Teaser Tuesday – 3rd May 2016

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This is my choice of the day:
Central Station – by Lavie Tidhar
42%: Motl could no longer recall what the war had been about, or who they were fighting, exactly. The other side had semi-sentient fliers, they were predatory things that came from the sky, silently, that had talons that could tear through armour. Jubjub birds.

centralstationBLURB: A worldwide diaspora has left a quarter of a million people at the foot of a space station. Cultures collide in real life and virtual reality. The city is literally a weed, its growth left unchecked. Life is cheap, and data is cheaper.

When Boris Chong returns to Tel Aviv from Mars, much has changed. Boris’s ex-lover is raising a strangely familiar child who can tap into the datastream of a mind with the touch of a finger. His cousin is infatuated with a robotnik—a damaged cyborg soldier who might as well be begging for parts. His father is terminally-ill with a multigenerational mind-plague. And a hunted data-vampire has followed Boris to where she is forbidden to return.

Rising above them is Central Station, the interplanetary hub between all things: the constantly shifting Tel Aviv; a powerful virtual arena, and the space colonies where humanity has gone to escape the ravages of poverty and war. Everything is connected by the Others, powerful alien entities who, through the Conversation—a shifting, flowing stream of consciousness—are just the beginning of irrevocable change. At Central Station, humans and machines continue to adapt, thrive…and evolve.

This densely written, hard sci fi tale is a slice of daily life with a cast of characters who are all extraordinary and currently impossible. It takes a lot of skill, attention to detail and writing chops to be able to weave such beings into an engrossing story without lots of tedious info-dumping and Tidhar seems to have managed it. I’m really enjoying this one – it’s now a question of how the story progesses…

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18 responses »

  1. I wouldn’t recommend this one for someone who is wanting to start out in this genre. But there are far less techno-heavy, more accessible science fiction that anyone who regularly reads urban fantasy would find really straightforward.

  2. This sounds like a really interesting sci-fi! It would be an amazing experience to live in a space colony. It seems like there is a lot more than just relocation happening in this novel, though! I hope that you are enjoying it! 🙂

    • I am, though I haven’t yet finished it and there are several pov characters, all going off in different directions, so it will all depend on how effective the finale is as to how I finally view this book. But you’re right. The world is beautifully conveyed and brimming with really unusual, altered beings that I still care about – a feat in itself.

    • Thank you for sharing – I hadn’t come across this one. I’ll check with my other half – and it looks like we’ll need to download The Night Manager, as I hadn’t realised it was based on a le Carrer book…

    • I LOVED your choice and am about to track down The Book of Ruth. I would just say if you are minded to try some sci fi and haven’t done so before – I’m not sure Tidhar is the place to start. He’s a brilliant writer, but it is very crammed with ideas and concepts that can be a tad indigestible if you are not used to the genre.

  3. Great choice – I’ve been hearing lots about this one, it seems to have that blogger buzz feel, plus it’s really encouraging to see that you’re enjoying it.
    Lynn 😀

  4. Oooooh this definitely sounds like something I’d love. And yes that cover is gorgeous – I can just see it in a lovely fabric hardback with a beautiful embossed image! 😀

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