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, Time Travel

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...
  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    Edelweiss #2Many thanks go to Tristan Palmgren, Angry Robot, and Edelweiss for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.Sci-fi book about plagues and time travel in a nutshell. Except the nutshell is the size of a spaceship not a walnut. I'm not going to try to use any of the characters' names because my spellcheck will explode. Just know that one is an Italian monk and the rest are from somewhere else. It's the interaction b...
  • Roy
    This was an interesting novel. Part historical fiction with an outsiders view on the Black plague (more so an outsider from another world who just happens to be an outsider). This part is quite good. Loved the philosophical, sociological and historical aspects. I really enjoyed Niccolucio in this part. However, the second part becomes more a space opera sci fi novel, more akin to the front page. This part didnt do as well for me. I felt the sudde...
  • 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...
  • Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
    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...
  • Jacqie
    Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review.Although I didn't finish the book, I gave it a high rating, which is unusual for me. Here's why:The book is about a multiverse, part of which is ruled by supposedly benevolent AIs. However, a threat from outside this multiverse has the AIs send humans to research other worlds to see how calamaties have been handled (or not handled, as the case may be).The researchers that we follow ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Joseph
    Kinda unsure how there can be a unity book 2...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Cliff
    Some SF writers are turning from writing about one universe to considering the possibility of the multiverse and there being numerous earths. The first books I read using this as a plot device was the Long Earth series (which I must get back to). That postulated our earth controlling a number of others when inter universe transport became possible. Tristan Palmgren's take on the possibility is very different. Some of the worlds of the multiverse ...
  • James
    Well, this is definitely a book I'm having trouble figuring out my feelings about. Possibly because I found the entity revealed to be behind the scenes simultaneously offputting in its goals and perspectives, and in how central it became to the plot once I'd settled into a set of different assumptions about what the main conflict was. I did very much enjoy the setting(s) and overall concept, and Niccolucio and Meloku especially made for engaging ...
  • Cheryl
    I really enjoyed this book. It is broken down into two parts. The first part is a team of “alien” anthropologists studying 1300’s plague ridden Italy and the story of a Carthusian monk. Meanwhile, on the anthropologists worlds plague is occurring. From there we move into part two which turns into a space opera which brings in other worldly god like beings. These god like beings use the monk and anthropologists for what seems to be their own...
  • Kend
    This book is bonkers, but interesting. Take Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose and mash it up with, I don't know, a solid and thoughtful science fictional work like Ada Palmer's Too Like the Lightning , only with spaceships and things breaking in space, like Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice ... and you'll be somewhat near the mark. That is, the first half of this book is a novel of plague and the Black Death, only with some weird observers wit...
  • Kevin Groosalugg
    I received this book in a giveaway and was really hoping I didn't have to review it poorly. Luckily it delivered. Quietus is hard to pigeonhole, it branches a few genres and goes through several phases.A very advanced race sends human emissaries to an alternate Earth in another dimension to study how they are coping with the Black Plague. The book is dialogue heavy touching on lots of religion, philosophy, and politics. I found some of the politi...
  • Shannon
    I've grown very fond of SF books that straddle several sub-genres, so this was right up my alley. Part traditional space opera, part historical fiction, part first contact, all melded well together. I appreciated the gender parity among major characters, as well; still something SF can struggle with. I would love to read a sequel to this, but it stands well on its own.
  • Jay Quietnight
    Quietus combines unhurried pacing with solemn tone to create a story that feels like in should be read in front of a fireplace... in a rustic cabin... on the coldest night of winter. Definitely worth adding to your reading list!
  • Eddie
    Was very good first novel. I really like the original ideas, and the subject matter. Most of the way through the book the thought came to me that the entire book was mostly set up for one or two chapters in the end. But it was a Worth while read, I liked it. You probably will too!
  • James
    Not great, but readable. I'd recommend The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis instead.Overall, the writing was too dense and expository. The characters...a little wooden. The world-building was interesting, but only that.Would I read a sequel? Most likely not.
  • Aimee
    Goodreads giveaway
  • Rebecca
    The plot shifts pretty significantly about halfway through and I rapidly started to lose interest at that point. Gave up entirely around 75% of the way in.
  • Runalong
    DNF - Unfortunately not my thing - I can see it’s very well researched but struggling to be invested
  • Mike Stolfi
    If you're looking for an action movie, this isn't it, but it had interesting moments/perspectives.
  • Sunyi Dean
    Ambitious, unique, intriguing. Absolutely check it out.
  • Martin Blake
    Interesting story, not particularly well written. At the risk of being picky, the editing and proofreading is crap.
  • Nate Krenkel
    bought at Powells
  • Lee Schlesinger
    Some original concepts, but too long and too few surprises along the way to justify the time spent.