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  1. Gavin Gavin says:

    I really wanted to like this Elisabeth Bear has been on my to read list for years and she has a ton of books that have received decent acclaim It also sounded like it would be a cool blend of fantasy, sci fi, and Norse mythology Sadly, I could not get into the story and found the book a total bore Bear s distant writing style definitely did not help.I persisted with this for as long as I could, but decided to quit around the 50% mark as I just had no desire to return to the book when I put i I really wanted to like this Elisabeth Bear has been on my to read list for years and she has a ton of books that have received decent acclaim It also sounded like it would be a cool blend of fantasy, sci fi, and Norse mythology Sadly, I could not get into the story and found the book a total bore Bear s distant writing style definitely did not help.I persisted with this for as long as I could, but decided to quit around the 50% mark as I just had no desire to return to the book when I put it down I found I just did not care about the happenings in the story or any of the characters There is no worse crime for a book than for it to be one that I avoid trying to read In all fairness it wasboring than awful.All in all this was a big disappointment DNF d 50% Rating 2 stars Audio Note Even the superb Michael Krammer and Kate Reading could not save this one


  2. Sandi Sandi says:

    When I read the first chapter of All the Windwracked Stars by Elizabeth Bear, I thought I would be giving it 5 stars The language is beyond beautiful The story is told in the manner of an epic poem, without the verse This is the stuff of myth and legend and that is reflected in the style The reader doesn t really connect to the characters, but can one really ever connect to legends I ended up downgrading this story by one star for a couple of reasons First, about halfway through the book, I When I read the first chapter of All the Windwracked Stars by Elizabeth Bear, I thought I would be giving it 5 stars The language is beyond beautiful The story is told in the manner of an epic poem, without the verse This is the stuff of myth and legend and that is reflected in the style The reader doesn t really connect to the characters, but can one really ever connect to legends I ended up downgrading this story by one star for a couple of reasons First, about halfway through the book, I realized that I was so caught up with the way Bear was telling the story that I missed some of the setup for the main action I had to flip back a few time to figure out what was going on Second, the time spans encompassed in this story were confusing and I it seemed to me that I never knew how much time had passed Characters would be in one place for what seemed like months, but they got back to where they had been in a few days If you re one of those people who checks out where readers shelve books, you ll see that I ve put this on both my fantasy and sci fi shelves All the Windwracked Stars is mostly fantasy, but it has the stuff of science fiction going on in it too It s supposed to be the first book in a trilogy, but it stands well on its own It s a challenging read, beautifully done It reminded me a lot of Perdido Street Station by China Mi ville If you liked that book, you should like this one as well


  3. Paul Paul says:

    Occasionally, a novel can be greatly appreciated without being appealing Like a piece of art in which one can enjoy the beauty and craftsmanship, but feel no connection with it No matter how hard one tries, the novel and reader never engage each other there is only an emotional flatness, a seed of a story that never germinates Sometimes certain books don t work with certain readers This is not a criticism as much as an observation What doesn t emotionally connect with one reader could just Occasionally, a novel can be greatly appreciated without being appealing Like a piece of art in which one can enjoy the beauty and craftsmanship, but feel no connection with it No matter how hard one tries, the novel and reader never engage each other there is only an emotional flatness, a seed of a story that never germinates Sometimes certain books don t work with certain readers This is not a criticism as much as an observation What doesn t emotionally connect with one reader could just as likely connect with the next one.Case in point is Elizabeth Bear s latest novel All the Windwracked Stars Bear s novel is beautifully written and expertly plotted, yet the story failed to engage me, lessening the overall appeal of the book for me There were moments when I got into the story, only to have later events jar me back out of it However, there was never a point in All the Windwracked Stars where the book grabbed hold and refused to let go Unfortunately, as much as I wanted to like the book due to Bear s sublime craftsmanship, All the Windwracked Stars never generated any interest in me it was an emotional flatline But that isn t to say that it wouldn t generate interest in others It contains all the elements necessary to be very successful with readers I m just not one of them As the novel begins, Muire stumbles across the aftermath of an apocalyptic battle between the children of the Light and the tarnished She sadly discovers that all of her brothers and sisters of the Light have been killed, leaving her as the lone survivor of the Light Muire is understandably crushed by this discovery She is also wracked with enormous guilt, since she owes her survival to the fact that she fled like a coward before the battle began.Among the corpses littering the battlefield, Muire discovers the valraven Kasimir, barely alive Kasimir is an extremely intelligent type of stallion that has two heads and wings The valravens traditionally serve as mounts for the children of Light Among the cold and snowy field of death, Muire and Kasimir end up eventually saving each other both literally and metaphorically , creating a timeless bond in the process Twenty three hundred years later, human civilization has risen and nearly fallen, humanity now poised on the brink of extinction Two hundred years earlier, the Desolation left all Valdyrgard a salted garden Only the ancient city of Eiledon currently survives due to the magical guardianship of the Technomancer But it too is now failing.Muire, who has been living in Eiledon since before the Desolation, stumbles across a man dying in the streets one night She takes in his last breath, sucking it down deep into her lungs, a waelcyrge rite by which she chooses him In choosing him, Muire accepted his death and accepted as well the burden of vengeance that death brought But this vengeance comes with a heavy price, and Muire suddenly finds herself in the heart of a complex mystery One in which the outcome may affect the very survival of human civilization.Muire, the protagonist of All the Windwracked Stars, was the biggest hindrance to my enjoyment of the book Due to her guilt over her desertion of the children of Light twenty three hundred years prior, Muire is emotionally crippled, filled with so much self hatred that she isannoying rather than endearing Her woe is me act wore thin quickly I generally am bored by mopey, angst ridden characters, so Muire s inability to get over it didn t make for the most exciting reading Thematically, All the Windwracked Stars concentrates on the Muire s possible salvation Can her future actions erase the stain of her past negligence While I can appreciate this question, her emotional trauma bored me I felt no empathy for her character Many of the other characters in the novel like Selene, Kasimir, Cristokos, and Cathoair are quite appealing though Only Muire undermines the narrative by wallowing in her angst If she had only spanked her inner emo, All the Windwracked Stars would have been very special The world of All the Windwracked Stars is highly imaginative and creative the world building and characterization is generally fresh and unique Bear s creativity is wonderful to behold as it informs even the smallest detail of Valdyrgard The language is beautiful passages are poetic in their composition Bear writes with an artist s sense of language prose that is elevated above normal genre fiction For example, Bear writes Since the breaking of the Light the wolf has been listening to the ticking decay Worlds, like gods, are a long time dying, and the deathblow dealt the children of the Light did not stop a civilization of mortal men from rising in their place, inventing medicine and philosophy, metallurgy and space flight Aesthetically, the novel is a wonder to behold I was awed intellectually by Bear s imagination Only my issues with Muire kept me from fully connecting with the world If the focus had been shifted onto another character, I likely would have found the material muchengaging I just couldn t bring myself to care about Muire.Last Word Despite being beautifully composed and crafted, All the Windwracked Stars failed to connect with me The angst ridden protagonist Muire is too weepy, her consuming self hatred too melodramatic and boring Therefore, I found myself having a difficult time relating to her, and as she serves as the main conduit for the story, this obviously hampered my enjoyment of the novel This is really a personal objectionthan a criticism though Despite my distaste for Muire, All the Windwracked Stars is still a wonderfully imaginative and enjoyable novel


  4. Mpauli Mpauli says:

    Welcome to Books with Charactrs The show, where xour favorite movie characters talk about the books they like So let s get into it, shall we First up, we have Luke Skywalker with us tonight Thanks, host May you live long and prosper said Luke Oh snap, you re a funny one, aren t you Spend a lot of time with Mr Solo lately So, what kind of book did you bring today I have a SF book for you It plays in the far future, we have genetically mutated species, a university flying over th Welcome to Books with Charactrs The show, where xour favorite movie characters talk about the books they like So let s get into it, shall we First up, we have Luke Skywalker with us tonight Thanks, host May you live long and prosper said Luke Oh snap, you re a funny one, aren t you Spend a lot of time with Mr Solo lately So, what kind of book did you bring today I have a SF book for you It plays in the far future, we have genetically mutated species, a university flying over the city of Eidolon, the last remaining city on the planet There is a virus, you ve got your hoverboards and all the great SF stuff And what is the name of your book It s called All the windwracked stars Nice, moving on we have the lovely Lady Galadriel Welcome to the show Thank you, dear host What a pleasure to be hear, said Galadriel I hope the conversation stays pleasent, so you don t have to use your voice, you know, said the host I hope not, isn t there enough of The Voice already on tv asked Galadriel Splendid, my lady So what kind of book did you bring to the show Of course, I brought a tale of Fantasy Of long lost swords, of rebirth and fallen gods Of wolf and men That sound promising What is the name of your book then, my lady asked the host It s called All the windwracked stars , said Galadriel Hey, wait a minute That s my book said Luke Skywalker My, my that s getting interesting, don t you think folks But don t let us get into the discussion yet We haveguests to introduce From The Avengers and his own movies, please welcome the mighty Thor said the host Hail thee, honorable host The Son of Odin is proud to be thy guest said Thor You have a movie coming out quite sonn, am I right asked the host Hey, I have a movie coming out as wellat some point in the future said Luke Skywalker Silence, ye infidel When the God of Thunder speaks, thou shall awe my words, mortal And thou are not in error, dear host A fine tale of the beloved god I am is soon to be told to your world of Midgard said Thor Well, Thor, what kind of book did you bring to us from Valhalla asked the host Witness an epic of nordic tales, where valkyries fly on valravens Where Ragnar k occurred and the wolf ate the sun A tale of the end of the world, of glory, of honor of freedom It s all in the pages of the scrolls called All the windwracked stars , It can t be Now you re stealing my thunder as well asked Luke Skywalker The thunder is mine to giveth in the first place, wielder of colorful lightning said Thor What an extraordinary show So, let s move on to our last guest Please give a warm applause for the lovely Ms Scarlett O Hara Thank you, y all Ah m honored to be here, said Scarlett So, what kind of book did you bring us today asked the host Ah brought a story o romance Of love that surpasses death Of love between man and woman, of man and beast and of man and man There s heartbreak and heartache in the romance All the windwracked stars , said Scarlett There s always another day for books, isn t there But sadly, we are running out of time So one final question to you all What is All the windwracked stars all about asked the host Choices and Destiny, said Luke Skywalker Redemption and Forgiveness, said Galadriel Honor and Sacrifice, said Thor Love and Friendship, said Scarlett Well, that sounds confusing, but fascinating Thank you folks for tuning in See you next time on Books with Characters


  5. Megan Baxter Megan Baxter says:

    Elizabeth Bear is one of my favourite authors these days, but I struggled with the start of All the Windwracked Stars I don t mind being plunged in at the deep end and left to figure my own way out, but this world was so alien, built on such different assumptions that just a tiny bitof a roadmap would have been helpful.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you Elizabeth Bear is one of my favourite authors these days, but I struggled with the start of All the Windwracked Stars I don t mind being plunged in at the deep end and left to figure my own way out, but this world was so alien, built on such different assumptions that just a tiny bitof a roadmap would have been helpful.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook


  6. Stefan Stefan says:

    All the Windwracked Stars is the first book in the EDDA OF BURDENS trilogy by fantasy and SF author Elizabeth Bear The novel is a very original blend of fantasy, science fiction, steampunk and mythology, and while it has some weaknesses, its originality sets it apart in a genre that s all too often filled with cookie cutter material.Surprisingly, All the Windwracked Stars actually begins with Ragnarok, the final battle between the Children of the Light and the Tarnished Muire, a waelcyrge val All the Windwracked Stars is the first book in the EDDA OF BURDENS trilogy by fantasy and SF author Elizabeth Bear The novel is a very original blend of fantasy, science fiction, steampunk and mythology, and while it has some weaknesses, its originality sets it apart in a genre that s all too often filled with cookie cutter material.Surprisingly, All the Windwracked Stars actually begins with Ragnarok, the final battle between the Children of the Light and the Tarnished Muire, a waelcyrge valkyrie is one of the only survivors, together with Kasimir, another valkyrie s wounded valraven, who in a sign of things to come is transformed from his old two headed, winged horse form into asteampunk ish guise.Fast forwardthan two millennia, to a post apocalyptic world in which humanity only has one semi viable city left Eiledon is ruled by the Technomancer, who lives in a university fortress floating above the city, and enforces her rule over the general population with a force of unmans animal human hybrids Early in the novel, Muire learns that Mingan the Wolf is still stalking the world, and that the Technomancer s goals may not be entirely benevolent.All the Windwracked Stars is a challenging but ultimately rewarding novel challenging, because it takes a good 200 pages before the plot really emerges Until that happens, you re reading a novel set in a world that s so unique it can be confusing, populated by characters that are extremely hard to connect with, especially in the first handful of chapters The original setting, combined with Elizabeth Bear s beautiful prose, will carry patient readers to the point where the story really takes off, but it s hard not to feel that this novel could have beenaccessible.Regardless of this, All the Windwracked Stars is amazingly successful at combining mythology and science fiction in an intriguing and unique way If you are interested in Norse mythology, and your tolerance for challenging reads is high, this book will deliver for you in spades My review was also published at www.fantasyliterature.com


  7. Maggie K Maggie K says:

    Elizabeth Bear has some of the most lyrical writing I have ever read, simply beautiful, and it puts you right into the sceneyou can feel the snow, or the heat of the steed I love a book that can simply transport me into a sense of place.A take from the Norse pantheon, Muire is the lone surviving Valkyrie, doomed to immortality But can she simply live out her days and watch the world end WIll she have to do something to try and save it I found her indecision very humane.She finds another C Elizabeth Bear has some of the most lyrical writing I have ever read, simply beautiful, and it puts you right into the sceneyou can feel the snow, or the heat of the steed I love a book that can simply transport me into a sense of place.A take from the Norse pantheon, Muire is the lone surviving Valkyrie, doomed to immortality But can she simply live out her days and watch the world end WIll she have to do something to try and save it I found her indecision very humane.She finds another Child of Light still alive, and determined to have the world end But when Muire starts recognizing her fellow Valkyries souls in some of the people around hershe feels compelled to drop the shields she has built around her, and oncebecome involved in the world


  8. Anna Stephens Anna Stephens says:

    I read this after the prequel, By the Mountain Bound even though that was published second A beautiful, eerie, tragic mix of Norse legend and science fantasy, this is a complex, complicated, tender and ultimately heartbreaking book The world is dying, and Muire, last of the Valkyrie, is tasked with watching it happen And, perhaps, trying to stop it On her journey she comes across technomancers, created animal people known as aux or unmans, halfman and nearman allies and enemies, and Fe I read this after the prequel, By the Mountain Bound even though that was published second A beautiful, eerie, tragic mix of Norse legend and science fantasy, this is a complex, complicated, tender and ultimately heartbreaking book The world is dying, and Muire, last of the Valkyrie, is tasked with watching it happen And, perhaps, trying to stop it On her journey she comes across technomancers, created animal people known as aux or unmans, halfman and nearman allies and enemies, and Fenris himself, in human guise the Grey Wolf Mingan Wonderfully written and expertly combining legend, myth, magic and swords with satellites, radiation and bioengineered viruses, All the Windwracked Stars defies categorisation and deserves to be read


  9. Ben Rubinstein Ben Rubinstein says:

    What a great read This one really was a winner I admit that I m a sucker for a female protagonist, especially of the gritty persuasion, and in that respect Muire doesn t disappoint And talk about a flawed hero She was the LONE Valkyrie to run away from the Ragnarok The first one at least This book is about her saving the world from the second And it features a villain with human and justifiable motivations How lacking in sci fi fantasy My own quibble was that I wish it would have been a What a great read This one really was a winner I admit that I m a sucker for a female protagonist, especially of the gritty persuasion, and in that respect Muire doesn t disappoint And talk about a flawed hero She was the LONE Valkyrie to run away from the Ragnarok The first one at least This book is about her saving the world from the second And it features a villain with human and justifiable motivations How lacking in sci fi fantasy My own quibble was that I wish it would have been a bit longer Bear is a sparse writer, and I wish she would have taken a bittime fleshing out the world Still, great none the less, and I can t wait for the prequel in Fall 09


  10. Paul Weimer Paul Weimer says:

    Elizabeth Bear is an audacious, difficult, and ultimately rewarding author There are good reasons why she won a Campbell award, and a Hugo award She s ambitious, writes characters who are all too human, and is very willing to take standard pieces of the F SF genre, and rework them, remix myth and Story into it, and come out with books and stories that bite.All the Windwracked Stars is the latest in that tradition Informed and infused by Norse mythology, the novel begins with, paradoxically, a Elizabeth Bear is an audacious, difficult, and ultimately rewarding author There are good reasons why she won a Campbell award, and a Hugo award She s ambitious, writes characters who are all too human, and is very willing to take standard pieces of the F SF genre, and rework them, remix myth and Story into it, and come out with books and stories that bite.All the Windwracked Stars is the latest in that tradition Informed and infused by Norse mythology, the novel begins with, paradoxically, a Ragnarok We meet Muire, last of the Valkyrie, and Kasimir, the Valraven steed that bonds to her in the denouement of that final battle Muire the Historian, to her shame, does not die as the rest of the Children of the Light do, and so lives on and on to see civilization, this time a human one, arise again on Valdyrgard As you might expect, with a novel based so heavily on Norse stories, and given Bear s writing proclivities and style, the novel carries us headlong toward the inevitable fall of this human civilization.It is between these two falls of civilizations that the meat of the novel and the Story take place Muire still has her Valkyrie obligations, and it is in the unfolding of those obligations that Muire encounters an old enemy, and discovers the real reason why Eiledon, the last city, has managed to survive until the end under its implacable, mysterious ruler, the Technomancer Norse Myth and Mythology Strange technology and a Last City set in blasted landscape Complex characters muddling along as best they can Muire seeks a chance at redemption, a strong and potent theme in the novel, reflected across the range of characters And while it might not be a crackerjack straightforward plot, Bear hauntingly and memorably creates Valdyrgard and Eiledon and its denizens I ve said in other reviews that Bear s work is probably not for everyone, or every SF reader However, given that she is at the cutting edge of the newest generation of SF writers, if you want to see why the young turks of SF are doing with the genre, Bear is a strong choice for you to find that out In an publishing age where Fantasy is ascendant over its technologically inclined brother, its refreshing, encouraging, and joyful to find a writer who does write fantasy e.g The Promethean age novels , but who is also willing to write darned good science fiction, with no apologies Andimportantly than just being willing to write science fiction, but to be very good at it Barq s Root Beer has a tagline Barq s Got Bite I would say, however, having read a number of her novels, and especially after reading this one, that Bear s Got Bite


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All the Windwracked Stars [BOOKS] ✫ All the Windwracked Stars By Elizabeth Bear – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk It all began with Ragnarok, with the Children of the Light and the Tarnished ones battling to the death in the ice and the dark At the end of the long battle, one Valkyrie survived, wounded, and one v It all began with Ragnarok, with the Children of the Light and the Tarnished ones battling to the death in the ice and the dark At the end of the long battle, one Valkyrie survived, wounded, and one valraven the steeds All the PDF/EPUB or of the valkyrieBecause they lived, Valdyrgard was not wholly destroyed Because the valraven was transformed in the last miracle offered to a Child of the Light, Valdyrgard was changed to a world where magic and technology worked hand in hand years later, Muire is in the last city on the dying planet, where the Technomancer rules what s left of humanity She s caught sight of someone she has not seen since the Last Battle Mingan the Wolf is hunting in her city.

  • Hardcover
  • 368 pages
  • All the Windwracked Stars
  • Elizabeth Bear
  • English
  • 24 October 2019
  • 0765318822

About the Author: Elizabeth Bear

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