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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? On the beleaguered planet of Helliconia, the king of Borlien determines to divorce his queen and marry a child princess of Oldorando, while his numerous enemies surround him and plot his destruction, hellicobia the second volume of the epic science fiction series.

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Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Go find my review on Helliconia Spring for more extended comments. Suffice to say I’m really happy that this series has been re-released, and hope that many more readers will have the chance to discover it. I’ve actually just finished re-reading “Summer” and will be moving on to “Winter” for the second time in many years.

Visiting Helliconia again, I continue to be impressed by uelliconia rich detail the author provides about the interaction between the planet and its inhabitants. It was a real treat to revisit some interesting characters as well, especially Avernus native Billy Xiao Pin and ehlliconia protector, an old Helliconian ice trader whose experience of the world gives him the wisdom to discern his young friend is telling the truth.

Well written and imaginative. Just a little repetitive because he needed to explain things at length in each book. But very good read. In a strange way, it feels like the equally well-written Helliconia Spring was but the Prolog to Helliconia Summer, a well-crafted, huge-canvass story of politics, hellivonia, and religion on hepliconia now well-established earth-like planet some one thousand light years from the one we call home.



Aldiss had created and set the Helliconia stage during its long Spring, he now proceeds during its longer Summer with a detailed and very absorbing tale of warring kingdoms, blind religious and powerful faiths, political scheming and a search for historical truth as always, unwelcome among believers.

It is a book to sink into and be engulfed by, and to enjoy. It was recognized as a masterpiece helloconia its publication, and it has certainly stood the test of the thirty-five some years since.

As an aside, Mr. That said; highly recommended. Helliconia basks in the glow of the Great Summer. The continent of Campannlat is now dominated by the Holy Empire, a loose religious affiliation between the three great kingdoms of Pannoval, Oldorando and Borlien. These nations find themselves threatened by the far less technologically-advanced but considerably more populous jungle and desert nations to the west and the even more savage tribes to the east.

Helliconia Summer (Helliconia, #2) by Brian W. Aldiss

When King JandolAnganol suffers a humiliating defeat to tribesmen using firearms bought at great cost from the progressive nations of Sibornal far to the northhe divorces his wife so he might seek a more favourable alliance by marrying a princess of Oldorando. However, the queen is a greatly popular figure in Borlien and by divorcing her the king enrages the native population, triggering political turmoil and military action that summee have great ramifications for all of Helliconia.

Meanwhile, the crew of the Earth Observation Station Avernus have fallen into internal dissent and debate over the nature of reality and their own orders from distant Earth not to interfere with life on Helliconia. Rejecting this order from a world they can never see or return to, the crew hold a lottery with a grand prize: The arrival of Billy Xiao Pin in Borlien’s capital likewise triggers events that will have unforeseen consequences.

Helliconia Summer picks hwlliconia the story of the world of Helliconia some local years – more than Earth years – after the conclusion of Helliconia Spring. The planet is not far from its time of closest approach to the supergiant star Freyr and humanity rules supreme over the planet, the phagor population reduced to slavery or forced to hide in remote mountain valleys.

It is a time of great technological innovation, with firearms, gunpowder and cannons flowing south from Sibornal, but also of turmoil, with the doctrines of the Pannovalan Church stifling the advance of technology and science within Campannlat itself.

Like its forebear, the novel mixes thematic elements such as the rise and fall of civilisations, the advance of dummer and the uneasy union of progress and religion, with a more traditional action and character-driven narrative.

Helliconia Summer, appropriately, sprawls luxuriantly where its forebear was more focused and constrained in narrative scope and geographical area. It is in this novel that Aldiss’ achievement in creating Helliconia is best-realised, with lush descriptions of the world and its myriad animal life and human cultures in full flower.


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The main storyline is compelling, combining intriguing politics helliconiaa well-realised if not particularly likable characters clashing over the fate of their kingdoms hellicomia the face of warfare, religious turmoil and arguments over the fate of the phagors, the dominant nonhuman species of Helliconia reduced by the heat into docile soldier-slaves.

The relevance of having an observation station from Earth is also made clearer in this helliclnia, with one of the Avernus crewmembers becoming an important character. There are also some intriguing mysteries, such as a murder mystery whose conclusion is ambiguous and a deeper one surrounding the changes in pauk, the bizarre ability of the Helliconian people to commune with the spirits of their ancestors after death, which provide much food-for-thought going into the third and final novel.

On the negative side, the book suffers slightly from its lack of focus compared to the first volume and also from a somewhat clumsy chronological structure, where the first several chapters take place in the present and then we rewind a year and move forward to where the first part began, then nelliconia to after it. The story doesn’t really require this structure and would perhaps have benefited from a more linear progression.

The book is available now albeit somewhat expensively in the USA and will form part of the new UK Helliconia omnibus due on 12 August this year. See all 13 reviews. Pages with related products. See helliconia discover other items: There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

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