The Sky Lords (Sky Lords, #1)

The Sky Lords (Sky Lords, #1) Centuries In The Future, After The World Has Been Devasted By The Gene Wars, The Scattered Remnants Of Humanity Struggle Against Both The Spreading Biological Blight On The Ground And The Great Airships That Dominate The Skies Controlled By Feudal Warlords, These Mile Long Dirigibles Patrol Their Territories, Exacting Tribute From The Ground Communities

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  • Unknown Binding
  • 318 pages
  • The Sky Lords (Sky Lords, #1)
  • John Brosnan
  • English
  • 06 September 2018
  • 9780312059644

10 thoughts on “The Sky Lords (Sky Lords, #1)

  1. says:

    The future Earth of John Brosnan s The Sky Lords is a uniquely nasty and colourful place, and I ve visited it before.I read the second book in this trilogy when I was thirteen twenty five years ago and loved it It took me a quarter of a century to track down book one The Sky Lords and return to Brosnan s ruined Earth I did so with some trepidation revisiting the fondly remembered books of our youth often ends in disappointment but I m glad I did.This isn t your standard post apocalypse Earth, your The Road style nuclear winter, or a Ballard esque climate change wracked, sun blasted greenhouse Brosnan s future is a pungent and squalid world dripping with fungal decay, where a high tech humanity has been largely reduced to almost medieval level, supplemented by the few surviving bits of old science gear left functioning.Designer fungi, plagues, animals and plants, all made uniquely vicious by genetic engineering , have blighted the Earth, turning it into an inhospitable wasteland filled with hungry terrors What fertile areas remain are being encroached upon, the fungus and its denizens forcing humanity into smaller and smaller safe areas each year.Unfortunately for the people struggling to survive on the blighted Earth, they also have to contend with threats from the air Among the surviving technical wonders are a dozen or gigantic, mile long airships known as Sky Lords Once built for humanitarian missions and evacuations, these vast dirigibles have become decrepit floating cities, and they rule huge swathes of the world, collecting tribute from all those who live beneath them.Jan Dorvin lives in once such community, a matriarchal society of female warriors whose paying of tribute has pushed them to breaking point They plan to shoot down their Sky Lord a ship known as the Lord Pangloth and keep their tribute for themselves This decision will see Jan enslaved and set to hanging from a rope thousands of feet up to polish the failing solar panels on the floating home of her oppressors.It is here she meets Milo, a refugee like her, but possessed of strange abilities and a knowledge of science and the past that is odd for a slave Milo saves Jan from assault largely to preserve her for his own creepy advances and the two of them form an uneasy alliance as they embark on an adventure that will change the world and challenge the feudal rule of the airship cities.There s some great worldbuilding here, and it sucked me right in, despite their being a few weak points in the story Jan is an interesting character a young warrior woman used to ruling over men, who is brave, tough and resourceful Her hero potential as an ian ass kicker isn t really reached, however, as despite her strength she pinballs around between dominant men throughout the book, most of whom treat her as either a non entity or a target for rape Jan is forced to use sex to get ahead, and sometimes rather horrifically submit to being used Early on in the story she notes that sex given for survival or under duress is rape, and by her metric most of the sex her character is involved in is indistinguishable from that crime, which is pretty damn grim.Jan s lack of agency in her own story is capped off by somewhat of a deus ex machina in the final act that involves a couple of machine personalities Maybe my reader s eye is a little jaundiced, but this development seemed a touch too convenient.However, the good stuff in The Sky Lords makes up for some of these weaknesses Brosnan s post tech neo feudal society is vividly alive, as is his blighted wasteland Likewise the imagined history behind it all is satisfyingly deep and well thought out The characters and their backstories are genuinely interesting and my curiosity as to how the world was blighted drew me through the narrative like a carrot hanging before a hungry horse I m genuinely looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy, where I hope Jan will be given the stronger role her character deserves.Despite its flaws The Sky Lords is an entertaining, ish read that kept me glued to my reader It took me a quarter of a century to return to this bleak and beleaguered world, and I loved finally learning the backstory of a novel that my teenage self loved I really should have gotten around to reading it sooner.Three point five aggressive mushrooms out of five.

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    I read this one when I was a teenager You see, I used to read an awful much of SF when I was a teen Wait, that one is still true I still love reading SF and that is probably never going to change You know how I can tell I can recall everything that happened in this novel at doing so I realize I need to see about those sequels I distinctly remember how much I enjoyed this one, despite the thing that it grossed me out a bit or maybe that was a part of it It probably wouldn t gross me out as much nowadays or maybe it would Yeah, there are some definitely gross things in this one Mad ones as well But oh how deliciously mad We re talking about a genetically altered and quite chaotic world whose decadent ruling class is flying around in zeppelins The protagonist is a lesbian and the villain is a brilliant sadist If you can t handle descriptions of violence, you might want to skip this one They are not terribly long, but they re pretty graphic The protagonist of Sky Lords is a young woman growing up in a post genetic wars society The world where she lives is ruled by nobility flying around in zeppelins hence the name sky lords Sounds interesting It is because it is, silly Jan, our interesting protagonist, lives in an society, created in an artificial kind of way You see, women were genetically engineered to be taller and stronger than men because women are by nature less violent Someone got this great idea it would be good idea if they the ladies are in charge of things This society sounded interesting to me, but the author didn t really elaborate on it too much Jan is naturally influenced by this society It is interesting to note that she feels a bit inferior because she is a little shorter than the average This made me think of The Brave New World Nevertheless, Jan is still very much an , albeit a one that is a bit sensitive.However, our young protagonist is taken from this interesting society and has to, or less, struggle quite desperately for her life for the rest of the novel Things just seem to go from bad to worse for poor little her, but in a way that makes novel very entreating to read As Jan is trying to survive and find her place among the zeppelin ruling class, we get introduced to other characters who are , often than not, a poor excuse for a human being, but that seems to be the norm with this one If we want to read about greed and power struggled, pick this one Without revealing too much, let s just say that the only likeable creature to be found was a talking pantera.Besides our lovely protagonist, the only character that stands out for me is Milo intelligent, sadist, manipulative he is superbly portrayed It is ironical that he is all things that his name would imply he isn t The novel does explore the dark side of humankind often than not Milo could be considered the incarnation of that dark side Despite all that, it is hard not to be fascinated by him He is not a two dimensional villain He is endlessly fascinating and there seems to be some kind of aura of power around him that you as reader can sense However, I must say that the characterization doesn t really go into dept Jan and Milo are the only ones the reader really gets to know The story is fast paced so it could be said that it doesn t leave a lot of space for character development YET..How come that I remember reading stories that were just as action packed and that had credible characters We must admire the way Jan is determined to survive, her will to go on but wouldn t it be nice if we could see of the character development Her upbringing in a feminist society is hardly ever mentioned once she gets captured, it would be nice if there was some inner battle going on that would make the transition realistic.This novel isn t without its flaws, but it is a lot of fun to read Brosnan was very imaginative about possible uses of genetic manipulation and engineering and the consequences it could have on human society He does seem to have a lot of ideas about it and in his hands this topic doesn t feel as something already seen to0 many times He doesn t go into psychological states of the characters nor does he create a complex moral dilemma that will make you think in a way the great ones do Brosnan creates a great story set in an interesting world, a story with a cool protagonist, a story that keeps you engaged What to ask for Take it for what it is Not the best SF novel ever written, but a pretty good one.

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    Now, this is what I call SF Very good SF The protagonist is a young women who grows up in a post genetic wars society The world where she lives is ruled by nobility flying around in zeppelins hence the name sky lords Sounds interesting She lives in an feminist kind of society, where women are genetically engineered to be taller and stronger than men because women are by nature less violent.Someone got this great idea it would be good idea if they the ladies are in charge of things She seems to be a little shorter than the average, but still very much an .However, our young protagonist is taken from this interesting society and has to , or less, struggle desperately for her life for the rest of the novel Besides our lovely protagonist, the only character that stands out for me is Milo intelligent, sadist, manipulative he is superbly portrayed It is ironical that he is all things that his name would imply he isn t In Slavic languages his name could be translated as sweet or gentle etc The novel does explore the dark side of humankind often then not and Milo could be considered the incarnation of that dark side.Brosnan was very imaginative about possible uses of genetic manipulation and engineering and the consequences it could have on human society He does seem to have a lot of ideas about it and in his hands this topic doesn t feel as something already seen to many times.As I said, very good sf.

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    Pulp moderno G nero Ciencia Ficci n.Lo que nos cuenta Minerva es un enclave gobernado por mujeres en medio de una jungla repleta de especies animales y vegetales potencialmente letales Falta poco para que Lord Pangloth, una nave voladora de enorme tama o que opera mediante helio e hidr geno perteneciente a los Se ores del Cielo que llevan m s de tres siglos dominando el mundo, llegue a Minerva para recibir el tributo en cereales que exige desde hace mucho tiempo Como dicho tributo significar a la hambruna y el final del enclave, el Consejo valorar la opci n de atacar la aeronave Primer libro de la trilog a Los se ores del cielo Quiere saber m s de este libro, sin spoilers Visite

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    Ovo je jako dobro znanstveno fantasti no djelo, mo da i najoriginalnije znanstveno fantasti no djelo koje sam do sad pro itala Radnja se doga a u dalekoj budu nosti gdje se gradovi nalaze na Mjesecu, u svemiru i na Marsu Ljudi ive po nekoliko stotina godina, prestaju stariti u trideset i petoj, a ene imaju menstruaciju jednom u dvadeset godina Nebeski gospodari vladaju zemljom i svatko tko se nastani na zemlji, mora pla ati godi nji danak Nebeskim gospodarima, pa esto ljudi znaju gladovati.Tako je Minerva u Sjevernoj Americi morala pla ati danak, ive ke, ene su ve e od mu karaca i dominantnije.Glavni lik je Jan, isprva nesnala ljiva i osjetljiva djevojka koja ivi s ocem i majkom koja je sili da bomb stavlja u anus Knjiga po inje kad se Minerva priprema za napad nebeskih gospodara i kasnije biva uni tena, a Jan biva jedina pre ivjela i dovedena u roblje gdje je preuzima Milo, vrlo tajanstven lik koji te uvijek iznena uje.Knjiga pokazuje negativnu ljudsku prirodu i kako ljudska mo mo e sve odnijeti k vragu Skoro svaki lik je bio sadist i poreme en Svaki lik je bio edan za mo i i besmrtno u, ljudskim tkivima se raspolagalo kao obi nim materijalom Vrlo sam suosje ala sa Jan koja je bila bezbroj puta iskori tavana od strane drugih ljudi, ali ipak se snalazila Mo e se re i da je imala i puno sre e Osim Jan jedini po teni likovi su bili Ashley, Ceri i Carl Mo emo Ashely i Carla ne kontati, budu i da je Ashley hologram, a Carl softwer usput mi se svi ala crna pantera koja je na neki na in mogla govoriti.Od likova mi se svi ao i Milo, iako je bio sadist i nije bio druga iji od ostalih Bio je vrlo tajanstven, svako malo bi iznenadio ita a, a on je najvi e pokretao radnju.John Brosnan ima vrlo bujnu ma tu, vrlo je originalan, samo je dvedeset i prvo stolje e prikazao kakvo nije danas, ali opet, knjiga je napisana 1988 pa mu mo emo oprostiti.

  10. says:

    This was fun I knew nothing about the book going in and once inside I was always wondering where will this go next I ll admit that having finished it the conclusion seems logical sort of Well, maybe not This was a wlld ride from a ground bound matriarchal society which this poor reader had too short a time exploring before being whisked away to a giant airship where a normal society hardly seemed real before tearing off again The characters are also interesting from our lesbian hero to her sorcerer protector, warlords, disembodied teens, talking panthers, crazed robots Wheee Recommended for anyone who enjoys a good dystopic swashbuckling romp

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