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CDRBill
CDRBill rated it 3 years ago
The central character in this book is the planet Helliconia. The story shows how the primitive civilizations and flora and fauna are influenced by planetary forces with seasons that last thousands of years. Readers must keep in mind that this book is the start of a trilogy or they will not like the ...
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XLeptodactylous rated it 6 years ago
This was written in the style of a Norwich Saga: very little flow and weird sentence structures that day things like "one day this happened" and "after a few days Yuli said this". There was very little dialogue and what there was was just info dumping. Speaking of info dumping, the first couple of c...
The Deckled Edge
The Deckled Edge rated it 12 years ago
Helliconia is world-building on a scale rarely seen in speculative fiction. Aldiss took the concept of a planet with two stars, a lop-sided orbit and built down from there. Those looking for epic battles or character-driven plot will be disappointed as the focus of this trilogy is at the higher an...
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Manny Rayner's book reviews rated it 42 years ago
The idea is nice - supposing a year was a thousand times as long? But I found the book a bit too slow, and got bored. I finished it, but never read Summer and Winter.
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