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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra (Nov. 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553101730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553101737
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 15 x 4.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,171,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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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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This is really the fifth volume in the Uplift Saga. It neatly packages all the important themes from the previous works; ready to be blown open in what promises to be an exciting conclusion. The writing (and presentation) is clean, and the story moves along at a quick pace. The aliens initially seem anthropomorphic, but subtly shift in ones perception into truly alien characters. The only comparable work regarding complex interstellar alien conflict is the excellent Chanur series by C.J. Cherryh. In my opinion, with the exception of "The Uplift War," this series is better. Many hard science fiction books, with the exception of those by Greg Bear and Gregory Benford, fail to connect the cosmic happenings to a believable personal level. This work, and this book, succeed in that endeavor. If you want exciting, thought provoking, and moving hard science fiction with characters you care about, then you should buy this book
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What had been an excellent series from a great author has degenerated into the conventional anti-white philia that permeates literature in America now.
The making of a "new" Character "Black" tho handled slowly was pointless to plot other than detracting with thoughts of race or genetical issue. Since none were forthcoming the sole purpose becomes that of making sure the America SF community is aware that White females even in future on isolated planets will be found by "Black" males.
Why do authors have this "need" to do this? There was no reason to mention color at all. Actually if one is not prejudice then it would not have been inserted!
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This review applies to David Brin's new Uplift trilogy as a whole.

I loved Brin's other Uplift books but the new Uplift trilogy is a long-winded dud. It introduces a few enticing ideas, but constantly gets bogged down in useless character development and leaves way too many loose ends without resolving anything. This entire trilogy could have easily been condensed into a single volume, and at least two-thirds of the characters eliminated completely, without losing any of the core content. As it is, the three volumes lack continuity and the main ideas and characters introduced in the beginning turn out to have no relevance in the end. NOT RECOMMENDED.
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Despite my reviews' title, I did like this book. However, I liked its predecessor Brightness Reef better, and Startide Rising better yet. This book took far too long to bring the storylines all together. One character in particular, Asx, took until about page 100 to stop reminiscing on what happened in the last book and move on to this story. Furthermore, each story line would be presented for 1-3 pages, then Brin would shift focus to another storyline. Lastly, some of the coincidences seem too fantastic- like most of Dwer's adventures. Other than a major cliffhanger tied up with ruminations and secrets not shared with the reader in this book, it was still a good book which I would recommend. Of course, if you want to finish the Uplift story, it is a requirement....
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