Descent

Descent By Ken MacLeod, Descent HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO FOR THE TRUTH Ball lightning Weather balloons Secret military aircraft Ryan knows all the justifications for UFO sightings But when something falls out of the sky on the hills nea
  • Title: Descent
  • Author: Ken MacLeod
  • ISBN: 9781841499413
  • Page: 497
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  • Descent By Ken MacLeod, HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO FOR THE TRUTH Ball lightning Weather balloons Secret military aircraft Ryan knows all the justifications for UFO sightings But when something falls out of the sky on the hills near his small Scottish town, he finds his cynicism can t identify or explain the phenomenon And in a future where nothing is a secret, where everything is recorded on CCTVHOW FAR WOULD YOU GO FOR THE TRUTH Ball lightning Weather balloons Secret military aircraft Ryan knows all the justifications for UFO sightings But when something falls out of the sky on the hills near his small Scottish town, he finds his cynicism can t identify or explain the phenomenon And in a future where nothing is a secret, where everything is recorded on CCTV or reported online, why can he find no evidence of the UFO, nor anything to shed light on what occurred Is it the political revolutionaries, is it the government or is it aliens themselves who are creating the cover up Or does the very idea of a cover up hide the biggest secret of all
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    1. Ken MacLeod

      Ken MacLeod is an award winning Scottish science fiction writer.His novels have won the Prometheus Award and the BSFA award, and been nominated for the Hugo and Nebula Awards He lives near Edinburgh, Scotland.MacLeod graduated from Glasgow University with a degree in zoology and has worked as a computer programmer and written a masters thesis on biomechanics His novels often explore socialist, communist and anarchist political ideas, most particularly the variants of Trotskyism and anarcho capitalism or extreme economic libertarianism Technical themes encompass singularities, divergent human cultural evolution and post human cyborg resurrection.

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    1. Can you imagine a wonderful, light science fiction novel set in Scotland, with delightful Scottish accents, spaceships possibly landing in the moor, and unruly Scottish boys with very wild imaginations Well guess what, as lovely as it sounds, you don t have to imagine it, Ken MacLeod already did it for us The charm of this lovely science fiction work is twofold A part of it is certainly the setting, especially for those of us who are mostly used to reading American fiction Scotland is very much [...]


    2. Let s do this one quickly I liked the little incidental details of Macleod s imagining of a near future Scotland I was interested, up to a point, by the rivalrous friendship between the main character, Ryan, and his worldly wise friend, Calum I wonder in passing if this is based on the friendship between MacLeod and his old schoolfriend to whom the book is dedicated, the late Iain Banks.The scene towards the end of the book about Ryan being in trouble for owning banned DVDs of the TV series Ana [...]


    3. Set in a near future Scotland, Ryan is a schoolboy who has a thing for conspiracy theories, secret jets, weather balloons and so on But one day when a silver object drops out of the sky knocking him and his friend out for a couple of hours, he really isn t sure just what he has seen On returning a couple of days later, the are has been sealed off and it is being cleared He is having weird abduction dreams and a visit from a Reverend who seems to have no record on the internet, he starts to think [...]


    4. ramble ramble ramblingI found this almost impossible to readd I think the author s style is terribly self indulgent.


    5. Read the description of this book, gaze off into the middle distance and imagine what this book may hold based on that, and you ll come up with something, no matter how mundane, infinitely satisfying than what lies between these pages I can t even begin to fathom how they came up with the jacket description for this book based on it s contents It s not about UFO s, well not after the first few pages, it s really not much about science fiction, unless you wish to count that it does take place in [...]


    6. Bit of a mess Some interesting SF ideas, wrapped up in an attempt at an Iain non M Banks feel, but falling down on Banks staples like party scenes, big bits of machinery, characters


    7. Heuh, comment dire un mixte entre une conspiration politique ou un d lire schizophr nique on ne sait pas trop o on va mais on y va avec donc Ryan qui a v cu ou pas une rencontre du 3e type dans un futur proche plut t trangement angoissant le blabla sur l organisation politique de cette soci t dystopique ne m a pas int ress et l intrigue n est pas assez sur prenante mon go t pour que je m y obstine jusqu la fin Clap clap application de ma nouvelle politique de lecture laisser tomber si pas de r e [...]


    8. This is a distinctly thought provoking near future science fiction novel concerned with conspiracy theories I was very keen on one of Macleod s previous novels, Intrusion, for its world building Here, again, the world portrayed is fascinating and convincing The politics are especially notable Although they occur in the background, it s clear that neoliberal capitalism becomes lethally destabilised by inequality At which point, China apparently intervenes in UK EU politics and a new social contra [...]



    9. I was skeptic about this combination between the conspiracy theory and political meditation, but Ken MacLeod is the ideal writer to create such an unusual hybrid.


    10. Ken Macleod returns to the themes of flying saucers and UFO abduction that he touched upon in the Engines of Light novels, but mixed in with his recent pressing concerns of surveillance society and indeed of society that have run through Intrusion, The Execution Channel and his other recent works.This is a novel of layered conspiracy theories, which questions what is real and what is deception and what if some deceptions are only there to cover up older, bigger deceptions, and so on I m finding [...]




    11. Overall, I liked Descent although I do have some reservations Generally, when I get to the end of a novel, one of the things I ask myself is whether I have gained deeper insight, acquired an alternative view, or have found something challenging enough to merit coming back to the content and chewing over some of the ideas The answer for Descent is a resounding Yes Ken MacLeod has researched many of the evolving developments in technology, science and society and has incorporated them, with some i [...]


    12. I find Ken Macleod to be something if an inconsistent writer When I first read the Fall Revolution novels they blew me away, with their mixture of hard science fiction and a very Scottish combination of politics and wry cynical humour The Engines of Light series, on the other hand, did nothing for me, I just found it a bit dull The Night Sessions I found to be a curate s egg in the true meaning of the phrase, basically bad, but with some good bits.The good news is that descent is definitely at t [...]


    13. Thoughtful, slow burning and filled with a deeply felt and ultimately transcendent humanism, this is the sort of SF novel that diehard genre fans go nuts for, but which is equally likely to leave non fans rather nonplussed.Non fans will also be wrong footed by the rather clumsy attempt of the publisher to market this as a UFO conspiracy thriller Well, it is, but it ain t You know, one of thoseAlong with China Mieville and Kim Stanley Robinson, Ken MacLeod is one of the most politically astute SF [...]


    14. I ve always enjoyed speculating about ufo s and whether or not they truly do exist and if they do, just who are they, where do they come from and what do they want Seeing the cover of this book, I have to admit I was immediately drawn to it as it was obvious this was a work of science fiction about ufo s It s basically the story of a young boy s encounter with something that changes him forever As he grows up, he never forgets about what happened on the hill and he reaches a point where he wonde [...]


    15. The cover art and strapline on this novel is somewhat misleading It certainly misled me I was expecting a novel on the psychology of alien abductions, especially since the novel opens with an incident which could be described as a close encounter although the two teenagers involved are too sceptical to fully subscribe to it However, as the story progresses it turns into a commentary on the machinations of government and corporations in a near future Scotland suffering from an economic meltdown A [...]


    16. HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO FOR THE TRUTH Ball lightning Weather balloons Secret military aircraft Ryan knows all the justifications for UFO sightings But when something falls out of the sky on the hills near his small Scottish town, he finds his cynicism can t identify or explain the phenomenon.And in a future where nothing is a secret, where everything is recorded on CCTV or reported online, why can he find no evidence of the UFO, nor anything to shed light on what occurred Is it the political revolu [...]


    17. I am not usually a Sci fi fan but I saw Val MacDermid talking to the author on an edition of Artsnight and was sufficiently intrigued about the idea of speculative fiction based in the everyday that I hunted down this book.The story is set in near future Glasgow and two sixth form boys revising for exams take a break in the fog laden hills What then appears to be an extra terrestrial encounter occurs and the consequence has an impact on the rest of Ryan s life The book then moves forward chapter [...]


    18. Another great book by Ken MacLeod, although somewhat diverging from my own tastes I preferred his earlier, overtly political works Which is not to say that there s not plenty of politics in this, just that it s largely sketched in, and not as well defined as in his other books That makes sense, I suppose this is a book that s very much about ambiguity You ll just about need a scorecard to keep up with what s true and what isn t at any given point, in fact and although the truth may set you free [...]


    19. Descent marks something of a return to MacLeod s earlier work in terms of focus and themes It continues to engage the surveillance state and British complicity in the War on Terror The start of the book dragged a bit and I was less than patient with it The narrative pace and characterization picked up and drew me in to the book and it ended satisfactorily The narrative itself seems to be very much in dialogue with Iain Banks s The Crow Road.


    20. This book, uncharacteristically, left me baffled Baffled about the political implications of a number of the actions taken by the protagonist, baffled about elements of the final scene, baffled indeed about the very point of the book I m sure many people followed the book as it went along and enjoyed it Alas, much of it went over my head A decent book, well written and intelligent I m sure , but not one I particularly enjoyed in the end As the fault is at least partially mine, I ve tried not to [...]


    21. Well, this was an unexpected treat I have felt Ken MacLeod s later period stuff has lacked something and the last one was just downright depressing This was much better Tight and gripping I enjoyed the postivity of his central premise A fresh take on the postwar consensus and a possible happy ending for the state of the world as we currently see it I actually felt the whole UFO bit was superfluous but that s just personal taste Given I stayed up until I had finished it I think I can safely say i [...]


    22. A strong return to form from Ken MacLeod Ryan and Callum are teenagers when an incident , which might involve UFOs, but then again might not, affects them out of a clear blue sky.MacLeod has not finished with his focus of the surveilance state, and the machinations of governments and corporations against the better interests of citizens, but Descent has an altogether optimistic tone than either Intrusion or The Restoration Game One of the best for the year.


    23. A good book about a near future conspiracy in Greenock that starts with a possible alien abduction and then continues on about the lives and loves of a small group of people in a nicely drawn near future that for a change feels realistic, mixing the genres of cyberpunk, chick lit and political thriller this is the sort of scottish book that should be read by everyone interested in actual scottish literature.


    24. I enjoyed this book but mostly for MacLeod s writing, the Scottish setting with accents , and the overall tone The story as a whole never really cohered into any kind of conventional plot or tale That isn t necessarily a bad thing but people looking for an exciting UFO thriller or the like are going to be disappointed This is as much about a person growing into an adult in an odd world as it is about anything else.


    25. As an Edinburgh resident I enjoyed the local settings and the near future somewhat dystopian settings The story line is I think deliberately misleading and takes a number of convoluted turns so that in the end the reader is confused as to what is reality , and how much does that matter if the outcome is less bad For the most part the novel proceeds at a cracking pace, but gets and mired in confusion towards the end or is it the beginning


    26. This is clearly a distant prequel to the _Cosmonaut Keep_ series It s effectively the bildungsroman part of many of Ken Macleod s books, in which the protagonist goes through early adulthood in a newly socialist utopia, expanded to novel length Interesting approach to the Men in Black But it really doesn t feel as if it s doing anything Ken hasn t done before, which is a bit sad for the writer of the incredibly inventive Fall Revolution or the joyful Learning the World.


    27. What starts off as an interesting if archetypal ufo incident story becomes a plodding YA drama that makes a science fictional future Scotland sound, quite frankly, dull It s taken me quite a while to finish because there just wasn t anything I could relate to that would keep me turning the pages I know I m way outside the book s target demographic but it s left me just feeling old.


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