Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Dust by Elizabeth Bear

by Elizabeth Bear

Published: 2007
Genre: SciFi
Paperback: 368 pages
Rating: 3

Description from the amazon:
On a broken ship orbiting a doomed sun, dwellers have grown complacent with their aging metal world. But when a serving girl frees a captive noblewoman, the old order is about to change....

Ariane, Princess of the House of Rule, was known to be fiercely cold-blooded. But severing an angel’s wings on the battlefield—even after she had surrendered—proved her completely without honor. Captive, the angel Perceval waits for Ariane not only to finish her off—but to devour her very memories and mind. Surely her gruesome death will cause war between the houses—exactly as Ariane desires. But Ariane’s plan may yet be opposed, for Perceval at once recognizes the young servant charged with her care.

Rien is the lost child: her sister. Soon they will escape, hoping to stop the impending war and save both their houses. But it is a perilous journey through the crumbling hulk of a dying ship, and they do not pass unnoticed. Because at the hub of their turning world waits Jacob Dust, all that remains of God, following the vapor wisp of the angel. And he knows they will meet very soon.

Amusing quote:
That is no Ben Kenobi. More une belle quelquesomething sans merci.
- page 97, chapter 10

Zombie sighting:
At lease they will be more useful zombies.
- page 294, chapter 26


My two-bits:
In-a-word(s): complexify
Written well but story just didn't entertain me despite some zombies mentioned (aka resurectees). It could be because I'm still new to the science fiction genre and not quite getting it... yet. Perhaps this may require a re-read later.

In any case, the world introduced included angels, war and hardware. And, I found concepts of memories and souls stored in orchard libraries intriguing.


* my review of the Tiptree short story selection is up: And I Awoke Found Me Here On The Cold Hill’s Side

* part of The Women of Science Fiction Book Club

* part of Women's Tales event


  1. That "souls stored in orchard libraries" sounds cool to me too!

  2. I'm not a big fan of science fiction too, but that's because I never really read a lot of stories in this genre. Sounds like an okay read. :)

  3. I'm excited to read this one. If you've got time for reading and want something that is sci-fi-light(er), I highly, highly recommend Slow River by Nicola Griffith. Amazing, and sci-fi-ish without hurting.

  4. Oh this one, it still sounds so very cool. But it also sounds like something was missing

  5. I think you have to be in a certain state of mind to get some sci-fi - otherwise it's just too much information on the brain at once. I've seen this title around, but didn't feel any urgency to pick it up. But...I didn't know there were zombies in it, either. Nice review!


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