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The Children of the Sky Hardcover – Oct 11 2011

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (Oct. 11 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312875622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312875626
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.9 x 24.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 640 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #423,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Imagine bootstrapping a fallen civilization into transcendence using nothing but a collection of hive-mind Machiavellis, a crippled hyperadvanced spaceship, and a pack of surly, scheming orphaned adolescents. Oh, and then there's the vengeful god ramscooping itself to relativistic speeds a mere thirty light years away. Vinge's explosive imagination and deft storytelling make epics sail past like hummingbirds--you'll steal daytime moments to read more, and lie awake at night contemplating what you've read.” ―Cory Doctorow, bestselling and award-winning author of Little Brother

“Vernor Vinge's stories and novels have always surprised and entertained me, and The Children of the Sky carries on that grand tradition!” ―Greg Bear, bestselling author of Hull Zero Three

“No one has ever crafted a more complex, fascinating, and strangely realistic alien race than Vernor Vinge's marvelous Tines.” ―David Brin, bestselling author of The Postman and Startide Rising

“This is big-scale science fiction at its best.” ―The Denver Post on A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge

“With uninterrupted pacing, suspense without contrivance, and deftly drawn aliens who can be pleasantly comical without becoming cute, Vinge offers heart-pounding, mind-expanding science fiction at its best.” ―Publishers Weekly, Starred Review on A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge

“There are not too many novels that leave this reader screaming violently for more. Vernor Vinge's has done so.” ―Locus on A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge

“When I was young and had to write my address in a school notebook, I would begin with my street and apartment number and then go on through city, county, state, country and continent in a litany of ever more grandiose place names that did not end until I reached 'Earth, Solar System, Milky Way Galaxy, The Universe.' In those days, it thrilled me that my small corner of the Bronx was just one part of the vastness I could see in the sky at night. This is the feeling I got from reading A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge.” ―New York Times Book Review on A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge

“No summary can do justice to the depth and conviction of Vinge's ideas. The overall concept astonishes; the aliens are developed with memorable skill and insight; the plot twists and turns with unputdownable tension. A masterpiece of universe-building.” ―Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review on A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge

“Though Vinge's galaxy is huger than one can begin to grasp, it is, at the same time, entirely seeable in the mind's eye. To find out how he does this trick, how he has managed to create a setting intimate enough to hold a single tale and big enough to tell a thousand, just read the book.” ―John Clute, Interzone on A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge

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Each story in this jubilantly acclaimed collection pays testament to the wisdom and resilience of children, even in the face of the most agonizing circumstances.

A family living in a makeshift shanty in urban Kenya scurries to find gifts of any kind for the impending Christmas holiday. A Rwandan girl relates her family’s struggles to maintain a facade of normalcy amid unspeakable acts. A young brother and sister cope with their uncle’s attempt to sell them into slavery. Aboard a bus filled with refugees—a microcosm of today’s Africa—a Muslim boy summons his faith to bear a treacherous ride across Nigeria. Through the eyes of childhood friends the emotional toll of religious conflict in Ethiopia becomes viscerally clear.

Uwem Akpan’s debut signals the arrival of a breathtakingly talented writer who gives a matter-of-fact reality to the most extreme circumstances in stories that are nothing short of transcendent.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This story takes place ten years after A Fire Upon The Deep's closing events. Ravna Bergsndot tends the out-of-commission starship Out of Band II, watches the skies for the slowly-approaching Blight fleet, and watches over the Children released from Oobii's cold sleep containers. The Children have adjusted to Tines World, making friends, building homes, and in some cases having children of their own. And they have formed beliefs of their own. One group, who become known as the Deniers, no longer accept Ravna's account of the Blight's destructiveness. Nor do they support preparations to deal with the Blight's fleet. These issues lead to deep disagreements.

The Tines themselves also experience change. Some comes from technological development accelerated by Oobii's databases. Personalities also change as packs add new members. Woodcarver takes on a puppy and develops a sharper, almost paranoid aspect. Flenser, reduced to a four-pack, is as crafty as ever. But evil seems to have left him. Explorers from Woodcarver's domain learn more about the southern Choir, a vast mob of singletons that may not be as mindless as it seems. There are new alliances and new inventions. And the traitor Vendacious is still dipping his snouts in where he is not wanted.

I enjoyed reading this book. The Tines are fascinating and the author explored new aspects of their one-from-many nature. Political intrigue among the humans took directions I did not expect. But the book did not live up to my enjoyment of the previous book nor of A Deepness in the Sky.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This book focuses exclusively on the Tines. If you are looking for more about the zones or traditional space fiction there is nothing for you here.
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Format: Hardcover
The Children of the Sky is a change of focus from Fire Upon the Deep. The first was focused on an overwhelming threat that destroyed hundreds of worlds. This book, on the other hand, delves into the minds and politics of the people left with the Tines. The overarching plot from the first book moves forward by only the smallest fraction, and that might annoy you. If you loved the Tines and their civilization, though you'll probably enjoy this book.
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