[Pdf/E–book] The Rig author Roger Levy


Girl in the Blue Coat gOriginally published at RisingshadowRoger Levy s The Rig is one of the finest British science fiction novels ever published This outstanding novel is way above average science fiction because the storyradually develops from an intriguing premise into a fascinating tale filled with complexity weirdness and thought provoking elements that make readers hold their breath in wonder This novel was very much to my liking because it s boldly different and wholly originalTo be honest this novel is truly impressive due to it being unlike any other modern science fiction novels It s a satisfyingly complex exploration of humanity immortality religion culture and social media from an insightful and slightly twisted perspective It s a tour de force of powerful and immersiv I m Hunter Kiss grateful to Titan for an advance copy of this bookHow to sum up The Rig The Godfather in space but tricksy A SPACE noir The apotheosis of social mediaNone of those are uite right but they all have a bit of truthIn the future Earth is abandoned to ecological catastrophe and humanity has migrated to the System to live on terraformed worlds It s a hard life one of those planets is simply called Bleak and it lives up to that and a short one fifty being aood age Contradicting shiny expectations of the future disease hasn t been conuered several of the characters here suffer form incurable cancer and corruption is widespread Star Trek this isn tBut with things so hard and religion Doctor Sleep godderyenerally disdained people need something to believe in and this role is taken by AfterLife a system of preserving the near dead in stasis until their condition is curable Memories are harvested first and when cures are found public votes based on the lives of the preserved determine who will receive themAgainst this background two very different boys meet on the sole remaining religious planet Gehenna a place of harshly fundamentalist beliefs Actually there is another referred to as the unsaid planet a place so fiercely protective of its secrets that even to mention it risks death Pellonhorc is cruel mercurial and obsessive Alef has difficulty empathising and thinks in numbers I sense the author has autism in mind but he doesn t say so They seem an odd pairing but forced together by events Karma's A Sexy Bitch: Choose Your Own Erotic Fantasy Adventure go on to be friends of a sort and as the book s blurb says to remake the System Certainly their relationship is at the centre of this book It s complex incomplete and at times baffling but drives both menThe book follows Alef s life forwards through SigEvs significant events which are supposed to be what the voter will use to decide whether a subject is to be cured or left in suspended animation At the same time we see a separate story unfold told from various points of view in the hardscrabble town of Lookout on the planet Bleak The main characters here are a policeman Bale a journalist writer Razer and an engineer TallenBale has been suspended from duty after joining the pursuit of a serial killer while off duty and while drunk Razor has been sent by her AI Cynth to record Bale s TruTale And Tallen well Tallen wakes up one day in hospital and is never the same againThis part of the story is twisty and with itsrim streets hard bitten cops and air of sleaze and corruption supplies the nourish tinge to the book as Bale and then Razer attempt to work our what s been Mythological Beasts Turned Me Gay: Three Book Collection: (Mythology Erotica) going on Some kind of cover up seemingly but of what And why Whatever it is it s worth killing for and everyone whoets near it seems to be in *danger There s a real atmosphere of menave here and a distinct sense that nothing is what it seems trust *There s a real atmosphere of menave here and a distinct sense that nothing is what it seems trust not even yourselfIt s a violent book with plenty of death Some of this is foreseen all that disease or foreseeable This All Encompassing Trip: Chasing Pearl Jam Around The World given all thatangsterism some of it comes out of the blue despite the efforts of the Lookout policy There s no saying who will be next and doubly so once the two parts of the story emerges which only happens slowly Indeed it s not till the last hundred pages or so that it all really begins to fit together If you love a slowly unfolding satisfying mystery then you ll enjoy this likewise if you re a fan of convincing well thought out world building On the evidence of this book Levy excels in creating beautiful and believable worlds and it helps that this is a longish book so he can take his time to build up the atmosphere it helps that this is a longish book so he can take his time to build up the atmosphere of the seedy town with its dives and pre fab housing the underground racetracks through which hurricane winds blow or the heaving seas containing the rigs which are the key to Bleak s economy He warps language itself to indicate the alienness of the System even if it is peopled by humans so we have as well as doddery putter and screenery and a slew of tongue twisting character names Pelonhorc but also Pireve Dixemexid Maerleyand and so onOverall a weirdly thrilling slice of SF with a Scouts great deal of human reality to it and somereat characters One not to miss 48 starsThis is the best book I ve read so far in 2019 and I have no idea how I m supposed to write a review for it Maybe I ll take the coward s way out and The Organ Grinders go with a simple list I loved the writing which was vivid yet easy to read The book throws you into the deep end and expects you to either sink or swim with absolutely no flotation devices The world is imaginative original and a little bit scifi noir is that a thing The characters feel real even though most of them are extreme and implausible No one s exactlyood in this book but they STILL HAVE YOU ON THEIR SIDE I HAD MY have you on their side I had my screech to a halt on several occasions when the plot did not o at all where I expected it to Yet by the end there was a big plot twist that I did catch on to and thus didn t have the desired shock value The story was so incredibly well constructed from beginning to end that I feel like this will be a definite re read in the futureWhat I do. Humanity has spread across the depths of space but is connected by AfterLife a vote made by every member of humanity on the worth of a life Ba. The Rig author Roger LevyFor the success one of the evil uy s empire Like most of the characters he is totally unsympathetic Apparently in possession of zero agency Alef mechanically assists Dr Evil number 1 with his sociopathic methods of expanding his empire Not once does he ever consider leaving I think we are expected to feel sorry for his situation but I didn t This was particularly problematic because the final big reveal turns upon his actionsI found myself interested in the murder mystery that revolved around a reporter a mechanic and police officer Sadly the resolution to their story was a big fat nothing burger The convoluted series of events that are detailed turned out to be entirely beside the point even though the author seems to think they were all part of some diabolical plan Spoiler view spoilerI was particularly put out that my favorite character s death was completely pointless There is a whole lot of obtuse cloak and dagger stuff that leads up to it and then poof dead and it might as well have been a red herring for all the difference it made Also the ending left me wanting The incurable cancers that plagued all of humanity never made much sense unless they were all engineered so I say The Complete Idiot's Guide to Detoxing Your Body go big oro home Alef should have been the one that created them and sentenced an entire Silver in the Wood galaxy to premature deaths in order to have a reason for Afterlife just so he could save one person Yeah Alef would totally have done that Did the author think that would make he too unlikable because he was already that unlikable hide spoiler puter putering instead of computer computing And i m out Before I start my review let me note that I received an uncorrected bound proof of this book from Titan Books However all opinions contained herein are my ownAt 615 pages this is not a book to dive into lightly While I occasionally found myself rooting for one or another of the characters all are pretty flawed None are wholly likable but there are books where that happens and it s never been a deal breaker for meThe book starts slowly establishing the friendship between the two main characters and the world they are living on It s not a pretty society either because it follows a pretty rigid interpretation of the Bible At any rate the story follows the two characters and several other plotlines One thing that kept me reading in fact was waiting to see how Mr Levy wasoing to tie all the different stories together And when he finally did so it was only partially in ways I had expectedFor all that the book is well written and once I had otten past the slowness at the beginning I didn t want to put it down not for dinner not for some work I needed to do not even to o to bedIt s doesn t fit neatly into military SF or horror but I think it will appeal to readers thereof It was definitely worth the time and effort to read it It s been uite a while since I ve taken this long to read a book four days to be precise which is a total humble brag iven that I ve read 72 books in the past 4 months and 11 days

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The Rig clocks at over 600 pages and since I had it in paperback the better to enjoy that orgeous cover it was harder to binge read in the dark as I do with ebooks on my Paperwhite before I o to sleep But ooh what an intelligent layered 600 pages Imagine a far future where humanity has abandoned a dying Earth to colonize a system of planets far less conducive to human health and happiness This is the setting for the interwoven tales of two men happiness This is the setting for the interwoven tales of two men met as boys on the fanatically religious planet of Gehenna and a plucky writer sent to interview two other men a cop and an engineer on the appropriately named planet of Bleak As we follow these narratives pieces slowly shift and slide into place to present us with an overarching picture that is as breathtaking as that cover Some of these pieces are obvious than others Pireve the origin of the cancer but many are unexpected enough to make even the most seen it all readers stop and say OhAt its heart The Rig is a novel about faith that in my opinion does a much better job of looking for the divine in the stars of the future than most of the overtly religious science fiction out there I really really loved the ending even as I wanted much much from the climactic scene on the titular Rig A lot of that has to do with The uestion which I think is at once an elegant concept and one that needs explaining than Roger Levy ives us in this novel Granted it is entirely likely that this was done on purpose to provoke readers to form their own thoughts regarding the issue and if I Essential Andhra Cookbook: With Hyderabadi and Telengana Specialities get a chance to interview the author hopefully we ll find out But don t mistake The Rig for a pious novel The social media system known as AfterLife whichives its subscribers a shot at resurrection via the votes of other subscribers is presented as a completely viable alternative to The Sorcerer's Apprentice goddery as the holdover religions from Earth are known The Rig thoughtfully explores the need for and forms of faith through fiction that is part space opera part noir novel I m still mad about Delta without ever sermonizing It raises terrific uestions of power technology and omniscience in an atmosphere as perpetually unstable as a rig floating on a turbulent seaI also loved Mr Levy s way with linguistic evolution with the aforementionedoddery as just one example Putery was the one awkward extrapolation I felt but I really appreciated the use of words like threedy and flycykcle that perfectly captured the way technological advances come to be just another part of language And of course I am a sucker for a Eagle's Gate good intelligent pun with which The Rig is perfectly pepperedRecommended if you want thought provoking scifi that acknowledges human frailty while celebrating our resilience I do hope he writes on The uestion or perhaps the subject is explored in his previous books and I shouldo read thos. Ehenna the last religious planet a hyperintelligent boy Alef meets psychopath Pellon Ho and so begins a rivalry and friendship to last an epoc.

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N t underst Strange Horizons has called Roger Levy the heir to Philip K Dick That s a pretty tall order for an author to live up to eh I typically dislike when two authors are compared to each other because I rarely see enough similarities to even recognize that a comparison has been made Well as it happens it s not far from I haven t seen any spoiler laden reviews for this book yet and I m conflicted about specific plot points so I m World War Z. La guerra mondiale degli zombi going to be that person XD The Rig started offreat I really enjoyed the development of the two story arcs in the first two thirds of the book I loved Alef the focal character of the novel His traits and motivations are well developed The reader ets a solid sense of how his life on Gehenna affected him from the very first scene which is shocking and terrifying and how he struggles between the pull of science and religion The mystery on Bleak was also engaging and Bale and Razer are likeable charactersHere s my problem with the book the it oes on the predictable it Who Is Muhammad Ali? gets Pellonhorc Alef s childhood friend is presented as aggressive and power hungry from theet Don't Worry, Eat Cake: A Coloring Book to Help You Feel a Little Bit Better about Everything go Granted his father is an abusive trigger happy crime lord but that doesn tuarantee Pellonhorc would turn out the same way In fact his mother who is his primary caregiver seems to be kind So what happensWell if you thought anyone besides Pellonhorc would become the main villain of the novel you re uickly proven wrong He is neatly set up to become the main villain after the showdown between his father and an enemy crime lord which Pellonhorc carefully engineers so that he ets the upper hand over both of them Surprise Except it isn t a surprise it s the same reused trope of the magnificent bastard which we see throughout fiction Orson Scott Card did it better in the Ender s Shadow series with the character of Achilles Flandres Tolkien did it first in the Lord of the Rings with Sauron At this point Pellonhorc s character arc is predictable His only redeeming value is his loyalty to Alef which uickly turns into his willingness to keep Alef alive for his own purposes Bottom line I anticipated a nuanced characterEven worse is Pireve Alef s wife We don t know much about her besides the fact that she seems to be nice and strives to understand Alef who loves her dearly Okay fine She doesn t need to be well developed because she isn t a major character Except that in the last third of the book the author tries to turn her into one Pellonhorc uses her life as a bargaining tool to keep Alec involved in his crazy machinations Everything Alef does he does for Pireve At that point the reader wants to know about her Who is Pireve Why exactly does Alef like her Well It turns out she s been Pellonhorc s lover all along and the child she s pregnant with might not even be Alef s Called it In the end neither Alef nor the reader know anything concrete about Pireve besides the fact that she cares about Pellonhorc enough to trick another man into loving and marrying herThis is extremely frustrating because Pellonhorc becomes evil as the story oes on so it s hard to understand why Pireve would even like him Moreover all of Alef s love turns out to be unfounded a love that was never explained in the first place The author may be trying to make a point about how nobody can ever really understand someone else but it falls flat I trying to make a point about how nobody can ever really understand someone a point about how nobody can ever really understand someone but it falls flat I add to this review later Blew my mind Loved it Completely bats crazy but utterly compelling Full review to follow I can t write one now I m shattered cue mad book buying spree of author s previous books The opening chapter of this book was amazing and would have made a stunning short story on its own Then the rest of the book happened It is clear that that Levy is attempting to write a story full of big ideas which he mostly succeeds at doing Unfortunately the story itself is plodding juvenile and populated with characters that are largely unsympathetic By half way through the book I was bored and ended up reading two other books before finely finishing this one up Honestly I m not sure that it was worth the effort to do so Having a whole lot of stupid made up words for common things like putery for computer visky for whisky screenery for screen chittlechattle for chit chat and odery for religion that were used relentlessly didn t help mattersThe world created by Levy is hard to swallow On the one hand we have a space faring culture with faster than light speed travel the ability to put humans into stasis indefinitely and something called doubling which involves seizing control of someone else s body and mind On the other hand we have an inability to control cancer that leaves the average human s life expectancy across all planets at 50 apparently nano biotech which is being researched today isn t even an idea computers that sound like they were manufactured during the 20th century and humans doing incredibly dangerous jobs because apparently robots aren t up to the task The concept of Afterlife in which members vote on who should be brought back from the brink of death when a cure for their ailment is discovered is intriguing However the world that surrounds this story is less so At the heart of the story are two criminals who are locked into an almost cartoonish Spy v Spy rivalry We are iven to believe that a confederation composed are locked into an almost cartoonish Spy v Spy rivalry We are A Secret Kept given to believe that a confederation composed some fairly large but unspecified number of planets is effectively ruled by just two self made men who through dint of their own cunning largely control the entire universe s economy This is flat out ridiculous on its face Little detail isiven how they manage this except some vague examples of mathematical models and ruthless actions Game of Thrones this ain t One of the central characters is Alef Oh the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet deep man a mathematical enus and emotional cripple who is largely responsible. Le a disillusioned policeman on the planet Bleak is brutally attacked leading writer Raisa on to a story spanning centuries of corruption On