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The Resource Crystal rain, Tobias S. Buckell

Crystal rain, Tobias S. Buckell

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Crystal rain
Title
Crystal rain
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Tobias S. Buckell
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Subject
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Language
eng
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Review
  • John DeBrun lives, mostly peacefully, on Nanagada with his wife, Shanta, and son, Jerome, troubled only by the fact that he remembers nothing of his past. War is brewing, however, with the Azteca preparing to finally cross the Wicked High Mountains in search of new sacrifices for their gods, the teotl. As the mongoose-men, defenders of Nanagada, struggle to hold out, John discovers that what he has forgotten may hold the secret to saving Nanagada. Pepper, clearly one of the mysterious old-fathers--wonder-workers from a distant planet who fought a war that left the land devastated and deprived of functional metal technology--claims to have known John long ago. Haidan, leader of the mongoose-men, and Dihana, prime minister of Capitol City, coerce John into leading an expedition to find Ma Wi Jung, which, according to the Loa--godlike beings who interfere with human affairs--is their only hope for defeating the Azteca. Buckell's first novel conjures a vividly imagined world, spiced with intrigue and adventure that unfolds at a breakneck pace. -- Regina Schroeder (Reviewed 02-01-2006) (Booklist, vol 102, number 11, p37)
  • John deBrun, an amnesia victim with a hook instead of a left hand, must save his adopted society on the planet Nanaganda by recovering a lost technological artifact, the Ma Wi Jung , in Buckell's at times overly violent but enjoyable SF debut. John, living happily with his wife and son, has suppressed the memories of everything before his rescue from a watery grave 27 years earlier. When one group of native humans along with alien beings invade John's town, he winds up captured by the planet's other human society, the Azteca, whose culture is based on ritual sacrifice. Ruled by bloodthirsty, genetically engineered aliens called the Teotl, the Azteca have tunneled through the mountain range that separates the two human societies. Only the heroic efforts of John and acquaintances from his murky past can stop the ruthless Azteca. For a first-timer, Buckell handles his interlocking narratives well and his characters retain their humanity (even the slightly alien ones). Unusual for the genre, the many victims of torture and death are evenly divided between males and females. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed January 2, 2006) (Publishers Weekly, vol 253, issue 1, p39)
  • /* Starred Review */ Since their legendary arrival on Nanagada through a wormhole in the sky, the people have forged a peaceful existence for themselves, although they have forgotten the ancient knowledge of their elders. John deBrun, a castaway who washed up onto Nanagada's shore nearly three decades ago, has no memory of his past with the exception of some odd pieces of information—including the key to operating a powerful artifact hidden in the planet's frozen north. When Azteca warriors cross the High Wicked Mountains to raid for captives to sacrifice to their gods, deBrun offers the only hope for saving his adopted people. Caribbean-born Buckell's debut captures the flavor of Afro-Caribbean culture in the lilting dialog of his characters and in their customs. An original tale with distinctive characters and a fresh approach to worldbuilding, this sf quest belongs in most libraries. Buckell was a first-place winner of the 1999 Writers of the Future contest and was nominated in 2002 for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. --Jackie Cassada (Reviewed January 15, 2006) (Library Journal, vol 131, issue 1, p104)
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142364
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Buckell, Tobias S
Dewey number
813/.54
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Index
no index present
Interest level
UG
LC call number
PS3602.U2635
LC item number
C79 2006
Literary form
fiction
Reading level
4.6
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True
Series statement
Xenowealth novels
Series volume
0001
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Accelerated Reader AR
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  • People with amnesia
  • Men with disabilities
  • Quests
  • Violence
  • Families
  • Aliens (Humanoid)
  • Human/alien encounters
  • Human sacrifice
  • Genetic engineering
  • Torture
  • Murder
  • Secrets
  • Gods and goddesses
  • Culture conflict
  • Technology and civilization
  • Imaginary wars and battles
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Crystal rain, Tobias S. Buckell
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"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
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Control code
592037
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
351 pages
Isbn
9780765312273
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2005016722
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unmediated
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Label
Crystal rain, Tobias S. Buckell
Publication
Note
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
592037
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
351 pages
Isbn
9780765312273
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2005016722
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780765312273
Other physical details
map
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780765312273

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