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Author of The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, one of the most acclaimed fantasy series of all time, master storyteller Stephen R Donaldson retums with the second book in his long awaited new science fiction series a story about dark passions, perilous alliances, and dubious heroism set in a stunningly imagined future.Beautiful, brilliant, and dangerous, Morn Hyland is an ex police officer for the United Mining Companies and the target of two ruthless, powerful men.One is the charismatic ore pirate Nick Succorso, who sees Morn as booty wrested from his vicious rival, Angus Thermopyle.thermopyle once made the mistake of underestimating Morn and now he s about to pay the ultimate price.Both men think they can possess her, but Morn is no one s trophy and no one s pawn.Meanwhile, withing the borders of Forbidden Space, wait the Amnioin, an alien race capable of horrific atrocities.The Amnion want something unspeakable from humanity and they will go to unthinkable lengths to get it.In Forbidden Knowledge, Stephen R Donaldson spins a galaxy wide web of intrigue, deception, and betrayal that tightens with inexorable strength around characters and readers alike.From the Paperback edition....

Title : Forbidden Knowledge: The Gap Into Vision (The Gap Cycle)
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Format Type : Paperback
Language : Englisch
Publisher : Spectra 9 Juli 2010
Number of Pages : 285 Pages
File Size : 577 KB
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Forbidden Knowledge: The Gap Into Vision (The Gap Cycle) Reviews

  • Miezekatze
    2019-02-28 19:49

    "The Real Story" ist eine belanglose, stellenweise unrunde Science-Fiction-Novelle. Der Autor selbst sagt, dass er mit dieser Geschichte lange nicht zufrieden war und immer wieder an ihr rumgefeilt hat. Aber dann hat der Autor aus den Fragen, die er selbst an seine Geschichte hatte, die Gap Series entwickelt - nämlich, welche Bedeutung haben denn die Ereignisse in der Novelle und was ist ihr wirtschaftlich-politischen Rahmen? Es sollte den Leser schon nachdenklich stimmen, wenn selbst der Autor bei den Fundamenten seiner eigenen Geschichte ratlos ist und Tausende von Seiten hinterherschicken muss, um seiner "Real Story" eine Existenzberechtigung zu geben.Um der Leere seiner Geschichte doch noch sowas wie Substanz über vier weitere Bände hinweg zu verleihen, hat Donaldson sich ausgerechnet den Walkürenreiter Wagner samt Götterdämmerung zum literarischen Vorbild genommen - Donaldsons eigene Schaffenskraft war hier wohl am Ende. Wie gut, dass er die Anleihen bei Wagner im Nachwort zum letzten Band in aller Breite ausnudelt, denn damit werden die wild wallenden Wogen der Handlung in ihrer hanebüchernen Konstruiertheit nachvollziehbar. Trotz (oder gerade wegen) der Anleihen aus der Götterdämmerung zeigt sich, dass das seichte Mittelmaß des ersten Bandes der Gap Series nicht etwa weiteres Mittelmaß in den Folgebänden gebiert, sondern dort sogar noch so katastrophale Abstürze und Fehlgriffe hervorbringt, wie man sie einem Schöpfer von so genialen Werken wie den Chroniken des Thomas Covenant und Mordant's Need gar nicht zugetraut hätte. Vor Grausamkeiten schreckt Donaldson auch in seinen Fantasy-Romanen nicht zurück, aber auf das Niveau der hier vorhandenen Geschmacklosigkeiten hat er sich dort nie begeben. Auch kommt in der Gap Series eine dermaßen erschreckende Misogynie zum Ausdruck, dass es einem beim Lesen übel werden kann.Stephen Donaldson sieht sich als Sci-Fi-Autor, der zum Fantasy-Schreiben wie die Jungfrau zum Kind kam. Ganz offensichtlich war das das Glücklichste, was ihm und seinen Lesern passieren konnte, und man wünscht sich, dass Donaldson in Zukunft die Finger von Sci-Fi lässt.Fazit zur Gap-Series: Eine Totgeburt, schade dass man nicht null Sterne vergeben kann.

  • None
    2019-03-15 16:51

    To be fair, I didn't finish the book. The last I saw of it (ca. 1993), it was on fire and heading into a South Carolina bayou out the Amtrak train window beside my seat, as I recited the 23rd psalm and genuflected, in hopes that it had neither devoured my mortal soul nor remembered my home address. This was definitely not a book that I wanted to have find me again. I was very disappointed in this set of books, as I thought the Thomas Covenant series (also by Donaldson) was top-notch, and the Mirror of Her Dreams series was excellent as well. Mr Covenant would better serve his readers if he didn't feel obligated to beat the living crap out of each and every one of his lead characters (both physically and psychologically) before allowing them to take action. Watching yet one more character be ceaselessly tortured was just too much for me. I had a lighter, a shot of brandy, and the conductor wasn't looking. I siezed the opportunity. It's a shame Morn Hyland didn't do the same. I highly recommend the Thomas Covenant series by the same author, particularly the first three books. Hile Troy -- now that's a character I can work with!

  • None
    2019-03-05 15:35

    My, how big and unfriendly the universe seems! Of course, all events are out of the main characters' control. As you read the Gap Cycle note, as in Wagner's operas, the authors use of the "leitmotif" to describe a complex emotional jumble in only a few words (i.e., "the crib"). For those of you who have read this book, you *know* what "the crib" means. And you have a taste for what it feels like, don't you? Masterful. On a couple of side notes: Holt Fasner is *sick*, and Hashi Lebwohl is the best! Note how powerful Warden Dios is here compared to later novels as the main characters, especially Angus, grow in power. For true Donaldson fans, begin to note commons themes from Covenant such as Despite (the love of other's misery and self-hate) equalling one form of power. How different are Holt Fasner and Lord Foul anyway? For that matter, how different are Despite and "the Dark Side"? Anyway, great second book.

  • Loren Rosson III
    2019-02-25 15:32

    After a rather stale prelude ("The Real Story"), Donaldson begins to unpack his complex saga. Morn, "rescued" by Nick from the clutches of Angus, soon learns that he is just as bad as her previous captor. Paiting a broad brush, one might say that "The Real Story" was about Morn being ravished by Angus, while "Forbidden Knowledge" tells of her violations at the hands of Nick. But this novel (like the three which follow) has all the dimensions of a well-developed epic sorely lacking in the first book. Behind the bombardments of rape, sadism, loathing, and mean-spiritedness we catch hints of a serious and intricate plot. Nick, though a criminal, apparently does occasional jobs for UMCP's Data Acquisitions division (the "CIA" equivalent of the United Mining Companies Police), but he has also had shady dealings with the Amnion, the alien species which has long labored for humanity's extinction. Nick takes Morn and his crew to the fringes of Amnion territory, where he incurs the wrath of his alien "cohorts" through reckless behavior. Meanwhile, Angus has been abducted by Data Acquisitions Director Hashi Lebwohl, who begins overseeing his illegal transformation into a cyborg for a special classified mission. As the DA officials construct Angus into a superhuman (but less than human) tool, you can't help but feel sorry as you watch his soul being stripped away. Key character: Warden Dios. You only get a taste of him in this book, but watch his crucial role unfold in the next volume, "A Dark and Hungry God Arises".