The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen This reissue of a modern classic of science fiction the Hugo and Locus Award winning and Nebula nominated The Snow Queen marks the first time the book has been reprinted in fifteen years The imperio

This reissue of a modern classic of science fiction, the Hugo and Locus Award winning and Nebula nominated The Snow Queen, marks the first time the book has been reprinted in fifteen years.The imperious Winter colonists have ruled the planet Tiamat for 150 years, deriving wealth from the slaughter of the sea mers But soon the galactic stargate will close, isolating TiamatThis reissue of a modern classic of science fiction, the Hugo and Locus Award winning and Nebula nominated The Snow Queen, marks the first time the book has been reprinted in fifteen years.The imperious Winter colonists have ruled the planet Tiamat for 150 years, deriving wealth from the slaughter of the sea mers But soon the galactic stargate will close, isolating Tiamat, and the 150 year reign of the Summer primitives will begin Their only chance at surviving the change is if Arienrhod, the ageless, corrupt Snow Queen, can destroy destiny with an act of genocide Arienrhod is not without competition as Moon, a young Summer tribe sibyl, and the nemesis of the Snow Queen, battles to break a conspiracy that spans space Interstellar politics, a millennia long secret conspiracy, and a civilization whose hidden machineries might still control the fate of worlds all form the background to this spectacular hard science fiction novel from Joan D Vinge.

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  1. Joan D Vinge born Joan Carol Dennison is an American science fiction author She is known for such works as her Hugo Award winning novel The Snow Queen and its sequels, her series about the telepath named Cat, and her Heaven s Chronicles books.

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  1. This is higher end political space opera that borrows a number of themes and central plot components from Frank Herbert sDune, while creatively retelling the Han s Christian Anderson story for which it s named I found much to like here Vinge has quality prose skills and does a excellent job with both world building and layering in a well thought out political structure She has also peopled her narrative with strong, determined, intelligent central characters, all of whom are women A nice change [...]

  2. somewhere along the way this turned from Awesome I want to know to Ugh when is this going to be over insipid characterization ended up trumping the amazing world and universe being built review to come I guess view spoiler no, I m not going to do it I ve already spent too much this month on this book I m just going to copy and paste the comments I made in the group that inspired this read my feelings about this book really turned around somewhere in the middle the characters just really drove m [...]

  3. I always found the Hans Christian Andersen s fairy tale The Snow Queen oddly disturbing, that business with mirror splinters in the eye creeped me out as a kid This Hugo award winning book by Joan D Vinge Mrs Vernor Vinge no less , takes the original tale and turns it up to 11 I find that female science fiction authors are frequently better at character development and are better prose stylists than their male counterparts, cases in point off the top of my head would be Ursula K Le Guin, Lois Mc [...]

  4. OK, I am going to describe a scene to you, and I want you to then tell me which famous science fiction property it comes from Ready So, this is the climax of the middle part of the story The hero finally meets up with the primary antagonist They go head to head in a duel on a narrow bridge over a vast abyss Midway through, our hero learns a stunning piece of news regarding a parental figure, and is then tempted to join the villain in an evil scheme to rule the galaxy.Ha ha, yeah, I did make it p [...]

  5. This book is a modern re telling of Hans Christian Anderson s classic tale Moon and Sparks are equivalent to Anderson s Gerda and Kai, who grow up together and are devoted to each other In the original tale, Kai is infected with a tiny piece of an evil troll mirror, which causes him to see only the bad and ugly in people In Vinge s version, Sparks gets left behind when Moon is chosen away to become a sibyl and he flounces off to the city of the Snow Queen to try his luck at becoming someone of i [...]

  6. Christmas 2010 I realised that I had got stuck in a rut I was re reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works Something had to be done.On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci Fi award That s 35 books, 6 of which I d previously read, leaving 29 titles by 14 authors who were new to me.While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became a fat [...]

  7. The Good This is science fiction painted with fairy tale themes The setting is very cool and full of good ideas, the details well conveyed through the various point of view characters.The Bad The story is slow and the characters are all slightly wooden The ending gets a bit Days of Our Lives Friends character the protagonist is most like Moon is very New Age but also heroic She is also the spitting image of another character in the story, which makes her most like Phoebe.

  8. I first read this book when I was somewhere from 15 17 This is not the book that the teen me remembers I am positive the teen me focused on the sex there is really not that much and the love story between Moon and Sparks The adult me has some major issues with the love story between Moon and Sparks As a matter of fact, as we get to the climax of the book, I might have said out loud at work in the break room, You have to be fucking kidding me and gagged Even the inner teen agreed with me But this [...]

  9. 4.5 stars The sheer imagination involved in this story is absolutely amazing I think I was about five minutes into it when I started frantically searching for the rest of the series The fascinating thing about it is that the world itself seemed very much like a fantasy world but this is most definitely a sci fi story It s not subtle about the space travel and other planets and FTLT stuff But it was this blend of sci fi and fantasy that made the story a bit of genius More than a bit.I m going to [...]

  10. Premiile Hugo i Locus, un cadru natural extrem de interesant, c teva idei la fel de interesante, o planet fascinant , c teva personaje interesante, ingredientele unui roman de succes, nu i a a Dar totu i ceva nu s a legat pentru mine, parc am tot a teptat s se nt mple ceva ie it din comun, s m ata ez de un personaj, s m prind povestea, dar degeaba, declicul nu s a produs i a trebuit s m t r sc cale de aproape 700 de pagini ca s o termin Mai multe, pe blogul FanSF wp pz4D9 2l6.

  11. There s to me, to the universe, than I suspected Room for all the dreams I ever had, and all the nightmares heroes in the gutters and in the mirror saints in frozen wasteland fools and liars on the throne of wisdom, and hands reaching out in hunger that will never be filled Anything becomes possible, after you find the courage to admit that nothing is certain.The Snow Queen is about change crashing against the bulwarks of stability It s about a heart freezing over and struggling to thaw It s a [...]

  12. This book has been on my shelves for decades I am glad that I finally got around to reading it This book was a strange mix of fascinating ideas and the banality of florid language It really is an odd mix I found the writing to be good and the characters were interesting and many of the concepts such as the sibyls and the Black Gate, and the construct of the Hegemony and the political intrigue to be fascinating and yet for me the sum of the parts were far larger than the book as a whole It was ju [...]

  13. Wow What an incredible read I am so glad I requested it via interlibrary loan One small problem in my copy, pages 375 406 were missing and replaced with pages 311 342, AAAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHH Whew Glad to get that out of my system Now, on to the book.This book was epic The world building, the characters, the political intrigue I just loved everything about it If this had been written these days, it would ve been optioned for film or TV I just fell into this book and became part of the world The worl [...]

  14. Hmm, I m not really sure what to think of this book I feel like I could have liked it, but it was just too much, and at the same time not enough It was long, but the events and scenes passed quickly, told from several perspectives There was tons of information, a lot of it seemingly pointless, and yet I still felt lost and like I didn t know the characters well Nor did I particularly care about them I also didn t like the world this was set in.Overall, it was too much work to read this with litt [...]

  15. I m torn between three and four stars on this one I greatly enjoyed most of the book, but it does take a long time to set all the events and characters in motion and then, because so much is going on, it takes longer than I d like to conclude On the other hand, after the action gets going and before it concludes the book becomes difficult to put down I decided it deserves four stars because not only was it a fun read but it is a really interesting read in the following ways 1 Without being overt [...]

  16. Originally posted at Fantasy Literature.The Snow Queen, published in 1980, is Joan Vinge s science fiction adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson s fairy tale of the same name In Vinge s version, Anderson s love story takes place on the planet Tiamat which is located near a black hole Tiamat is a convenient rest stop for interstellar travelers and they often go down to the planet for respite or trade, but Tiamat also has its own special commodity the Water of Life This youth preserving substance [...]

  17. My thoughts on this book are quite tangled On one hand I loved the sci fi elements of this book A world which is periodically reduced to a primitive state, controlled by the Hegemony for the purpose of harvesting it s most precious resource.On the other is the drama surrounding the Winter Queen, her Summer clone and their joint love.Honestly I would have enjoyed the book with far less of the latter and of the former The dramatical parts of the book really dragged for me The whole redemption of [...]

  18. This highly recommended science fiction classic is an evenly paced epic, populated with complex characters and taking place in a plethora of interesting environs It is a study in themes, from the straightforward themes of love and beauty, to the involved notions of change, integrity, corruption, forgiveness, and what it means to be connected to someone Although Joan D Vinge used Hans Christian Andersen s The Snow Queen as inspiration for this tale, the plot is packed with sci fi goodness, and [...]

  19. I came across this book when looking for fairy tale retelling books I recently have gotten into this genre and I did not know about this one I really enjoyed it, but it was a little confusing in the beginning but I got things straightened out by a third of the book Lots going on and a page turner for sure

  20. Citala sam je tjedan dana, pijuckajuci je i uzivajuci u predivnim recenicama, a morala sam smoci snagu da se otrgnem iz njenog zimskog zagrljaja jer sam se bojala napustiti taj fenomenalni svijet i likove koji su puno puta sutljivi kad bi trebali biti najglasniji Imala sam srece pa je i snjegic pao Prekrasno dijete SF a i Andersena

  21. Meh Within the first two or three dozen pages I was very strongly tempted to put this down and walk away NPR had just released their listener selected list of the best 100 of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and there s lots there I haven t read yet Vinge s The Snow Queen isn t on the list.What dragged me down at the very beginning was the overly lyrical style, unoriginal plot set up and banal characters of her young protagonists But I glanced at some reviews, realized it had won the Hugo Award, and [...]

  22. Nu stiu daca pana acum am avut ocazia sa va spun ca ador repovestirile moderne ale basmelor clasice De exemplu seria The Lunar Chronicles, care urmeaza sa fie publicata si la noi, este o repovestire a mai multor basme cunoscute de noi toti, inca din copilarie Cenusareasa, Scufita Rosie, Rapunzel si Alba ca Zapada.Romanul despre care am sa va vorbesc astazi este o repovestire cu elemente SF a minunatului basm Craiasa Zapezii de Hans Christian Andersen.Regina Zapeziilor este un SF extraordinar si, [...]

  23. Probably 3.5 Stars.Reading this classic science fiction novel than 35 years after it came out reveals that it still has the power to affect the reader.As some have mentioned the language is definitely flowery and the pace is slow It is probably 3 or 4 chapters too long.But that said, there s something compelling about the plot, which is intriguingly complex but simply banal at the same time There are two star crossed lovers Moon and Sparks, who grow up as cousins and pledge to share their lives [...]

  24. I really had a hard time with this one I was excited to read it, I generally love a new take on an old folktale, but geeeeeeeeesh some of these characters World building greatmagic system greatcharacters omg I was annoyed by everyone ughI made myself finish, and Im glad I did, but I dont want to see these people any Part of the problem was also a lot of exposition.

  25. this is a much much later note just read the fairy tale again, looking for parallels, finding aspects that might be common in most such heroines immediate emotional rapport with furry critters, talking crows, royalty, etc in this book there is or less the same thing, in her native psychic sensitivity, perhaps increased by her role as Sybil and when we find out what that means some parts really liked, like the battles in the hall of winds, like the blind mask maker at work not too many character [...]

  26. A primitive planet with a long year is supported by off world Technology brought in by transmission via Black Hole in its long winter, at the end of which the Winter Queen will be supplanted by the Summer Queen and the offworlders will leave The Winter Queen plots to renew her reign via cloning in summer The fact that this novel s power as a Planetary Romance rested in generic dexterity than in conceptual strength may help explain why, after such a strong beginning, Vinge has not, despite expec [...]

  27. This Science Fantasy novel follows the plot line of Andersen s fairy tale The Snow Queen, with main characters Moon as Gerda, Sparks as Kai, and Arienrhod as the eponymous protagonist All of those characters stay a bit flat, I wasn t able to really connect to them Characters names sound a bit silly first, but they fit their Summer savage cultural background and contrast Winters and otherworlders names.Beside Andersen s story, the novel steers toward one very important recurring point of history, [...]

  28. I started this book unsure of what to expect and finished pretty impressed The Snow Queen is an engaging saga, full of provoking ideas and social and human commentary It is also a wonderful crossroads where folk lore and hard science fiction meet Can one culture s mythology be explained away by another culture s science Is it possible for science and folklore to coexist The book centers on Moon and Spark, cousins born in a small fishing community on a small world, Tiamat Tiamat is about to trans [...]

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