Quietus by Tristan Palmgren


A transdimensional anthropologist can't keep herself from interfering with Earth's darkest period of history in this brilliant science fiction debutNiccolucio, a young Florentine Carthusian monk, leads a devout life until the Black Death kills all of his brothers, leaving him alone and filled with doubt. Habidah, an anthropologist from another universe racked by plague, is overwhelmed by the suffering. Unable to maintain her observer neutrality, ...

Details Quietus

Release DateMar 6th, 2018
PublisherAngry Robot
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Time Travel, Science Fiction Fantasy, Adult

Reviews Quietus

  • Gary
    Good first contact stories are as much about philosophical interplay as they are about cultural differences. “You have a unique vision”, interdimensional traveler Habidah tells 14th century monk Niccoluccio, about halfway through Tristan Palmgren’s debut novel, Quietus. She continues, “All of the Abrahamic religions on this world do. Few in the Unity see the body and the mind as separate in the way you do.” Habidah is from the Unity, th...
  • Bradley
    Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC!This book is going to be a difficult one to review because it breaks a lot of normal conventions. The first half of the novel reads like a good outsider/anthropological exploration of our Black Plague from the PoV of a visitor from an alternate universe (the many-concurrent-universes brane). The second half reads like an outright space-opera full of huge ships and a truly immense population across space and branes ...
  • The Captain
    Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . .This book appealed to me because it's about anthropologists from another plane doing research on the Black Death.  Their plane is also suffering from a plague and they are hoping the research can save lives back home.  Anthropologists are supposed to stay neutral but one member of the team, Habidah, breaks the...
  • Mike
    3.0 out of 5 starsMy thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.With the assistance of a Carthusian monk, anthropologists from distant planes of the multiverse study the spread of the Black Death on Earth to better understand the plague that is ravaging their home civilization.Ah yes, the ol’ Carthusian monk meets transdimensional anthropologist story that we’ve all read a thousand times...
  • Coolcurry
    Quietus is a debut novel that combines historical fiction with science fiction. It has some elements I appreciated, but ultimately, I wasn’t wowed by it.Habidah, an anthropologist from another dimension, has been sent to our world, during the Black Death’s sweep over Europe. Her own home, a set of alternate realities bound together by an AI-ruled trans-dimensional empire, is being devastated by its own, mysterious plague, and the goal is to l...
  • Elaine Aldred
    It is the time when the Black Death swept across Europe, and the population, decimated by its effects and unable to understand the science of how it spread, thought the world was coming to an end.Into this tumultuous time comes Habidah and her team of scientists, closely observing the population in an effort to find a solution to the onierophage, a similar plague affecting the population of her own world made up of a vast network of political all...
  • Kam
    This review is based on an ARC given to me for free by the publisher, Angry Robot Books. This does not in any way affect my review. The novel is slated for release on March 6, 2018.... I think this story is, at its core, a call to action. I think it is quite clear that the world is not in a good place right now, that change is desperately needed if humanity is to continue surviving and living with itself for the rest of its existence. But as long...
  • Rachel Noel
    *Free copy for an honest review.This book does an interesting thing. It manages a tight balance between exposition, philosophy and story that keeps this book interesting. With as long as this book is and with as little action as there is, there was the risk of being boring, but Palmgren does a great job of keeping all the elements in line so that I was still engaged in the reading. I never drifted off or loss interest because all the elements at ...
  • Cheryl
    Spoilers Ahead!I really wanted to like this book. Actually half way through the book I thought it was one of the best science fiction/alternate history books I had read in a long time. Then bang! It fell of the cliff. The characters were well drawn, the author made you care about them. The scenes were well drawn, you actually felt like you were there. The problem is the conflict was meh....I just could not get into whether on AI was more evil tha...
  • Aimee
    To be fair, I didn't finish the book. I loved the first half of the book but then it seemed to go way off base. The imagery is great and the author has a lot of talent, I just wished the novel had stayed with it's original theme.
  • Runalong
    DNF - Unfortunately not my thing - I can see it’s very well researched but struggling to be invested