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  1. Greg Greg says:

    Once again I'm a confused about what constitutes an award winning Science Fiction novel This book?Really?The jacket copy and a couple of reviews that I noticed mention the interesting linguistic aspect of the novel The copy gives a lighthearted assurance that it's not as difficult as say Clockwork Orange No mention is given of that book by Joyce Now you might be one of those people who claim love for that book Personally I gave it about fifteen pages and then ran a uick effort to satisfaction ratio in my head and realized that it wasn't worth the effort on my part This makes me an awful awful person Or it just makes me a person who realizes his own limitations Is aware of his own mortality and just doesn't feel the need any to check off certain books from some list like notches on the literary bedpost Instead I'll just kill my reading time with things like this Which reuire fairly little effort and give me close to zero satisfaction Yeah I'm not consistent For those of you who find the linguistic antics of someone like Burgess or Joyce to be too much let me possibly recommend something from the Avant Garde school of linguistic wordplay popularized by Bil Keane and at the heart of this book You may be familiar with this kind of groundbreaking work but if you are not let me give you a few examplesandImagine a society whose language was formed by Billy Dolly and Jeffy having mis heard and then gotten their own version of words replaced with the real words Brilliant? YesIn keeping with the Keanesean influence on this work I made my own crude attempt to break down the story through another of Bil's literary devices The dotted line Don't worry if you can't read the words in this picture you can't really read them on the original either But the one says six legged animal Because animals have six legs in this book And the other says In the Butt because a hawt teenage girl likes it in the butt so they don't get pregnant in this book It may come as no surprise by the title that there are some biblical themes in the book I found the book to be kind of repetitive and boring There are only so many times I wanted to hear about what an undemonstrative dick the main character was There were some interesting themes in the book but they weren't handled in a way that made them seem fresh or interesting I think this book with a little bit of tweaking might have made a fine YA novel Instead it's an award winning adult SF novel and once again in my head it seems like having some moral issues and a bit of creepy sexual innuendo euals award Better than Robert Sawyer though Oh yeah I'm supposed to mention that I got this book for free from either Netgalley the publisher author or through some other way that I get books to read before they are published Apparently it's a federal law to mention this for reals? and not just a cheap reason to float the shit out of my reviews I haven't been given any monies nor have I been coerced in anyway to write the review you just read Huzzah


  2. Mogsy (MMOGC) Mogsy (MMOGC) says:

    5 of 5 bright bright stars at The BiblioSanctum tells me Dark Eden isn’t the kind of book you can take at face value; I have a feeling it could spawn a dozen papers on sociology and human psychology if you were inclined to analyze it Heck I’m sitting here writing a monster of a review for it myself The book takes place in the far flung future on an alien planet but simply labeling it science fiction misses out on a lot of its themes too In some ways it’s almost like a hypothetical social experiment exploring the possible outcomes if a society were to emerge on its own completely cut off and free of influences from the rest of humankindThis scenario begins with five human beings stranded on a dark and icebound planet they dubbed Eden The planet is too far from its sun and the only inhabitable areas are those where the ground is warm and the lantern trees give off light Three of the original humans who arrived – Mehmet Michael and Dixon – decided to leave in their damaged spaceship to seek help from Earth but two opted to remain behind on Eden instead They were Angela and Tommy who did what they could to survive while they patiently awaited rescueApproximately 160 years later the story officially beings and the population of Eden has grown from 2 to 532 Collectively calling themselves “Family” all of them are the descendants of Angela and Tommy who had eventually settled down and raised children All this time Family has stayed together living in the area they call Circle Valley the site of the original circle of stones laid down by Angela to mark where the landing vehicle is supposed to return to when they come take them all back to Earth However with their numbers ever increasing Circle Valley is becoming far too small for Family and the surrounding resources are becoming depleted One teenager named John Redlantern changes everything when he proposes Family abandon their old ways to seek new expansion beyond the forest and over the mountains of Snowy DarkThe planet of Eden is fascinating home to a lot of bizarre flora and fauna It is shrouded in perpetual darkness so virtually all native species are bioluminescent Both predator and prey animals possess two hearts greenish blood six limbs and sometimes tentacles with light buds at their tips The names that Family have come up with to describe their surroundings give plenty hints as to what their world looks like “Snowy Dark” is what I imagine is the glacial mountainous area where nobody has ever crossed the “Starry Swirl” they always see in the sky is likely the Milky Way and names like “Longpool” and “Greatpool” presumably describe the various bodies of water they have nearbyBut even fascinating are the social implications behind a group that started and emerged like Family Maybe it’s the anthropology buff in me coming through again but I just adore speculative stories like these that theorize on human culture and its evolution What would happen if a small founding population of humans grew by itself completely separated from the rest of us? What would their society look like after many generations if left alone to develop on its own? They may come to adapt their own traditions perhaps learned from the original two parents but then altered through the years so that it eventually becomes very different Survival might take priority over all else stifling creativity and innovation Polygamous relationships may result from the need propagate and it’s possible that children are raised in groups by people other than their parentsIn Dark Eden Family either practices or shows a lot of these characteristics Further their language has already drifted and they have their own way of talking which comes across as childish sometimes if you think this might be an issue for you I recommend the audiobook; the childlike style is much less noticeable in the narration Words are invented like “Newhairs” to describe teenagers and repetition is used for emphasis saying “ dark dark” to mean “very dark” for example A few complex words are written out as they are spoken like “Any Virsry” for anniversary and “veekle” for vehicle There are also conseuences from the huge genetic bottleneck Various physical deformities and heredity disorders are present in a large proportion of Family presumably the effects of inbreedingDeeper and even fascinating still are the themes related to religion It’s probably no coincidence that the author decided to make his characters name their planet Eden and it’s interesting to me how Angela whom Family called the mother of them all eventually became an almost god like figure to them The story of how she and her companions became stranded on Eden which in essence only happened five or six generations ago has already taken on a legendary status told and retold with reverence Everyday objects that the original five arrived with that survived like computer keyboards or shoes are relics that are practically worshipped It is believed that one day men and women will arrive from the sky and save those who have kept faithful to Angela’s vision bringing them back to that bright and shining paradise called EarthThen of course there’s John Redlantern He’s an obnoxious and arrogant jerk really But because he dared to challenge the status uo literally breaking Family traditions when he destroyed Circle of Stones he becomes almost like a religious figure and a prophet himself a leader who brings his followers to a new land to start a new way of life John is highly unlikeable in this story but you have to wonder if every stagnating society needs someone like him to shake things up He could also be seen as the embodiment of the human spirit What does a story like this say about us? Is it in our nature to never settle when we can always have to always strive for the next best thing and to constantly seek truth behind the next mountain beyond the next valley across the next stream? And while we’re asking these uestions how about some other tough ones like are human populations inevitably doomed to violence and conflict? Are our social instincts to be gregarious so strong that we’ll always be so uick to shout down and shun those who threaten tradition or who don’t agree with the whole? CAN’T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?So many uestions So much material for discussion I love books like thisI’m also glad that the end of the novel brings some closure Even when you already know how things are likely to play out it’s nice to get confirmation and so I can move on Dark Eden can be read as a stand alone though there is a seuel coming out soon which apparently will take place far in the future of Eden’s timeline I’m looking forward to it so much Will the events that happened here with John Redlantern and his faithful friends Tina Gerry and Jeff eventually take the form of religious scripture for the generations to come just as Angela Tommy and their companions became a sacred figures for Family? I guess we’ll find out


  3. Algernon (Darth Anyan) Algernon (Darth Anyan) says:

    The best way I can describe this book is as a cross between Lord of the Flies and Avatar a group of astronauts gets stranded on a deserted sunless planet after going through a wormhole and losing all touch with Earth The survivors intermarry producing after several generations The Family a gathering of clans around the site of the rocket crash living precariously off the land hunters and gatherers and waiting for a rescue ship from home to find them and take them back to civilization The story is told at the level and through the eyes of 'younghairs' teenagers rebelling against the strictures imposed by Family traditions and the authority of their elders The re creation of human society by a group of youngsters marrooned on an isolated island enclave and the revelations about the role of violence in establishing authority are the elements that reminded me of William Golding The incredibly rich texture and diversity of the native plant and animal life on the planet of Eden with bioluminescence and heat regulating trees compensating for the absence of a Sun the exotic critters and the dangerous predators are the parts that seem inspired by David Cameron's vision “There are only two or three human stories” Willa Cather wrote “and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before” The story may not seem all that original when reduced to its basic elements kids leaving the safety of home and striking out on their own the clash between conservative maintenance of status uo and the courage to go out into unknown territory the short term versus the long term goals of society with particular application to the destruction of the environment and dwindling resources The merit of Chris Beckett is to transmute the individual plight of John Redlantern and Tina Spiketree into the fate of humanity; of exploring in the best tradition of classic SF the need of our race to keep pushing the limits and to reach for the stars literally It's not about individual survival or survival of the fittest in the most Darwinian sense but about the fate of the whole species Just as the Family is stranded on a cramped oasis of lush vegetation where population already outgrows food resources and is surrounded by dark and forbidding glacier wastes humanity is reaching the limits in terms of what the Earth can support and is turning its eyes away from Space exploration We probably need our own John Redlantern a visionary capable of energizing the imagination and the resources of a younger generation who can think longterm instead of instant gratification The trouble with Family you eat and you drink and you slip and you uarrel and you have a laugh but you don't really think about where you're trying to get or what you want to become And when trouble comes you just scramble up trees and wait for the leopard to go away and then afterwards giggle and prattle on for wakings and wakings about how big and scary it was I mentioned earlier the Young Adult style of presentation I should make it clear that YA is not a dirty word in my book When done right as in this case the story can reach across generation gaps and tackle as deep and important themes as the most intricate and self absorbed existentialist post modernist piece of highbrow literature A lively pacing and a concise literary style clear cut archetypal characters are not a sign of dumbing down the issues but of good storytelling techniue that is sometimes harder to achieve than page long disertations and internal monologues of tormented introverts The author does well I believe in capturing the degradation of vocabulary echoing in part the genetical deffects resulting from the limited genetic pool of the outcasts The prose gains an almost mythical dimension as in This is how history is written and legends are bornI should also make a mention that while the 'newhairs' at the core of the story are 12 14 years old they are really mature for their age and engage in explicit sex and violence not gratuitous or out of context but as a part of their journey of self discovery Whether this disualifies the novel or not from the YA shelves remains the decision of each individual reader according to hisher expectations and set of moral guidelines I for one see no problem in recommending the novel to a younger audience and would like to see it gain a wider recognition as a potential modern SF classic


  4. Kevin Kelsey Kevin Kelsey says:

    My full review is forthcoming but in the interim I discuss my thoughts on Dark Eden at length as a guest on the science fiction bookclub podcast Spectology that just went live and is available here


  5. F.R. F.R. says:

    Who the hell decides where the line is drawn between literary and genre fiction? If one takes Chris Beckett’s ‘Dark Eden’ for instance this is a beautifully written magnificently constructed work of art and yet because of its subject matter it will casually be shunted off to the ‘science fiction’ ghetto Now I’m not one to raise a lip of sneering to any form of genre fiction I love genre fiction with all my black heart and soul And yet I know as you surely know that when it comes to the mythical cannon genre fiction is not worth anywhere near as much pseudo gold as the latest puffed up offering by say an Ian McEwan or a Martin Amis – and yet this book is as brilliant as any you can put against itIt’s a novel which manages to get across almost another book’s worth of back story with incredible art and simplicity One hundred and fifty years ago or so two Earthlings were stranded on a distant planet This man and woman – this new Adam and Eve – had children and grandchildren and now a thriving community of 500 lives there Beckett’s interest in the nature of society is clearly passionate and he does not shun away from the fact that these people are horribly inbred with deformities appearing again and again This community lives in the same spot where their ancestors landed awaiting long overdue rescue from an Earth that not even the eldest member has ever seen However one day a young man decides to challenge the status uo and turn everything upside downBeckett’s depiction of this new world and the human tribes which have grown up is incredibly vivid and real As the book progressed it becomes science fiction which both looks forward and back A post spaceship existence where crossing a strange wasteland to get to the other side is every bit as daunting and frightening as it would have been to our ancestors in aeons ago huntergatherer times It’s a depiction which captures the reader envelops the reader and leaves the reader panting for The story bounds forward in a logical and yet dangerous way demonstrating the author’s absolute control over his material and creating an incredible smart passionate tense and wonderfully dramatic readI finished the last page knowing that I couldn’t wait to re enter this world


  6. Tyrannosaurus regina Tyrannosaurus regina says:

    I actually have a lot of really complicated feelings about this one On the one hand it has some fascinating worldbuilding and the development of language is of particular interest to me as are the social rituals and relationships that have risen on this new world Those aren't the reasons I picked it up but they're what I got out of it On the other it reads like a systematic removal of women's agency which makes me really uncomfortable I suspect this book will be triggery for some people too though the ways in which it might be are probably implied in the blurbAt the end the story leaves a lot of balls in the air but I feel like that's a function of how the story is told than a setup for a seuel Things are not wrapped up in a neat little bow but then when are they ever?Overall I thought it was good and once I got a feel for it I stayed up well into the night to reach the end which I had long since guessed but that makes it no less a powerful moment but I was left too uncomfortable—in the wrong ways—to rate it higher


  7. Cat Evans Cat Evans says:

    I was surprised to learn upon finishing Dark Eden that not only was it an Arthur C Clarke award winner but also that it had beaten Nick Harkaway's Angelmaker to the prize Angelmaker has its flaws but it's a solid and compelling story most of the time which I can't say about Dark Eden It plods It's predictable in its plot and the underlying ideas and I could have guessed the story in its entirety just from knowing the premise Not only is it linear and predictable it's underdeveloped with chunks of the plot happening just 'because' we are repeatedly told for example that in Family the society in which the book is set 'the time of women is over' and 'it was the men's time now' for reasons that fail to account for why the women of Family are powerless to stop this and why several characters simply choose to leave rather than attempt to fight the change There are in general some fairly unpleasant assumptions about gender roles underpinning this story the upsetting because Beckett's clearly tried to imagine a society in which gender roles aren't restricted to C21st Western expectations He's just done a very poor job It's not a terrible book I enjoyed it but it was a light read and not an outstanding SF novel


  8. Kend Kend says:

         Back in early April when I was first becoming disillusioned with my all academic reading list I found myself chatting over Gmail with a friend who keeps up with the publishing world far better than I do  She brought up Chris Beckett's latest science fiction novel


  9. ☼Book her, Danno☼ thepam ☼Book her, Danno☼ thepam says:

    DARK EDEN falls into the classic scifi genre sociology camp It's a book that doesn't focus on hard core technical science but rather on sociological and biological uestionsIn the case of Eden this means developing an eco system that isn't reliant on a bright cheerful sun and which is occupied by strange life forms and a small population of humans all descended from two peopleWhat worked for me was the world building It was innovative and interesting I also thought the human population was suitably rank being dominated by the extremely old and populated by the genetic problems that arise when you have excessive inbreedingWhat didn't work for me were the characters I never ever cared for them I understand John and appreciated his efforts to keep people from starving but the way he handled the problem was counter productive and didn't really jive with how intelligent he was supposed to beTHUS At the 85% point I threw my hands up into the air and said ENOUGH I don't freakin' care WHAT HAPPENED to elicit this response was a change in the narrative First we were no longer seeing events through the eyes of Tina and John We were getting Sue Redlantern and others telling us what they thought I barely know these people Why are they here at the end of the story?Secondly Tina changed No longer spirited she became whiny and no different than most of the oldmums back at Family In fact she changed so completely that she developed a new speech pattern which left her referring to John as that 'bloke' A word that was not previously amongst the few few simple words that the people usedAnd meanwhile back at the Old Family campview spoiler they've suddenly got religion and talking up how as they should have done for John by spiking him up like Jesus hide spoiler


  10. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    425 Chris Beckett writes page turning science fiction with deep theological implications I almost never read sci fi but in 2012 I devoured Dark Eden admiring it so much that I chose it as Greenbelt Festival’s Big Read that year it seemed especially appropriate because the festival theme was “Saving Paradise”Six generations ago a pair of astronauts landed on the planet Eden and became matriarch and patriarch of a new race of eerily primitive humans A young leader John Redlantern rises up within the group determined to free his people from their limited worldview by demythologizing their foundational story Through events that mirror many of the accounts in Genesis and Exodus Beckett provides an intriguing counterpoint to the ways Jews and Christians relate to the biblical narrativeWhile echoing environmental dystopias such as Brian Aldiss’s Hothouse or JG Ballard’s The Drowned World Dark Eden is surprisingly thought provoking on the subject of human knowledge and meaning It is a perverse parable in which evolution works in reverse and the boundaries between Earth and Paradise are unclear “I hate Eden this miserable dark place we’re all trapped in for bloody ever” one character complains “We shouldn’t be here that’s the real problem it wasn’t the world we were made for We were meant to live in light” Are the residents of Eden the innocent beneficiaries of a prelapsarian society or are they deluded nomads? Is Earth truly the perfect homeland they envision or do they possess Paradise already?Seuel Mother of Eden


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Dark Eden ❰Read❯ ➯ Dark Eden Author Chris Beckett – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk On the alien sunless planet they call Eden the 532 members of the Family shelter beneath the light and warmth of the Forest’s lantern trees Beyond the Forest lie the mountains of the Snowy Dark and On the alien sunless planet they call Eden the members of the Family shelter beneath the light and warmth of the Forest’s lantern trees Beyond the Forest lie the mountains of the Snowy Dark and a cold so bitter and a night so profound that no man has ever crossed it The Oldest among the Family recount legends of a world where light came from the sky where men and women made boats that could cross the stars These ships brought us here the Oldest say—and the Family must only wait for the travelers to return But young John Redlantern will break the laws of Eden shatter the Family and change history He will abandon the old ways venture into the Darkand discover the truth about their worldAlready remarkably acclaimed in the UK Dark Eden is science fiction as literature; part parable part powerful coming of age story set in a truly original alien world of dark sinister beauty rendered in prose that is at once strikingly simple and stunningly inventive.

  • Paperback
  • 404 pages
  • Dark Eden
  • Chris Beckett
  • English
  • 01 June 2016
  • 9781848874640

About the Author: Chris Beckett

Chris Beckett is a British social worker university lecturer and science fiction authorBeckett was educated at the Dragon School in Oxford and Bryanston School in Dorset England He holds a BSc Honours in Psychology from the University of Bristol a CSW from the University of Wales a Diploma in Advanced Social Work from Goldsmiths College University of London and an.