Chasm City (2001) Mini-Review

Tanner Mirabel is a security specialist bent on revenge. In the chase of his prey, his travels take him to the plague-ridden Chasm City where things are no longer as they used to be. As his journey winds down, flashes of memories begin to haunt him.

Chasm City is nothing less than steam-punk sci-fi. That is, while set in a high tech future, Chasm City has reverted to using steam-driven machines and archaic tools to power their various devices. That is a feat, and part of why this is a very readable book. Add to that some very modern and “up-to-date” sci-fi and some delicious twists and turns and you have a very good book.

Chasm City is a pseudo-sequel to Revelation Space and Absolution Gap — set in the same universe but with different main characters.

8 thoughts on “Chasm City (2001) Mini-Review”

  1. The melding plague. Tell them about the melding plague!

    1. Joen says:

      Wow you have read just about everything, haven’t you?

      Oh yes, the plague that makes it possible to write a steam-punk sci-fi novel in the first place. Well worth reading the book just to find out what it is.

      So I’ll not spoil it here 🙂

  2. Joen: Wow you have read just about everything, haven’t you?

    No, you just happen to have read, in succession, the books I have read 😀 — And I didn’t actually finish Chasm City, I must admit. I really didn’t like Revelation Space, and tried reading Chasm City instead, but got bogged down a few hundred pages in. So it’s still ‘in-progress’ (I should update my progress on Readernaut…).

    Pretty awesome action scenes in the beginning though.

    1. Joen says:

      Michael Heilemann: Pretty awesome action scenes in the beginning though.

      Very awesome indeed.

      But seriously, you should finish it. There are some really Shyamalan-esque twists and turns that are really awesome. Give it a shot.

  3. Anders says:

    Loved Chasm City to pieces and I indeed did all the Revelation Space books. I never get why people say it’s separate from the other three books, because it has a pretty important overlap (with that odd being) with the remaining books.

    I find his latest book, House of Suns, to be the very best of them all. I literally felt a calling in how to live my hopefully eternal life to come.

    1. Joen says:

      House of Suns, is that part of the Revelation Space ‘verse?

      Will have to add it to the queue then.

    2. Anders says:

      Joen: House of Suns, is that part of the Revelation Space ‘verse?

      Nopes, it’s in it’s own “new” universe. Yes, you definetely need to add to your queue.

      And, btw, now that we’re talking British sci-fi authors Iain M. Banks “Culture” novels are the absolutely rocks. You have to add all of them too 😀

    3. Joen says:

      My cousin is also a proponent of Ian M. Banks, but as of right now my queue is rather long:

      • Ringworlds Children (Larry Niven, tho I do not expect much of this)
      • Destination Void (Frank Herbert)
      • Absolution Gap (Reynolds)
      • Redemption Arl (Reynolds)
      • The Prefect (Reynolds)
      • The Light of Other Days (Clarke)
      • Legacy (Greg Bear)
      • Eternity (Greg Bear)
      • Pandoras Star / Judas Unchained (Peter Hamilton)
      • Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars

      Most of those are brick sized. I miss the Rendezvous with Rama days.

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