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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books (Aug. 18 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385263937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385263931
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #646,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeremiah J. Timmins on March 4 2003
Format: Paperback
I've just finished this book, and fireworks are still going off in my head. I've never been more swept up by a work of literature as I was by this. The author delivers a book that covers 7,000 years of history, billions of years after Earth's sun goes nova. This is the story of humanity's second chance, under the most unlikely and mind-blowing cause. It won't let you go, from beginning to end. Totally original and mind-blowing. Filled with philosphy about life, death, and time, this is one of the most uplifting sci-fi action adventures ever written.

-- JJ Timmins
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By flying-monkey on Jan. 22 1999
Format: Paperback
It is difficult to describe how good this book is. The concept is mind-blowing, drawn from the fuzzy edges of quantum physics, yet the human characters are real and ordinary, trying to live their lives out caught up in a beautiful but unfair and cruel world in which they were never meant to live. As far as world creation goes, there is nothing like Chalco-Doror, not even in Attanasio's other works, but it is not the invention and the imaginative flair that is the best part of Last Legends, it is the quality of the writing. No-one in sci-fi (or beyond) writes like him. His style is brilliant and baroque, defined by a pure artistic force that overwhelms the reader, and forces you to be inside the book. Reading this book WILL make your life better! It should have won awards by the bucket-load- how this can be ignored while the likes of Orson Scott Card get recognised is beyond me...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on April 14 2004
Format: Hardcover
As a rule I will not touch Fantasy and this one had several elements of fantasy - the ridiculous, unpronouncable names, the wild beasts, castles, etc But it was packed with science fiction ideas - indeed, it was a mesmerizing, visionary work that seemed written in an exalted, transcendent state.
First of all, the premise was startling. To reassemble living creatures that had been dead for 2 billion years from traces of burned DNA was just so...original. And what made such an impact was how "human" our makers turned out to be and what literal devils the spider foes were. There has never been a more sinister enemy, none more horrifying (the slasher monsters look tame in comparison). For once, the author does not attempt to show understanding or concern or empathy for such evil creatures but treats them like the unimaginable horror they are.
The love affair was wonderful as was the story of the female explorer (the alien) who came to not only understand but empathize and finally side with humanity. The understated character of the story was the captured school teacher who alternated between moments of temporary memory and sorrow and excruciating torture. The novel was a grand experiment that succeeded mightily.
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By C.W. on Sept. 27 2003
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me a bit of Lord of Light but with believable science. This was, I believe, the fourth book of the Radix tetrad. Attanasio wanted to write a book based on each of the dimensions and time was the final one. What was interesting was his science, it's hard to make a novel about time travel and have it make sense on a technical level, but I found this novel quite plausible.
He writes in a lyrical manner, almost mythical in nature. It was pleasing, but left little in the way of characterization. The book follows many stories (since it encompasses such a huge timeline) and that also left little room for character development. However, my biggest knock against the book was the last 100 pages. I felt the book climaxed too early and just kind of fizzled out in the end.
Overall, though, a very solid outing. I strongly recommend the book and will be trying others by this author.
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Format: Paperback
Tolkien for the sci-fi genre; that about sums this one up. Perfect perfect book that must be read!
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Format: Hardcover
This book is simply one of the best. Nothing I have ever read in all of the 500+ books I have consumed (at least half being sci-fi) has come close to the depth and entertainment of this book. Not only does it entertain, but this is one of those few books that truelly makes you think. The sheer scope of the epic is unbeleiveable. It goes through 2 very different primary species on Earth, a group of beings that literaly eat the pain of lower races, an aloof group of beings from another reality out for revenge, it goes on and on. Throughout it all, the central thread is humanity itself.
When you finish reading this book, you won't put it down and pick up another. For days at least, you will just sit back thinking about the book saying "wow that has heavy, but SO great". It is unparalleled at what it is, one of those small genre of Sci-fi books all by its self. The end of time/universe/etc book. Besides the central plot of the book, and all the many subplots, the story actually strives to tell something in its completness and complexity. The book shows the unstoppable power of the human spirit, and humanity as a race's unwillingness to give up or surrender. Infact, at several points thoughout the book, the Rimstalker actually handycaps humanity against the high tech Zolt, fearing that humans would prove too difficult of prey. That would cause the solarsystem sized trap to be unsucsessful.
In summary, simply a beatiful master peice, long neglected. Honestly, I have no idea why this book is not considered one of the great "must reads" of the science fiction world. If you ever see a copy, BUY IT because this great (and unfortunately rare) book is out of print. Enjoy it while you can. One for the ages.
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