Ancestral Night

Ancestral Night

Haimey Dz thinks she knows what she wants. She thinks she knows who she is. She is wrong. A routine salvage mission uncovers evidence of a terrible crime and relics of powerful ancient technology. Haimey and her small crew run afoul of pirates at the outer limits of the Milky Way, and find themselves on the run and in possession of universe-changing information. When authoriti Haimey Dz thinks she knows what she wants. She thinks she knows who she is. She is wrong. A rout...

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Title:Ancestral Night
Author:Elizabeth Bear
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Genres:Science Fiction
ISBN:Ancestral Night
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:499 pages pages

Ancestral Night Reviews

  • bronwyn
    Aug 15, 2019
    This was, in spite of a style whose reach often exceeds its grasp and a sometimes astonishing insensitivity to the art of pacing, an incredibly enjoyable read. It has a grumpy crazybrains protagonist; it has a stalwart AI friend; it has Great And Sublime Ancient Ones; it has LESBIAN SP...
  • Elaine
    Mar 12, 2019
    Enjoyed the general gist of the book, but large swathes of the book were people discussing the wider purpose of society etc - gave me traumatic flashbacks to philosophy class in high school. It made for a lot of skipping ahead. ...
  • Sherwood Smith
    Mar 05, 2019
    Space opera is back, and at least in the hands of some female writers, it is not even remotely retrogressive in the ways that were standard some thirty years ago. While portions of this book were claustrophobic in ways that usually lose me, Bear kept me reading as the questions op...
  • John
    Mar 15, 2019
    The author is a fine thinker and a talented storyteller but here the two qualities really come into conflict, as the action keeps taking loooong breaks so the characters can engage in extended ruminations and discussions. I felt guilty about skipping the disquisitions...maybe will go b...
  • Stephanie
    May 30, 2019
    It took a while to get going and then it took a while to keep going but by the time I finished I loved this space family so much! ...
  • Jasmine
    May 16, 2018
    Q: "What?s your elevator pitch for Ancestral Night duology?" A: ?Uber, but for ancient alien artifacts caught in the hinges of space!? Okay, I?m slightly kidding, but what a great question! It?s not exactly accurate to call it a duology, however. It?s two related books,...
  • TheBookSmugglers
    Mar 15, 2019
    From my Kirkus column In many ways this book is an excellent pairing with MCU?s recently released Captain Marvel. No, really, hear me out. Both are stories centring women being told what or not to do, told that their emotions are crap and that they should know better, that their c...
  • Tasula
    May 19, 2019
    Interesting concepts, but too much pseudo science details and way too much introspection by the narrator (Halmey Dz) who went on for pages about everything she was thinking about, remembering or planning to do. However, the shipmind (AI) Singer and the "cop" Cheeirilaq and pilot Connla...
  • Mike
    Nov 09, 2018
    3.0 out of 5 stars My first foray into Elizabeth Bear?s work was her excellent 2017 fantasy novel The Stone in the Skull, which I enjoyed immensely. I knew that Bear is known for writing in a multitude of genres, but I wasn?t prepared for the genre whiplash I experienced when I ...
  • Bradley
    Mar 21, 2019
    I had some really good fun with this book. The transhumanist elements, from all the various augs for the mind, body, and all the relevant lock-ins required to pilot, communicate, or engineer spacecraft is something I always tend to enjoy. It's realistic. After all, our bodies are such ...
  • Beth
    Apr 28, 2019
    I was alone in a space suit somewhere outside the generally acknowledged boundaries of the entire f****** Milky Way, with nobody for company except a good insect cop, an alien AI I couldn?t talk to, and a pathologically risk-seeking pirate. Well! There are two kinds of readers: th...
  • Brian Clegg
    Mar 15, 2019
    Only a couple of weeks ago, reviewing a 1960s SF book, I bemoaned the fact that science fiction novels of ideas are less common now. Although it is correctly labelled a space opera, Ancestral Night delivers ideas with aplomb. Let's deal with the space opera aspect first. Elizabeth B...
  • mith
    Sep 20, 2015
    idk but i just really love this title ...
  • Larou
    Mar 25, 2019
    Not too long ago, I was writing about a book co-written by Elizabeth Bear and bemoaning the lack of pirates therein. Now, just two months later, I am writing about her most recent novel, and you know what? It not only has pirates in it, but they?re space pirates! To paraphrase Goethe...
  • Peter Tillman
    Mar 25, 2019
    Slow start -- in fact, I kept dozing off* -- but she hits her stride around 100 pp. in. A scary sheriff who's a giant mantis! *Deep* space stuff, with the Synarche, Bear's take on IMB's Culture, and pretty well thought-out. Though the exposition took the form of a college bull-session ...
  • Doctor Science
    Apr 29, 2019
    Elizabeth Bear has leveled up. She's working with a LOT of elements here, at the Master level: space travel, political philosophy, AIs, aliens, and the question (which she deals with better than it's EVER been dealt with before): "Where is the line between mental health and mind contro...
  • Lindsay
    Mar 27, 2019
    A far-future post-scarcity space opera that owes a lot to Iain M. Banks (well-acknowledged in text), particularly in looking at the overall structure of society and an individual's place in it. Haimey Dz and her small crew of space salvage operators stumble across the scene of an at...
  • Lata
    Mar 31, 2019
    I don't know how many times I came really close to abandoning this book. From the very start, I struggled, and found the text slow and the world puzzling. Then, something happened around the 40% mark, and I started to get a good feel for the book. I still found that the text was slower...
  • Bonnie McDaniel
    Apr 05, 2019
    This book pretty much hit all my sweet spots. A memorable voice and a deep dive into the history and character of the protagonist? Check. A smart-ass AI with tremendous loyalty to his friends? Check. A far-future world with a multispecies empire of questionable moral authori...
  • Len Bowers
    Jun 26, 2019
    Aspired high but achieved low. It should have been right. Many of the ingredients were there. The conflict between the pirate (us) and the future human (the modified hero) was a big, huge issue to grapple with in a literary format. But in the end the plot was weak, predictable, McGuffi...
  • Lucille
    Apr 23, 2019
    I loved this so much!! It has basically all I want in a scifi book: cool spaceships, cool concepts, interesting main character, a found family (composed of an AI, the MC, another human, two cats), to repeat myself THERE'S CATS, and lots of things to think about regarding government, tr...
  • Chad Cressley
    Mar 25, 2019
    The first half the book is a little slow, but the overall plot isn?t bad. The real downside is the pathetic protagonist and unlikable antagonist. The only enjoyable characters are supporting characters, and they aren?t around enough. It doesn?t help that it?s written in firs...
  • Gary
    Mar 14, 2019
    An early moment in Elizabeth Bear?s expansive new space opera Ancestral Night has narrator Haimey Dz offer a meta-commentary on the ancient, 19th century novels she reads during the long hours spent drifting through space: ?They?re great for space travel because they were designe...
  • S. Naomi Scott
    Mar 27, 2019
    Warning: there may be spoilers in this review. I really enjoyed this one. It's a modern space opera with a lot of big ideas, all filtered down through the eyes of the central protagonist, Haimey Dz. Haimey is the engineer on a salvage vessel, along with her crewmates Connla (the pil...
  • Sarah
    Mar 02, 2019
    I?m stopping. I?m sorry. I made it to 70% and I don?t even have the desire to skip to the end and see how it plays out. I?m putting the content warnings up here in case you don?t want to read my spoiler laden review: (view spoiler)[suicide bombings, death of partners, abducti...
  • Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
    Mar 26, 2019
    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. To imagine the future is a challenge that can be quite daunting. The intricate details that allow us to distinguish what is possible in the years to come from what is of the domain of dreams are what help sell worlds and universes ...
  • Acqua
    Jul 14, 2019
    why, yes, lesbian villain kissing is exactly the kind of content I'm here for This is, without a doubt, the most unexpected favorite of the year. I struggled with Ancestral Night at first. This is a slow-paced tome of a sci-fi book, more than 500 pages of incredibly interesting con...
  • Slonina Kowalska
    Apr 08, 2019
    I'm halfway through and still no sign of a plot - just a lot of random encounters. I'm assuming the plot is not forthcoming. Some fun ideas and writing isn't bad, but in general it seems disjointed and pointless. DNF ...
  • The Captain
    Apr 22, 2019
    Ahoy there me mateys! I have really been enjoying my foray into Elizabeth Bear?s works and this was no exception. This story follows Haimey Dz who is a member of a three person salvage crew. A routine salvage trip turns to disaster when the ship they attempt to retrieve is a crime sc...
  • Aristotle
    Jun 01, 2019
    The Millennium Falcon "This is the ship that made the Kessel Run in fourteen parsecs?" "Twelve!" This is the description of the book on the inside flap. A routine salvage mission uncovers evidence of a terrible crime. Haimey and her small crew run afoul of pirates at the outer li...