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Here is the ranking of the best products for the Pinions category :

Pinion: Book One (Jacob's Ladder Sequence): it is the most purchased, earned an average review of 4,1 with 87 reviews

Pinion island: silver medal for this product

Pinion (Clockwork Earth Book 3): third position for this product, with a average review from users 4,1 with 12 reviews

Pinion: Book One (Jacob's Ladder Sequence)...

Bestseller No. 1
Pinion: Book One (Jacob's Ladder Sequence)
87 Reviews
Pinion: Book One (Jacob's Ladder Sequence)
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Bear, Elizabeth (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 370 Pages - 03/26/2015 (Publication Date) - Gateway (Publisher)

Reviews

Great book
Riveting, imagine, in-depth and fleshed out female characters. Not your standard sci-fi fare, but extremely conversant with existing sci-fi. Recommend!
Interesting generation ship tale - more to come...
Set on a decaying spaceship, where the inhabitants have only a partial understanding of who they are and where they are, this is an intriguing start to an SF series. Elizabeth Bear combines both SF and fantasy elements, in that the ship's denizens live in an apparently feudal society, where hi-tech often masquerades as the archaic. In this I think she is more succesful than in Iron and Blood. This also reminded me of C J Cherryh - especially as the protagonists and reader are left to surmise the back story - and this makes the book more intriguing. Why was the generation ship sent from Earth? Why did it fail? What was their intended destination etc... Very enjoyable.
Incredible. Awesome. Superlative.
Richly imagined, poetic science fiction that doesn't stop giving. A real masterwork that infuses space opera with the richness of myth. Best thing I've read in ages.

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Pinion (Clockwork Earth Book 3)

Bestseller No. 3
Pinion (Clockwork Earth Book 3)
12 Reviews
Pinion (Clockwork Earth Book 3)
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Lake, Jay (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 352 Pages - 03/26/2010 (Publication Date) - Tor Books (Publisher)

Reviews

Pleased with my purchase.
Great story - book was in good shape.
A tale from the age of Jules Verne...
This is the concluding volume of a trilogy sent in a very strange world. The solar system is a giant 'device', that runs on clockwork to keep the Earth and other bodies in their 'orbits'. The Northern and Southern hemispheres are very different. The North contains two warring mega-empires, the Brtish Empire and Imperial China. They fight on land and sea and in the air using steam-powered vessels and firearms. The overt conflict between these powers masks a deeper conflict between two secret societies who use both Powers. There is a wall between the hemispheres which is all but impenetrable. In this wall live the Brass, mechanical beings, one of whom was the 'Brass Christ'. In this book we see the Southern hemisphere for the first time, separated from the Northern one by a gigantic brass 'gear' which keeps everything moving. The British try to drill though it, the Chinese try to find a way over it but both fail. In the South live tribes more interested in magic than science. Hethor, from the first book is living in the South and he meets Paolina, the 'sorceress' from the second book. She can manipulate reality through a 'gleam', rather like a slide rule, which seems to follow 'scientific principles' (an equal reaction for every action) when she uses it to manipulate the reality of the clockwork universe. She has already used it to kill and is loath to continue killing with it, which makes some scenes much more tense than they otherwise would be. All the various sub plots set in this book and the previous ones converge on narrative tracks to a common end point in space and time. Queen Victoria wishes to die as she is being kept alive in a fluid-filled tank. Her man Kitchens is driven mad by his promise to her to end her misery. Childress from Boston and the Chinese scholar Wang, both librarians, both pretending to be members of the two secret societies, cross paths en route to a fateful meeting. Paolina journeys over the Wall in her hunt for the 'Brass Man' Boaz, whom she loves, and she is accompanied by Gashansunu, a Southern witch-woman. Boaz is also trying to find her, his journeying given a Biblical commentary which only he can hear, whispered to him via a lost 'Seal of Solomon' which he carries. This trilogy is a descendent of those creaky late 19th century adventure stories which used daft technology (like giant guns) to get people to the Moon or had explorers stumble upon lost civilisations hidden underground. Rather than good against evil, the plot driver here is correcting imbalances between the various structural conflicts. The final image is that of Paolina and Boaz on the Wall, with Boaz literally transformed by her love. This is a victory for romance, not virtuous force of arms, a restoration of balance rather than a removal of evil. Finally, the images in this trilogy are breath taking and a film of this book would be a fitting challenge for the full barrage of CGI trickery to realise this monster clockwork reality.
As Above; So Below
This is a wonderfully complex conclusion to what I refer to as the Clockwork Earth series. What I liked most about this novel is how the major changes occuring in the clockwork setting are mirrored in minds of Paulina and Boaz. What is depicted is the coming together of faith and reason and also the incorperation of free- will into a previously deterministic reality. And also, there is a wonderful metaphor of the "Golden Bridge," being like the connection between the right and left hemisphere of the brain; with the right being the Southern Earth and the left being the Northern Earth. There is also a strong suggestion of pantheism with the Mind of God being divided between the Silent World of the Southern Earth and the Judeo-Christion God of the Northern Earth. I especially liked Boaz, who reminds me of Star-trek's Data. I was fascinated by this clockwork automaton's mental transformation from machine to human, which closely reflects the Clock-work Earth's transformation to a more free-willed and blended state. This, in my mind, makes this series similar in theme to the Veil trilogy by Christopher Golden. In that series, there is also a few characters whose transformations parallel the transformation of the setting; and the coming together of magic and reason. The book's characters and setting was so good that I was disappionted when it was over.

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