World's End

World s End Hot on the heels of The Summer Queen this novel is a must read for fans of Vinge s Hugo Award winning series BZ Gundhalinu a policeman who became an outcast after saving the future Summer Queen qui

Hot on the heels of The Summer Queen, this novel is a must read for fans of Vinge s Hugo Award winning series BZ Gundhalinu, a policeman who became an outcast after saving the future Summer Queen, quits his job to follow his ne er do well brothers into the godforsaken waste, World s End, to prospect BZ s odyssey will set the stage for The Summer Queen.

  • Free Download World's End - by Joan D. Vinge
    289 Joan D. Vinge
World's End

  1. Joan D Vinge born Joan Carol Dennison is an American science fiction author She is known for such works as her Hugo Award winning novel The Snow Queen and its sequels, her series about the telepath named Cat, and her Heaven s Chronicles books.

702 Reply to “World's End”

  1. I was genuinely surprised by how much I loved this book I think I was judging it by the totally tacky 80s cover so I was expecting it to be kind of cheesy Instead I got a completely solid sequel to The Snow Queen I did think that this was an insignificant part of the overall story Perhaps it s unimportant overall but it s such a great story leaves Tiamat even though he s very much in love with Moon, who is the new Summer Queen After some trouble at work, he s encouraged to take a leave of absenc [...]

  2. The sequel to The Snow Queen Very different Not a panoramic view at all, but a tight first person account from the diary the main character kept Gundhalinu, a police officer from Queen, has disgraced himself since Tiamat, both because he still has the scars that showed his suicide attempt failed, and because he brought true accusations against the powerful of his new planet He takes his necessary leave in order to go after his disgraced brothers, who tried to retrieve the family fortunes at Worl [...]

  3. Storyline 2 5Characters 2 5Writing Style 2 5World 2 5Wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong.Everything was wrong It started off in the wrong direction, failed with the alternating timeline, butchered the pacing, and absolutely missed on the worldbuilding Itlwentwrong.I was a fan of the first, The Snow Queen, because it was imaginative, descriptive, and full of possibilities At the end of that book there were so many characters worth following, so many different places demanding a visit, and so many ideas [...]

  4. World s End is the second book in he Snow Queen Cycle This story goes into a deeper character study of BZ Gundhalinu and his motivations BZ was a secondary love interest to Moon,from The Snow Queen, who is now Summer Queen of Tiamet BZ left Tiamet and has attempted to give purpose to his life Love, honor, family, self examination, destiny, all come into play in this story This book is a very good bridge from The Snow Queen to The Summer Queen and deals not only with BZ s indecision and personal [...]

  5. I remember the first time I read this story, how insanity was building up in the main character, eating away his humanity little by little How strange it was to follow him on his way to hell I read it again recently, but the feeling wasn t as strong as in my memories, maybe because I was expecting it, thinking of what laid ahead instead of living only in the instant, like him.As a sequel to The Snow Queen, this story is worth reading at least to see again BZ Gundhalinu, whom we left as a wounded [...]

  6. This was so disappointing After reading the wonderful Snow Queen I was roaring for the next book This was short and a character study But the odd thing was it was a character that was so minimalin the first book I liked his character but I wouldn t have wanted to read a book about him Then the book was just a mind screw and I had to read about him being tortured mentally and physcially.I didn t care for the character by reading this story I can see that this book was to add the element of the s [...]

  7. A re read After finishing The Snow Queen, one of the groups I belong to here on has decided to continue reading the series More interesting use of the sibyl network I think that may be my favorite thing from this series, actually.

  8. A solid continuation of the Snow Queen series, this time focusing on BZ Whereas the first book was a sci fi fairy tale, this one is a sci fi western, through and through It was a hard book to read, if only because BZ goes through some tough trials, both physically and mentally But I m looking forward to the next book in the series, and time spent with these characters

  9. I ve reviewed the first book in this series, the Summer Queen I ll just say that this book, while good, does not live up to the other 2 books This book doesn t have the big themes and intertwining plots of the other two It does however link the other 2 books so I recommend reading it.

  10. In some ways I ve liked this one better then first in the series, in others I liked it less It s mature, on the sci fi side rather than fantasy although still somewhere in between BZ is a better and again, adult main character than Moon and Sparks were though PaleThion was redeeming in the first book And yet, there was something enchanting in the fantasy world of the first book, in the clashing of tech vs naive cultures, a vivid world and a epic storyline This book takes place in the same [...]

  11. World s End is the second installment in the Snow Queen series, less of a sequel and of a side trip Set in the same universe as the first book, it follows the adventures of Inspector BZ Gundhalinu after he leaves Tiamat and tries to restore his family s honor by tracking down his two wayward older brothers, who have disappeared on the outlaw world of Number Four mentioned only passingly in the earlier book It s a different read, a terse, gritty, first person adventure compared to The Snow Queen [...]

  12. I really enjoyed this book though I spoiled it accidentally not realizing it was between the Snow Queen and Summer Queen novels.I read it rather fast as she keeps her action and movement in her books I just wish I hadn t known the ending going in so I could feel the surprise, and see if I figured out her clever foreshadowing Spoilers to Snow Queen below.I love this BK character and as a writer myself I wondered if he started out as her planned male protagonist or if it happened on it s own as th [...]

  13. World s End The Snow Queen Cycle, 2 by Joan D Vinge Fist, before I actually review the contents off this novella, I have to ask why it isn t available on kindle Both Snow Queen it s predecessor and Summer queen it s successor are offered via digital I had downloaded both of the other titles, and so then discovered much to my joy that this was available But, alas, only thru Third Party Sellers on I wonder if this title never got the publicity of the other two Or maybe it s a tangential story betw [...]

  14. A sequel to The Snow Queen that focuses on what happens to BZ Gundhalinu after he leaves Tiamat His life is not what it should be he misses Moon painfully, and in his own society he is an outcast because he is a failed suicide In an effort to recapture his sense of himself, he journeys to World s End, a hellish backwater planet, where his two brothers have disappeared Along the way, a sibyl named Hahn recruits him to locate her daughter, Song, while he searches for his brothers What follows is a [...]

  15. Joan Vinge is one of my favorite fantasy science fiction writers After I finished this book, I realized that I had read it 20 years ago However, with the experience of life I think understood the author s messages better This is the story of a basically good man who carries guilt like a shield He adored his father but could not relate to nor get along with his brothers who were lazy, weak and selfish As the youngest son he had no rights to the family estates so he left home, to the sorrow of his [...]

  16. This is the second and apparently if the reviews I ve read are correct very overlooked book in the Snow Queen cycle.It does not take place on Tiamat or really deal much with Tiamat The main character is BZ, an inspector on Tiamat who loses his honor in his very strict culture, and tries to find it again.He goes on a mission to rescue his brothers after becoming obsessed with the fact that they re missing, and what happens is a mystery and deep character study, with a generous helping of descent [...]

  17. I wanted to give this book 4 stars, but in the end, I can t say that it was as compelling as The Snow Queen The complexity of the plot and the shifts in perspective made The Snow Queen one of my favorite books back in the 80s, but I had never read the sequels, so I reread it this year before reading World s End Honestly, this one was somewhat of a slog for the first half or two thirds an almost interminable other world Heart of Darkness featuring BZ and two other pointless, stereotypical charact [...]

  18. Let this serve as one review for all of Joan Vinge s books For a sci fi fantasy writer, Vinge is best at twisting the tale into unexpected corners She has rich characters, and like all good writing students, puts them into situations that test their mettle continually I listed all her books I have read in one conglomeration because they all read equally as well This particular one World s End almost seems like it was an afterthought in her series on the Snow Queeen It is fascinating to have an a [...]

  19. I moan My hand fondles her breast, while the other lies buried between her legs, parting them as I probe the liquid depths of her secret places I am not sure if I was so absorbed by the story of the Snow Queen and the parallels to Andersen s tale that I didn t realize she was a bad writer or if she just can t write sex But this was the last sentence I read of this book.The story focuses on my least favorite character of The Snow Queen and we watch him slowly turn into a pathetic animal and I am [...]

  20. What makes BZ so likeable He s not just a good person who ought to have inherited instead of his two worthless older brothers No He s even willing to go after said worthless older brothers and rescue them from a living hell After frittering away the family s wealth, BZ s brothers have left on a misguided quest to find their fortunes at World s End As the new head of the family, BZ considers it his duty to track them down.Nonstop action and imaginative world building characterize this excellent n [...]

  21. World s End is not as intricately plotted as The Snow Queen, and though it s much shorter, the plot drags slowly in places One character, Spadrin, seems to exist solely to annoy the reader for no reason at all for many pages Finally, all comes neatly together in an exciting reveal, but the novella could have been half as long I wonder if this started as a short story that the publishers wanted to stretch to book length Looking forward to The Summer Queen and hoping it s like The Snow Queen tha [...]

  22. Where The Snow Queen struck me as surprisingly contemporary or maybe timeless , World s End did seemed stuck in the 1980s Both the outdated approach to gender and sex and the actual prose were not to my tastes.Beyond that issue, I also found much of the story to be a miserable slog, and the older I get the less interested I am in stories that are heavy on unrequited pining The plot itself was pretty interesting, but all in all, I m hoping the other two books in the series bear in common with Th [...]

  23. Very enjoyable, even if this book is a bridge between The Snow Queen and The Summer Queen, and I think you will need to read both for this to make much sense Ms Vinge writes wonderfully If you enjoy science fiction give this book a try.

  24. Interesting short story inspired somewhat by Joseph Conrad s Heart of Darkness.Although I wasn t particularly interested in the protagonist, the story was decently written and kept my turning pages up until the very end In the end, I don t think the plot stands strongly enough on its own it is of a bridging story between main novels of Joan Vinge s magnum opus , however, it is worth reading to fill in some of the gaps in the overarching plot.

  25. I think this was just OK I will admit that I waited a bit too long between Snow Queen Cycle books for my tastes, so a lot of the previous plot elements were not fresh in my mind, but Vinge does a perfectly fine job with exposition.I don t have much to say about this it s interesting enough, and the situation it sets up could easily make for an excellent third book, but I really have no strong feelings one way or the other about this book.

  26. I think I enjoyed World s End even than The Snow Queen It s a short book but despite this it s a meaty and satisfying story I really liked BZ Gundhalinu in The Snow Queen and this story about him is definitely not just filler, but marks an important development for the Hedge milieu really looking forward to The Summer Queen, and hoping that BZ and Moon meet again.

  27. I did not care for this book at all The most interesting characters in the first novel are not present at all in this one, it s the story of a tertiary character from the first novel I never liked anyway.

  28. I actually read this third after the Snow Queen and The Summer Queen and it fit there a well A nice novella that fills in an interesting background story that s not truly necessary to follow the main storyline.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *