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I thought that I had lucked out when I found all five of these books in a used book store I really liked the Covenant books After reading the short didn t feel short first book in this series, my first thought was, Did an editor get near this thing The writing itself is atrocious Not wanting to admit that I wasted my money, I soldiered on I managed to get about a third into this book the third before I gave up.There were several instances where I was pretty sure that Donaldson used t I thought that I had lucked out when I found all five of these books in a used book store I really liked the Covenant books After reading the short didn t feel short first book in this series, my first thought was, Did an editor get near this thing The writing itself is atrocious Not wanting to admit that I wasted my money, I soldiered on I managed to get about a third into this book the third before I gave up.There were several instances where I was pretty sure that Donaldson used the wrong word Other problems He has no idea what a semicolon is and how it functions It is not okay for the omniscient narrator to use cliches and hackneyed phrases He uses the construction, e.g made up , He went into the storage, not to get something, but to return something about 20 times 1 The commas are wrong 2 Stop using this construction As others have pointed out, the main problem is that every character is disgusting and not worth caring about Add to that a layer of inept writing, and you have yourself a winner I read The Gap series, a five novel saga from Stephen R Donaldson.I think Donaldson does better with SF than fantasy The series is set in a future as created by something called the Gap Drive, an FTL travel method that sometimes drives people mad It starts out with a complicated little minuet of a story involving the lives of three people who live on the fringes of space the first novel , but over time the series becomes a complicated tale involving a terrible cold war between an alien rac I read The Gap series, a five novel saga from Stephen R Donaldson.I think Donaldson does better with SF than fantasy The series is set in a future as created by something called the Gap Drive, an FTL travel method that sometimes drives people mad It starts out with a complicated little minuet of a story involving the lives of three people who live on the fringes of space the first novel , but over time the series becomes a complicated tale involving a terrible cold war between an alien race the Amnion and humanity, the dangers of human greed, and one man s attempt to make the universe safe for humans It s based very loosely on or perhaps sort of inspired by Wagner s Ring Cycle What s up with SF based on the Ring Cycle I know of one video game that s a SF take on it, and there s a Captain Harlock anime series based on it Anyhoo, I was told once regarding the Covenant the Unbeliever series that that if you can get past the rape scene in the first book, you re good I think this isliterallytrue of this series If you can tolerate the much nastier rape scenes that s multiple rape scenes, by the way in the first book, you should be fine.I dunno what s up with Donaldson and rape, but the important thing is you ll know you ll be able to handle the series overall if you can take the first book, in particular if you can have a certain amount of sympathy, no matter how small and how overwhelmed by hatred and disgust, for a mass murderer and rapist, as he transforms from villain to victim If you re capable of viewing a very, very bad person as a human being worthy of a tiny drop of sympathy, even if you can t forgive him for what he did and the text makes it clear you shouldn t , then you ll enjoy the first book, and what follows it.The first book is probably the best while making it clear you should hate Angus Thermopile the aforementioned rapist and mass murderer for the things he s done, Donaldson deftly manages to make him seem human, which is vital as things totally fall apart for him, because otherwise you won t care when things go pear shaped for him The book starts with a listing of events as people understood them on a particular space station, followed by what REALLY happened.The second book is also very personal, following what happens to the various characters after the first book, and completing various transformations While Thermopile went from villain to victim in the first book, in the second book someone who seemed a hero becomes a villain, and the victim transforms into a heroine of sorts.After that, the style of the books change, becoming less personal, even giving the occasional encyclopedia like supplemental data entries on the universe, sort of like a reverse RPG sourcebook mostly fiction, with a little source material However, this drawing back makes everythingepic, giving evenroom for people to show themselves at heroes and villains The last three books are a little overlong, but they keep you hooked.What makes the series work is that while it is highly nasty and gritty, despite the cynicism of all the characters and the compromises they make, by the end of the series humanity is better off than it was at the start of the series, and there s been redemption or damnation for all the major characters This including several characters that don t even get introduced until the second or third book, but turn out to be very important, especially in terms of how they intersect with the three main characters of the first book Of those later characters, I particularly like Hashi Watch for him A master storyteller, Stephen R Donaldson established a worldwide reputation with his unforgettable, critically acclaimed fantasy series The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant Then, with The Real Storyand Forbidden Knowledge, he launched a thrilling new science fiction series Now the galactic epic continues as humanity struggles against the forces of ultimate evil and its own dark natureThe stage is set of confrontation at Billingate illegal shipyard, haven for pirates and brigands, where every vice flourishes and every appetite can be sated Gateway to the alien realm of the Amnion, the shipyard is a clearinghouse for all they require to fulfill their mutagenic plans against humanityIt is here that the fate of Morn Hyland is to be decided amid a kaleidoscopic whirl of plot and counterplot, treachery and betrayalAs schemes unravel to reveal yet deeper designs, Morn, Nick, Angus lives may all be forfeit as pawns in the titanic game played our between Warden Dios, dedicated director of the UMC Police, and the Dragon, greed driven ruler of the UMC Here, the future of humankind hangs on the uncertain fortune of Morn Hyland in a daring novel of epic power and suspense, relentlessly gripping from first page to last I m happy to say that the series has finally hit its stride, this being the best book so far The reader is given a deeper look into what is going on that even those who thought they knew, didn t Betrayals abound, as nothing seems to be what it is, so the reader is left wantingLuckily, there are still twobooks.I m still not totally happy with the main characters of Morn, Nick, and Angus Their flaws still rule their lives, and they have plenty I could perhaps feelsympathy fo I m happy to say that the series has finally hit its stride, this being the best book so far The reader is given a deeper look into what is going on that even those who thought they knew, didn t Betrayals abound, as nothing seems to be what it is, so the reader is left wantingLuckily, there are still twobooks.I m still not totally happy with the main characters of Morn, Nick, and Angus Their flaws still rule their lives, and they have plenty I could perhaps feelsympathy for the three if they weren t giving so much to themselves It seems that the fault always lies with the stars Who are the victims, who the villains I m hoping there scharacter growth in the next two books, because at this point, while I ve becomeinvested in the plot, in the characters not so much What a book What a ride Man, I just don t know how Donaldson juggles all of thishe s a master storyteller The twists and turns are so unpredictable The constant rotation of the Hero Villian Victim thin this absolutely astounding, and now it s stretched to a secondary batch of characters..or two batchesit s hard to tell if they are going to rotate or are just funI can t wait for the next book What a book What a ride Man, I just don t know how Donaldson juggles all of thishe s a master storyteller The twists and turns are so unpredictable The constant rotation of the HeroVillianVictim thin this absolutely astounding, and now it s stretched to a secondary batch of characters..or two batchesit s hard to tell if they are going to rotate or are just funI can t wait for the next book Well that was awesome When I asked Fantasy Faction for dark, character driven sci fi, this series was recommended It s taken a couple of books to hit its stride, but it s finally there the world has opened up considerably and many characters introduced in the previous books are given their time of day After such a climatic ending, I simply cannot wait to explore this series further Highly recommended. The third book in the Gap Cycle is where Donaldson s story really begins to take shape Although he uses our interest in the characters to carry us along, the story really is about the political schemes and wheels within wheels that arise from the commercial development of faster than light travel and contact with a semi hostile alien species Although the series is based on Wagner s Ring Cycle, the historical bits of the story show a very plausible development of this society from our own, espe The third book in the Gap Cycle is where Donaldson s story really begins to take shape Although he uses our interest in the characters to carry us along, the story really is about the political schemes and wheels within wheels that arise from the commercial development of faster than light travel and contact with a semi hostile alien species Although the series is based on Wagner s Ring Cycle, the historical bits of the story show a very plausible development of this society from our own, especially in terms of corporate usurpation of governmental power Besides the absorbing complexity of his plot and his ability to keep the reader guessing about what is really going on, Donaldson also demonstrates the rare ability to get his readers to sympathize with or at least understand truly despicable characters He explodes any black and white vision of right and wrong by creating situations in which characters must commit evil acts in order to serve a greater good and making the worst of bad guys play the role of hero Other reviewers have described the ethos of this series as depressing and hopeless, but I think they are wrong While there certainly is an air of doom about the story, andthan enough evidence of the evil man can do to man, the fact remains that the whole point of what s going on is to preserve hope for human survival, on both the individual and species levels If readers have gotten through the first two books of the Gap series, they will be well rewarded with this third volume In another review, I compared the Gap series to Herbert s Dune The worlds they create are vastly different and the atmosphere of their stories appear on the surface to be at odds, but Donaldson has some of Herbert s knack for amazing world building and convoluted, but ultimately logical, plotting I d put Herbert in the top 20 authors of the 20th century, so it s no small compliment that I put Donaldson in his company Wow, this book took me awhile to get through Its a great book, but its not light reading This is an emotionally heavy book from start to finish Its a noir story loosely based on the Ring cycle, that is set in the far future in space This is the 3rd book in the series, and it slows the series down a little bit, mainly because its transitioning us from the beginning of the story into the roller coaster ride toward the ending I can t remember as of writing this review if there are twoboo Wow, this book took me awhile to get through Its a great book, but its not light reading This is an emotionally heavy book from start to finish Its a noir story loosely based on the Ring cycle, that is set in the far future in space This is the 3rd book in the series, and it slows the series down a little bit, mainly because its transitioning us from the beginning of the story into the roller coaster ride toward the ending I can t remember as of writing this review if there are twobooks to go or just one I highly recommend this series as its not quite like anything else I ve ever read in the Sci fi genre That having been said, don t read it unless you have a strong stomach for man s inhumanity to other man orprecisely, woman The series, this book as well, is full of themes of betrayal, redemption, brutality, fear of loss of self, and a whole multitude of other very series human drama All of which is set against a backdrop of mankind s future expanding into the universe, and all the technological and cultural developments that spurred that on as well as those that evolved because of it 3.5 starsI have made no secret of the fact that I struggle with Stephen Donaldson s writing This is the only series of his that I have made any connection with, and my relationship to it is turbulent I m not one of those people who needs to like the characters in order to like the book, but it helps if I care what happens to them I reluctantly care about what happens to the main characters in the Gap series.Its like Donaldson took the Star Trek universe and turned it inside out There is no P 3.5 starsI have made no secret of the fact that I struggle with Stephen Donaldson s writing This is the only series of his that I have made any connection with, and my relationship to it is turbulent I m not one of those people who needs to like the characters in order to like the book, but it helps if I care what happens to them I reluctantly care about what happens to the main characters in the Gap series.Its like Donaldson took the Star Trek universe and turned it inside out There is no Prime Directive, no Starfleet, no honourable oversight by basically good intentioned people Like in C.J Cherryh s Company Wars series, it is the giant corporation that controls space and with the United Mining Companies comes the shadowy director, also known as the Dragon, who seeks to control everything.In many ways, this is a bleaker, darker version of Cherryh s idea of the megacorporation running outer space, like Glen Cook s The Black Company running the universe I had to order this volume through interlibrary loan, but I ve got the remaining books from the local used book store, so finishing the series is a very likely proposition.Book number 316 in my Science Fiction Fantasy reading project The story tangles further The betrayal is deeper The stakes are higher than you thought Donaldson s sci fi version of Wagner s Ring Cycle begins to truly blossom here Here we see the Gap Series begin its true, slow, inexorable motion Like drowning, the reader is caught in a euphoria of despair This book, like the ones before it, offers little hope, but a creature emerges from it that can be neither countenanced nor resisted I do not know whether to laugh or cry, but it appears the final The story tangles further The betrayal is deeper The stakes are higher than you thought Donaldson s sci fi version of Wagner s Ring Cycle begins to truly blossom here Here we see the Gap Series begin its true, slow, inexorable motion Like drowning, the reader is caught in a euphoria of despair This book, like the ones before it, offers little hope, but a creature emerges from it that can be neither countenanced nor resisted I do not know whether to laugh or cry, but it appears the final hope of humanity is at least in capable hands And many who have earned a comeuppance shall doubtless receive one This book seems to me the middle portion, The Empire Strikes Back if you will Nothing happens, and yet everything does This book explains much of what came before, and sets the stage for what follows Again, and as always, I will remind the reader of this review, that the stakes cannot be higher, the heroes less heroic, nor the villains less remorseful than you will find here The joy and the terror of Donaldson lies in witnessing the frightening and unpredictable efficacy of humanity all around And again, I give you my Dream Cast Captain Angus Thermopyle Ron PerlmanMorn Hyland Olivia WildeDavies Hyland Liam HemsworthCaptain Nick Succorso Brad PittMikka Vasaczk Zoe SaldanaVector Shaheed J.K SimmonsMilos Taverner Steve BuscemiThe Bill Christoph WaltzWarden Dios Tom SelleckMin Donner Sigourney WeaverHashi Lebwohl Ben KingsleyHolt Fasner Kevin SpaceyCaptain Sorus Chatelaine Sharon StoneCaptain Dolph Ubikwe Idris ElbaIf courage be thus, I fear for humanity s sake