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04:01 pm: The Children of the Sky by Vernor Vinge

This is the third and last book of Vinge's ZONES OF THOUGHT SERIES and I'd like to talk about the series part of it first. The first, A Fire Upon the Deep, was published in 1992; the second, A Deepness in the Sky, was published in 1999; and The Children of the Sky was published in 2011. My problem with these in this order is that the ending of the first slides right into the beginning of the third. The second one happens thousands of years earlier and is interesting in itself, but is a little weird in the middle. There's only one person who is in all three books and he's primarily in the second, and peripherally in the others. I don't know why Vinge did it this way.

The Children of the Sky has the first batch of kids that were born or warmed up on the planet start to get old enough to not only think they know what's best (ha!), but to set up a secret group to follow their belief. When the bad people show up and the kids can't do anything and have to appeal to the adults, well, things really shoot off.

Of these, I like the first best, and if I think of it as not part of the series, I also like the second.

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From:davidgoldfarb
Date:July 30th, 2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
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Is it the last of the series? It certainly felt to me like there needs to be at least one more.
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From:mjlayman
Date:July 30th, 2012 11:53 pm (UTC)
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The information from the SFBC was that it was the last. I agree that a fourth might finish it off, but then the second really would seem odd.
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From:soon_lee
Date:August 1st, 2012 07:22 am (UTC)
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I read it and enjoyed it well enough, but it felt like volume two of a trilogy.
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From:mjlayman
Date:August 1st, 2012 03:17 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, that's what David said. Did you read the first two before this one? I did, and while I think a fourth might be better, I'm not sure it would really make the series work.
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From:soon_lee
Date:August 1st, 2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I've read the other two & enjoyed them more than this one.

With this one, it's feels like it has turned into an open-ended series; the first two read like stand-alone novels in the same universe. And I am not entirely sure this is a good thing.
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From:mjlayman
Date:August 2nd, 2012 02:58 am (UTC)
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Yes, that makes a lot of sense.
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