Empress of Forever

Empress of Forever

A feminist Guardians of the Galaxy?a smart, swashbuckling, wildly imaginative adventure of a rag-tag team of brilliant misfits, dangerous renegades, and enhanced outlaws in a war-torn future. A wildly successful innovator to rival Steve Jobs or Elon Musk, Vivian Liao is prone to radical thinking, quick decision-making, and reckless action. On the eve of her greatest achieve A feminist Guardians of the Galaxy?a smart, swashbuckling, wildly imaginative adventure of a rag-tag team of bril...

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Title:Empress of Forever
Author:Max Gladstone
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Genres:Science Fiction
ISBN:Empress of Forever
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Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:480 pages pages

Empress of Forever Reviews

  • Tim Hicks
    Aug 01, 2019
    I am calling this fantasy, as other reviewers have, because it goes so far beyond "this could happen" that it gets into fantasy's "yeah, I know, but what if it did anyway?" +1 for a daring reach in the enormous scope of this. -1 for having reached a tad too far. I really don't like...
  • Geonn Cannon
    Jun 27, 2019
    Love this book. I love Max's Craft Sequence, but it's great seeing him spread his wings on this. Anything goes, and he runs with the freedom. I love all the characters, but Xiara might be a favorite from any of his books. ...
  • Rinaldo
    Jun 28, 2019
    4.9/5 The crowns trap our selves. They carve us off from the world. But what is the self? There are pieces of me in all of you, and pieces of you in me. We are all empty of inherent form. Trace the threads of each of us, and you find not just the others, but the entire universe. An...
  • Marzie
    Jun 16, 2019
    Max Gladstone is best known for his Hugo Award-nominated fantasy series The Craft Sequence . It's a series with truly unique world-building, strong female characters, and complex conceptual underpinnings (philosophy, religion, law, commerce, social justice, etc.) His latest novel, The...
  • Jason
    Aug 15, 2019
    5 Stars Wow, Empress of Forever is an awesome read. Max Gladstone is one of my very favorite authors who writes adult fantasy. This however is borderline hard science fiction. Bold, ambitious, and of course operatic. This is truly an imaginative read. I absolutely loved it. ...
  • Carlex
    Aug 16, 2019
    Three and half stars. Imagine that all the information in the universe can be apprehended and therefore used; for example for traveling great distances by an integration in a sort of hyperspace. Imagine a galaxy in which anyone can connect with this informational aether, can interac...
  • carol.
    Jun 02, 2019
    I requested this knowing that I loved Gladstone's Craft series, and that he can write an engrossing and unusual fantasy world when he puts his mind to it. Empress of Forever starts a bit like a movie where the Bored Super Rich Person Who Still Doesn't Take It For Granted (I forget whic...
  • Bradley
    Jul 18, 2019
    First things first: I had a great time. As in, this is a goofy, fast-paced, unabashedly hard-SF, galaxy-spanning space-opera mania that mixes cloud-computing universe-spanning quantum-computing with the afterlife, instant travel, world-eating gods, cyborgs, huge space battles, and ...
  • Sana
    Oct 09, 2018
    'The end of time is ruled by an ancient, powerful Empress who blesses or blasts entire planets with a single thought.' WELL, DAMN. ALSO, THAT COVER EXUDES A DON'T-FUCK-WITH-ME BADASSERY More reasons I want this in my life: 'a big, planet-smashing space opera, set in a majestic and m...
  • Lindsay
    Jul 15, 2019
    Vivian Liao is a Jobs-like tech entrepreneur whose found herself in trouble with the government. While going through her ultimate plan to not-be-waterboarded she's attacked by a bizarre green figure working with technology that might as well be magic. Afterwards she wakes up naked and ...
  • Jack
    Jun 28, 2019
    I think that, around the half way point, I had thought to myself, "Oh, I kinda predicted this would happen". And while, that might have a grain of truth, the ride just kept going, and I kept on enjoying myself as certain twists showed me that there was still so much more to see about t...
  • Django Wexler
    Oct 25, 2018
    Do I get to write the first review? It's amazing! ...
  • Rhode
    May 30, 2019
    Dear Tor blurb-writer: By only referencing IRL men in this (Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Iain Banks, William Gibson), you are saying a book by a man has a heroine ?to rival? men and is written with the ?sensibility and spirit? of men. You get how that?s the opposite of feminism, ri...
  • Mel
    Jul 30, 2019
    AMAZING! The tons of spetecularly written female characters alone are worth the read. Highly recommended book and author in general. ...
  • Rachel
    Jul 20, 2019
    I still have to go back through the book and gather all my notes and quotes but this book was STUNNING! It's a non stop thrill ride and I loved every minute! ...
  • Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
    Jul 11, 2019
    General thoughts that may or may not become a review: - It's got a lesbian protagonist!!! - One of the most important relationships in the book is a female friendship that's given the same focus and narrative structure as a romance, but in a completely platonic way. - The plot str...
  • Adah Udechukwu
    Jun 21, 2019
    Empress of Forever is a bit good though the novel is complicated and its length is quite annoying. ...
  • Em
    Jan 13, 2019
    This is one hell of a book, and I didn?t want it to end. Fast-paced, fun, empathetic, with a flavor of Douglas Adams, it?s an ensemble space opera adventure populated by brilliant flawed women. Gladstone has written a universe full of beautiful, weird, original worlds and species, ...
  • Mikhail
    Jul 10, 2019
    Interesting, complex, with some bits that work quite well and some that fall really rather flat. Not a bad book, but I found myself either setting it aside for days at a time, or else skimming through pages to get to the next bit. Fundamentally, this is a Space Operatic retelling of...
  • ♔ Dark Lordette Jennymort ♔
    May 03, 2019
    **Update 05/03/2019** A feminist Guardians of the Galaxy SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MOTHAFECKIN MONEY ...
  • Roy
    Aug 09, 2019
    Found this a little a dissapointing. Cool world buidling with a predictable style plot but with characters I never feel warm to especially Viv. I haven't read his craft sequence but Ive heard thats better. It was billed as a feminist Guardians of the galaxy type story. I never really g...
  • Acqua
    Oct 09, 2018
    That's A Cover ...also apparently this is gay, so ...
  • megs_bookrack
    May 03, 2019
    Pitched as 'feminist Guardians of the Galaxy crossed with Star Wars'. I'm like... Yeah. That's me. Hand it over! ...
  • J_Jens
    May 23, 2019
    I received an uncorrected ARC (advanced reading copy for the uninitiated) via social media - I won it in a contest Tor was holding. I'm sure any tightening up will happen, as the first few chapters were a little clunky, but otherwise my copy... It was a punch in the heart. This i...
  • Madhuri Vairapandi
    Jul 02, 2019
    There is nothing Guardians of the Galaxy about this book, to start. That would require charm and characters that carry out ridiculous and delightful hijinks. SPOILERS AHEAD I want to start by discussing the premise of the book, which has Viv at the top of her evil game of thwarti...
  • Carysa Locke
    May 05, 2019
    Oh. My. Gosh. I LOVE this book. It's described as "Star Wars meets Guardians of the Galaxy". But I find shades of Firefly, Killjoys, and honestly this is some of the best SF I've read in years. It has galactic spanning adventure, humor, vivid storytelling, unforgettable characters, and...
  • The Captain
    May 13, 2019
    I am a huge fan of the author's work and so was excited for this excerpt. After reading it, I have to admit that I am ambivalent about this story. I really enjoy the three main characters. But the plot is confusing me. Multi-worlds. Weird empress. Dead worlds. A cloud that seems to con...
  • Petrik
    Jun 25, 2019
    2.5/5 stars Praise-worthy imagination and world-building, but sadly, it?s time to admit that Max Gladstone?s books aren?t suitable for me. Empress of Forever has been on my TBR ever since I first heard about it. Judging from the blurb alone, I was immediately intrigued. Jus...
  • Rebecca Roanhorse
    Dec 27, 2018
    Max Gladstone is one of my favorite writers. His imagination is a thing of wonder, and his worldbuilding continuously blows me away. This book was no exception. I saw someone describe this as a "gonzo Guardians of the Galaxy" and that's totally fair. It's a space adventure with a rag t...
  • Dumbledore11214
    Jul 29, 2019
    A feminist Guardians of the Galaxy?a smart, swashbuckling, wildly imaginative adventure of a rag-tag team of brilliant misfits, dangerous renegades, and enhanced outlaws in a war-torn future. A wildly successful innovator to rival Steve Jobs or Elon Musk, Vivian Liao is prone to r...