world and universe in which to set his stories. I was thrilled to see the continuation of the Uplift sagas, and bought all three books in this second trilogy at once.
After 3 months, however, I'm barely halfway through the second book in the series. As usual in Brin's recent publications, he goes into exhausting detail, with numerous characters, and it's very difficult to keep track of (or even care about) many of them. Yet he periodically glosses over major events with so little information that we're left completely clueless about what, if anything, happened.
The stories wind up being disjointed to the extent that it's not easy to get "hooked" - these books are definitely not of the "can't put down" variety. Reading them becomes a chore... until something else happens and you get interested again for a while.
As in previous (non-Uplift) books, I find myself tempted to skip over some characters' viewpoints. Chances are, there are a few that could have been eliminated entirely without major harm to the story - trouble is, you never know which they are, and the one you skip sometimes turns out to be crucial.
Basically, Brin and his editors need to learn to cut down his works - this gets worse with every book he publishes. Cut out some of the extraneous details. Make the books more gripping and less of a chore.... the basic story line is fascinating and I really want to find out what Streaker has found, and what happens to them - otherwise, frankly, I'd give up right now. Rich as the tale is turning out to be, if your readers can't finish it, you've lost the point entirely.
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Sorry, David Brin. There's in no question that you have brilliant ideas and very creatively conceived aliens, but this book and the preceding one of the series are so loaded with undeveloped characters that they tend to blur into a bunch of exotic names with no substance. When I found myself skipping chapters to get on to the characters in whom I found something to identify with, I knew I was lost. While reading this book, I kept stopping to read others, hoping that when I came back to it I would finally be able to really get into it and maybe even finish reading all the chapters I had skipped. I have very mixed feelings about David Brin's writing because I do admire his imagination and really intriguing ideas. But I think he needs to present the reader with a strong protagonist, well defined in all respects, rather than a plethora of shallow characters that we really cannot know very well. Perhaps the most disturbing thing, for me, about Infinity's Shore, is that it has the potential to be a really exceptional read, if all the unnecessary trivialities were excised and the strong story line was allowed to develope via strong and unforgettable characters. Remember: All of the classics, whether in literature, drama, or film, are sparse in the quantity of protagonists and strong on their development.
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