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House of Reeds (Tor Science Fiction) (utgåvan 2005)

av Thomas Harlan

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In five short centuries, the mighty Empire of the Mexica, descendants of the ancient Aztecs allied with Imperial Japan, has spread out to conquer the Earth, left the homeworld, and set its sights on the stars. But the universe is a dangerous place, filled with hidden powers and the relics of ancient civilizations. The Mexica are only the latest of the great Imperial powers to reach for the stars. But that doesn't stop Imperial Mexica from claiming control. Xenoarcheologist Gretchen Anderssen had hoped to enjoy her well-earned vacation. She hadn't seen her home-world or her children for many months. But the Company has other plans for her - when she checks in for her transport, she finds new orders for her team. It looks like only a small diversion - a quick trip to the Planet Jagen, to investigate reports of a possible First Sun artifact. She doesn't have to run an excavation, or even gain possession of the artifact. Just file a report. But it smells bad, says Gretchen's Hesht companion, Magdalena. David Parker, the Company pilot assigned to Anderssen's analysis team agrees. And they are so right. Gretchen, Magdalena, and Parker find themselves in very dangerous territory indeed. Because, unbeknownst to anyone at the Company, the Imperial Mexican Priesthood has decided to wage a war on Jagan - a war not of conquest or defense, but a "flowery war," planned and fomented for the purpose of blooding the Emperor's youngest son. Gretchen and her team are headed right into the middle of the battle. It may be a War of Flowers, but many people will die, and blood will flow in the streets.… (mer)
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Titel:House of Reeds (Tor Science Fiction)
Författare:Thomas Harlan
Info:Tor Books (2005), Mass Market Paperback, 544 pages
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The House of Reeds is the sequel to Wasteland of Flint, a book I thought very highly of and gave five stars to in this review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1629807253?book_show_action=false.

In this current book, xenoarcheologist Gretchen Anderssen and her team return and are sent to the planet Jagen – just to file a report, for big money, which must mean something bad. Also, in this book, we find Imperial cruiser, the Henry R. Cornuelle, has been sent to the same location (Jagen), again captained by Captain Hadeishi Mitsuharu of the Imperial Méxica Navy. Why?

On the planet Jagan, there are unusual aliens who have some definite ideas about humans and self-rule and a few other things and there are some with a few scores to settle. And it just may happen that there may be some others out there who are stirring up a hornet’s nest, unbeknownst to Anderssen or Hadeishi or any of a number of other Imperials who are about to be impacted.

In this novel, the Emperor’s youngest son, a foppish screw up if I’ve ever seen one, and one I desperately kept hoping would grow the hell up, is sent to this planet with a few bodyguards to either take credit for putting down a major uprising, ideally with holos of him in blood spattered battle armor and weapons standing over dead enemy bodies, or dying heroically in battle. It’s a win either way for the Emperor. Of course, only certain people know this, obviously none of the aforementioned people. But as soon as he sets foot on the planet, the dandy creates a nightmare for everyone around him and gets himself into impossible situations so that you feel so.very.sorry for his bodyguards.

Gretchen befriends an alien in a hostile alien city and finds a First Sun relic, what they’ve been after, and gains immense knowledge and power, without anyone really finding out, but has to escape with the help of this alien and as the planet explodes around them, the bulk of the book takes place with everyone trying to escape to other places, looking for safety, even with Mitsuharu and his crew trying to get to and from and to the ship again, even though it has been violently attacked and partially destroyed.

The book is almost as good as its predecessor, but I’ve got to knock it down a notch from five stars to four for one major reason: it’s too damn complicated! That’s not to say I’m a complete dumbass. I don’t think I am. I’m not one of the smartest, I know, but I’ve got a fairly decent IQ and I read a lot (95 books by mid-July this year) and I usually understand most books (having read Sartre’s Being and Nothingness, which was one of the hardest ever), but this book is ridiculous. First, there are way too many characters to keep track of. So many, that it’s almost as bad as a David Weber novel, which is saying something. But at least Weber puts a list of his characters at the end of his books so you can look them up. This just leaves you hanging, wondering who the hell they are. More importantly, as you jump from chapter to chapter, from passage to passage within chapters, you just start to get confused, because there are so many different scenes taking place in so many different locations at once, that you’re just lost, at least I was until the very end of the novel. It took me forever to catch up and figure out who was where, when, and at what point. Call me dumb, but I thought it was needlessly difficult. I’ve read harder, but those books have been what I view as intentionally intellectually more difficult and more stimulating. This book is simply supposed to be an intriguing, entertaining, action/adventure/mystery within a sci fi genre without making you bang your head against the wall five times. At least, that was my expectation.

Anyway, I mostly enjoyed it, frustrations aside. I think it’s a good series. Ambitious at times, but good. An interesting story. It’ll be interesting to see what Harlan does with the third book. Four stars for what could and should have been a five star book. Recommended. ( )
  scottcholstad | Jul 13, 2016 |
This book didn't hold my attention as much as the first story in the trilogy, but it did an excellent job of expanding the universe of the Imperial Mexica, along with showing just how dangerous the very old civilizations that came before can be.

I took me awhile to read this book, mostly because the story had a lot more characters in it (including a spoiled prince). This changing viewpoint was very distracting. Regardless, its a well written book, a bit dense at times, but a good read. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | May 2, 2014 |
This is the second book in Harlan's action SF trilogy set in an alternate future where an Aztec-Japanese alliance repulsed the European invasions and the Mexica eventually rose to world domination. (The first is [b:Wasteland of Flint|22557|Wasteland of Flint|Thomas Harlan|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1167351442s/22557.jpg|23575].) The books are set in a standard human-led interstellar empire based on Old Earth, but the Aztec pre-history allows for some unexpected plot elements. One of those is the basis for this book: in order to blood the sons of the Mexica nobility in combat, a secretive order of priests engineers brushfire wars on alien worlds. One of these Flower Wars gets complicated by the appearance of several unplanned antagonists, including a mysterious shape-shifting alien. One of the cool things about Harlan's setting is the way he mixes occult psychic/religious elements from the neo-Aztec mythos with flashy high-tech SF toys. It's like [a:Dan Brown|630|Dan Brown|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1206553442p2/630.jpg] and [a:Alastair Reynolds|51204|Alastair Reynolds|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1244781695p2/51204.jpg] smashed together, with a dose of [a:William Gibson|306|William Golding|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1198342496p2/306.jpg]'s Japanophilia tossed in. Really, there's something here for pretty much everyone.The book starts off a little slow, with a great deal of exposition to get all the characters, politics, and resources in place. But this careful stage setting pays off when all the pieces start smashing about in an incredibly satisfying way. Near the end of the book, there's a scene where three factions engage in a pitched battle on a runaway train. This Old West/Mission: Impossible set piece literally had me holding my breath; it's one of the best pieces of action writing I've ever read. It turns out that adding aliens, flechette guns and orbital fire support to a [a:Robert Ludlum|5293|Robert Ludlum|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1208465267p2/5293.jpg]-esque thriller makes it even more awesome.The third book in the series is [b:Land of the Dead|154544|Wonder Woman Land of the Dead|Greg Rucka|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1237839217s/154544.jpg|149165]. ( )
1 rösta ben_h | Apr 6, 2011 |
The sequel to Wasteland of Flint, our Xenoarcheologist can't escape the Smoking Mirror as she unravels another elder mystery. Except now, one of the mysteries are not quite comfortably dead. I couldn't put this book down! ( )
  Caragen87 | Dec 29, 2008 |
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In five short centuries, the mighty Empire of the Mexica, descendants of the ancient Aztecs allied with Imperial Japan, has spread out to conquer the Earth, left the homeworld, and set its sights on the stars. But the universe is a dangerous place, filled with hidden powers and the relics of ancient civilizations. The Mexica are only the latest of the great Imperial powers to reach for the stars. But that doesn't stop Imperial Mexica from claiming control. Xenoarcheologist Gretchen Anderssen had hoped to enjoy her well-earned vacation. She hadn't seen her home-world or her children for many months. But the Company has other plans for her - when she checks in for her transport, she finds new orders for her team. It looks like only a small diversion - a quick trip to the Planet Jagen, to investigate reports of a possible First Sun artifact. She doesn't have to run an excavation, or even gain possession of the artifact. Just file a report. But it smells bad, says Gretchen's Hesht companion, Magdalena. David Parker, the Company pilot assigned to Anderssen's analysis team agrees. And they are so right. Gretchen, Magdalena, and Parker find themselves in very dangerous territory indeed. Because, unbeknownst to anyone at the Company, the Imperial Mexican Priesthood has decided to wage a war on Jagan - a war not of conquest or defense, but a "flowery war," planned and fomented for the purpose of blooding the Emperor's youngest son. Gretchen and her team are headed right into the middle of the battle. It may be a War of Flowers, but many people will die, and blood will flow in the streets.

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