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Winner of the 2012 Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis for best German science fiction novel, Lord of All Things is also a story about love against all odds.They are just children when they meet for the first time: Charlotte, daughter of the French ambassador, and Hiroshi, a laundress’s son. One day, Hiroshi declares that he has an idea that will change the world. An unprecedented idea ofWinner of the 2012 Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis for best German science fiction novel, Lord of All Things is also a story about love against all odds.They are just children when they meet for the first time: Charlotte, daughter of the French ambassador, and Hiroshi, a laundress’s son. One day, Hiroshi declares that he has an idea that will change the world. An unprecedented idea of how to sweep away all differences between rich and poor.When Hiroshi runs into Charlotte several years later, he is trying to build a brighter future through robotics. Determined to win Charlotte’s love, he resurrects his childhood dream, convinced that he can eradicate world poverty by pushing the limits of technology beyond imagination. But as Hiroshi circles ever closer to realizing his vision, he discovers that his utopian dream may contain the seeds of a nightmare—one that could obliterate life as we know it.Crisscrossing the globe from Tokyo to the hallowed halls of MIT to desolate Arctic islands and Buenos Aires and beyond—far beyond—Lord of All Things explores not only the dizzying potential of technology but also its formidable dangers....

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Lord of All Things Reviews

  • Althea Ann
    2019-02-07 19:02

    WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED HERE?Andreas Eschbach’s ‘The Carpet Makers’ impressed the hell out of me. I’ve been going around for a few years now, recommending it to all and sundry. I was wildly excited that he had a new book coming out in English, and bought it the very first time I saw it up for sale. I even recommended it to others before reading it myself. I hereby rescind that recommendation.I would never in a thousand years have guessed that this book was by the same author. There’s no similarity. It’s definitely not an issue of translation, either – it’s a matter of content.I feel like the book aims at being ‘a thinking man’s thriller’ – but it fails both at introducing new and fascinating philosophical concepts and at being thrilling.Hiroshi is the half-Japanese son of a laundress working at the French embassy in Tokyo. He’s a precocious robotics genius whose skills lead him to befriending the ambassador’s young daughter, Charlotte. His situation leads to an early awareness of class differences and wealth disparity, which instills in him the ambition to someday eliminate poverty from the world. And he has a plan as to how to achieve this goal! (Don’t hold your breath though – the author is coy about what this idea is for over half of the book, and when it’s finally revealed, it’s quite underwhelming and unoriginal.)After a slow and didactic exposition of these younger years, deus ex machina in the form of a previously-absent billionaire father allows Hiroshi to move to the United States, experience culture shock, and attend MIT.Then, in a third section, an unlikely concatenation of coincidences causes Charlotte to be present at the discovery of what seems to be super-powerful alien technology – technology that Just Happens to look just like what Hiroshi, now an eccentric recluse, has been working on.The first two parts of the book are slow-moving personal drama, mixed with occasional didactic insertions of Liberal Thoughts. The third part comes off more as an attempt at a Michael-Crichton-style thriller. In striking contrast to the didactic insertions, the actual subtext of the book is very, very conservative and offensively sexist. Charlotte, a main character, seemingly exists only to be Hiroshi’s Muse (explicitly stated). Without him, she wanders around lost and accomplishing nothing, looking enviously at the women around her who have become personally fulfilled by bearing children, doing housework (yes, really), and caring for their men. The book features a number of different geographical and cultural locations. None of them are portrayed convincingly. I find myself doubting whether the author has ever visited Japan or the United States, let alone the Arctic. The Japanese and Louisianan settings were just nonexistent and neutral. The Boston setting – especially to someone who’s actually been on both the Harvard and MIT campuses plenty – is just flat-out wrong. I feel like the author did his research by watching some 1980s frat-house comedy movie. He also has the definite opinion that ANY woman enrolled at MIT or Harvard is there to “achieve her MRS. Degree” and once she catches the right husband, she’ll be happy. No one at these schools seems to put much thought or time into their studies.The worst part (or maybe just a bit that epitomizes and illustrates the whole attitude of the book): Ok, there’s an Artic research expedition going on. Two men, two women. One of the men is taking photos for the media. He says: “Ladies! … Could you do something that looks like you’re working? From over here it looks like Adrian [the other guy] is doing everything and you two are just standing watching.” The ‘girls’ giggle and respond “Well, that’s what’s happening, isn’t it?” Then the guy directs them what to do so it *looks* like they’re competent researchers, for the press. Throughout the book, it’s like this. Men are the ‘doers.’ Charlotte has a special talent, but it’s just something she’s born with, not something she works at or uses effectively. Over 650 pages, this gets really aggravating.I’m adding one star for a cool (and devastating) theory as to why, in a galaxy filled with planets, we’ve never been contacted by alien life. But that’s one worthwhile paragraph in a book that overall, is not worth the time.

  • Jennifer Collins
    2019-01-21 14:07

    Eschbach's Lord of All Things is a weave of nearly every major genre you could search out--though a science fiction novel at heart (at least by the end), it includes elements of romance, mystery, drama, horror, suspense, adventure, and even some small element of the supernatural. Probably, the book will lose some readers exactly because of this variety, but for many readers, I think it is exactly this variety that makes the book so impossible to walk away from. Perhaps because I read so little science fiction, this mix was especially effective for me, and might be most appealing to readers who have truly eclectic tastes...but one way or another, I'd expect any reader to find some entertainment here. And, importantly, the book is also a careful and believable exploration of day-to-day struggles--crazy as some of the events are, and extraordinary as some of the characters are, Eschbach never forgets that normal struggles and fears are at the base of any individual, and he does an admirable job of allowing those concerns to make his work all the more powerful and believable without ever losing the drive that comes from dipping into the genres noted above.Following the lives of a man and woman whose lives boomerang against each other time after time, and taking its seed from a young boy who lives in poverty and dreams of fixing the world and, most importantly, eliminating poverty, the novel is magnificent in scope. Moving across the globe and landing in such settings as Boston, Tokyo, Scotland, the Arctic, and Buenos Aires, as quickly as the novel moves, it never becomes tedious or predictable--or rather, when you think it might be predictable, Eschbach takes an unprecedented turn that, in hindsight, fits perfectly, even as much as readers wouldn't have seen it coming.On the whole, this is one of those works which, long as it is, can barely be put down for sleep once a reader has really begun, and there's something here for nearly everyone. True, it has some faults. Some scenes seem more tangent than necessity (especially in the first portion of the book), developing characters and motivations that only become clear much later and giving time to perhaps one too many subplots. And, really, only the two primary characters in the book are fully fleshed out and developed as much as one might hope for all of the characters. But, while some readers may end up seeing Eschbach as attempting too much...I have to say that I'll read anything else of his which I can find in translation. Whether you read this and become fascinated by the scientific drive, the politics of achievement, or the simple drama of living, there'll be something here to keep you involved.Absolutely recommended.Oh, and on a sidenote, I also need to mention that this book was received through the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway Program. I signed up for it on a whim, and I'm not sure how I lucked into getting it, but I am so glad that I did!

  • Ryandake
    2019-01-22 22:10

    this review refers to the audiobook version.i think the title is missing a punctuation mark: Lord, Of All Things.i'm going to go on a bit in this review, and be SUPER-SPOILERY. consider yourself warned.......still with me? ok let's this the Andreas Eschbach who wrote The Carpet Makers? really? the same guy, not his evil twin? cause i adore The Carpet Makers. it rocks on so many levels, from its construction to its conclusions. but Lord of All Things... lordy, lordy, lordy.let me get the good stuff out of the way, since it will be brief: there are some really interesting scientific ideas in this book, and for the most part they're explicated clearly and not at mind-numbing length. Eschbach balanced the needs of story against the need for education pretty well, and this is very much more easily said than done. the opening, introducing us to the lonely child and proto-geek Hiroshi and the diplomat's daughter Charlotte, was also rather fetching. there you go. that's all the good the book's all about Hiroshi's desire to see the development of nanotech, so that nobody will ever have to do a McJob again. he wants to see everybody have all the toys they ever want without having to slave away to get them. if he can only just get his assemblers right...Hiroshi also desires one other: Charlotte. altho one can hardly understand why! Charlotte is such a spineless dishrag of a character, never really wanting anything her whole life, apparently. she just sort of drifts through the book like a dandelion seed, being in the right place at the right time for Hiroshi to explain things to her and to divest him of his virginity. she even generously develops brain cancer at the end so that Hiroshi can come save her from death with his super-duper nanites. the women in this book...'s the deal: not a woman passes through the pages without being described down to her navel (innie or outie). guys are described by their qualities; women are described by their appearance. and then criticized! as in, she could have done something better with her hair; she should never wear purple with that skin color. whatever. which is perhaps just as well, because no woman in the book ever seems to want to accomplish anything--presumably then they can just stay home and pluck their eyebrows.this is not an example of an author trying to understand the opposite sex, and failing. this is writing the opposite sex purely from the point of view of (yep, you got it) the male gaze. with a heaping helping of male wish fulfillment.and it is absolutely infuriating in this book, cause it's on every page.other weirdness abounds: part of the book is set in the US, presumably in contemporary times. but it sounds like a totally weird mix of now and the 1950s. the sexual politics in particular are so 1950s they're almost laughable. maybe hookup culture doesn't exist in Germany (where Eschbach's from)? in Eschbach's US, women have sex with importunate men to get them in a marrying frame of mind. so that the women can then quit this educational foolishness and have babies.ok, ok, trying to cool my jets on the women. really. i'm! Hiroshi leads a stereotypically solitary geeky life, working against the fools who would sabotage him at every turn, to get his nano-machines going. other than that once with Charlotte, women don't get on the radar unless he needs a housekeeper. because he's dedicated, you understand? he's dedicated. we are told super-often that he's dedicated, just in case we might forget. we're supposed to admire this rather than find it a little obsessively creepy. things bounce along through a number of pretty improbable events until we get to the end. Hiroshi's used nanotech flowing from his brain (his actual meat-brain, not the metaphorical one) to cure Charlotte's cancer and ridden off into the sunset, because of course government baddies Can't Allow Him To Live. he builds himself a nano Mandelbrot castle in the awareness that he'd rather die than be held captive. and then he commits ritual seppuku.what?!?!? this guy who has never, not on any page of the book, showed any interest whatsoever in his native culture?!!?!? he suddenly gets out the short sword and the white robe, writes his death poem, and romantically exits the stage to the weeping of a nano-shamisen?lordy, lordy. i could go on, there's just so much in this book that'll flay your sensibilities. i had an occasional sneaking suspicion while reading this that the publishers translated some early work of his and served it up in English as a contemporary work. i'll have to check this out, because this is not the Eschbach i know. this is a far, far less mature writer, in every sense of the word.go read The Carpet Makers instead.

  • Alexandra
    2019-01-29 14:12

    Am Anfang schien dieser Roman von Andreas Eschbach ein wirtschaftliches bzw. moralisch ethisches Konzept zu beinhalten, wie man für alle Menschen Reichtum gewährleisten könne, und auf die Antwort war ich sehr gespannt. Nach einer traditionellen technisch in sich konsistenten theoretischen Lösung des Problems inklusive aller nachhaltigen Ressourcen- und Energiefragen bzw. -restriktionen bleiben wirklich nur noch gesellschaftliche Fragen übrig, was Menschen ohne Arbeit dann mit sich und ihrer Umwelt anfangen würden. Eschbach vollführt an dieser Stelle der Geschichte die erste wunderbare Wendung, indem er ein epochales Scheitern des praktischen Experiments konstruiert, das ebenso logisch wie simpel ausgedacht ist und das tatsächlich einem perfektionistischen Techniker in der Theorie entgangen sein könnte. Herrlich! Dann dreht sich die Geschichte erneut um 180 Grad zu einem netten Liebesroman, in dem die beiden Hauptprotagonisten einfach nicht zueinander finden können und als mir gerade ein bisschen langweilig wurde, befinde ich mich innerhalb von ein paar Seiten in einer Szenariokombination von Lems Unbesiegbaren und Terminator 2 - Wahnsinn! Zum Schluss werden auch noch Alternativhypothesen bezüglich der Existenz von Ausserirdischen in unserem Universum aufs Tapet gebracht, die als Forschungshypothese genauso fundiert sind, wie die heute wissenschaftlich anerkannten Theorien. Ich liebe die Logik des Autors und bin wirklich froh, dass er Luft- und Raumfahrt studiert hat, um mit seinen Hintergrundwissen solche Stories schreiben zu können.4,5 Sterne (aber aufgerundet) denn die Liebesgeschichte war mir um eine Nuance zu lang :-)Fazit absolut lesenswert, dieser Roman der viele ethische, wirtschaftliche, romantische, klassisch technische und Science-Fiction Elemente aufweist und daher für mich sehr schwierig einzuordnen ist.

  • Bill Back
    2019-02-06 16:56

    I'm not even sure how I got this book in the first place, but it was on my Kindle, so I read it. And am I ever glad I did. It was fantastic. The book is ostensibly a science-fiction book and it certainly has a lot of the classic elements of good sci-fii. But more importantly, this is a book about well developed characters, which are my favorite kind. I won't give away the details of the book, but it involves multiple characters with their own story lines that all interact over the course of decades. If you like a good story with well developed characters, this book is a good choice. Note: There is an English version, which is the one I read. I'm hoping some of this author's other books are translated to English as well, since my German is terrible.

  • Aleshanee
    2019-01-31 17:00

    Zum InhaltDas Buch beginnt recht ruhig mit dem Leben von Hiroshi in Tokio, der zusammen mit seiner Mutter in einer beengten Wohnung gegenüber der französischen Botschaft aufwächst. Als er zufällig die Tochter des französischen Botschafters, Charlotte, kennenlernt, ist er grade mal 10 Jahre alt, doch obwohl die beiden getrennte Wege gehen, scheint das Schicksal andere Pläne mit ihnen zu haben. Auf seinem Lebensweg begegnen Hiroshi ständig die Unterschiede, Hürden und Dogmen, die die Gesellschaft sich durch das Geld geschaffen hat.Durch seine Mutter hat er schon als Kind lernen müssen, welch großen Unterschied es macht, ob Menschen viel oder wenig Geld haben. Seine Gedanken kreisen um dieses Thema, denn im Laufe seines Lebens wird er immer wieder mit den Spannungen der Gesellschaft konfrontiert, die alleine aufgrund des Geldes entstehen.Doch er hat einen Plan und setzt als Erwachsener alles daran, dieses Ungleichgewicht aufzuheben: er hat eine Idee, wie alle Menschen gleich reich sein können ..."Es ging, was Reichtum anbelangte, in Wirklichkeit gar nicht um Geld, wie alle immer dachten. Es ging darum, wer die Arbeit tat!" S. 76Meine MeinungIch habe in einigen anderen Rezensionen gelesen, dass das Buch viel zu lang ist und man sich einiges hätte sparen können. Der Meinung kann ich mich nicht anschließen, denn ich fand das Buch von der ersten bis zur letzten Seite einfach nur fesselnd!Zuerst habe ich natürlich auch ganz neugierig darauf gewartet, was denn nun dieser Plan ist, wie Hiroshi Kato die Menschheit von der Last der Macht des Geldes befreien will - aber Andreas Eschbach hat mich so geschickt mit der Geschichte der beiden Protagonisten in den Bann gezogen, dass das gar nicht mehr so wichtig war.Dabei erzählt er aus der auktorialen Sichtweise und wechselt die Perspektiven meistens zwischen Hiroshi und Charlotte.Die beiden haben keinen einfachen Start ins Leben, jeder von ihnen trägt eine andere Art von Last. Gerade Hiroshi, in armen Verhältnissen aufgewachsen, spürt sehr oft, wie sehr der Besitz von Geld, oder dessen Fehlen, den Menschen beeinflusst, während Charlotte niemals finanziellen Mangel leidet, es ihr dafür aber an Gefühlen fehlt.Von ihrer Kindheit an erhält man einen Querschnitt ihres Lebens und wie das Schicksal zwischen ihnen die Fäden spinnt. Beide sind extrem eigenwillig und scheinen etwas gemeinsam zu haben; dabei kamen sie mir meistens vor wie Feuer und Wasser.Obwohl ich mit keinem von beiden wirklich wahre Freundschaft schließen könnte, habe ich mit ihnen mitgefiebert und mitgelitten. Eschbach hat es hier wunderbar verstanden, echte Gefühle und Gedanken zu transportieren, die manchmal unangebracht scheinen, aber gerade darum nur allzu menschlich sind. Hiroshi hält hartnäckig an seinen Zielen fest, wirkt aber immer einsam, ohne wirklich Ruhe zu finden. Getrieben von seiner Idee und dem eisernen Willen, seinen Plan in die Tat umzusetzen, muss er viele Brücken hinter sich abreißen.Charlotte ist ebenfalls einsam, aber auf ganz andere Art und Weise. Auch sie wirkt getrieben, doch hat sie kein Ziel vor Augen, auf das sie zusteuern könnte. Als würde sie nicht zu sich finden und eher unbedacht vor sich hin leben. Zur Thematik gibt es wieder eine wahre Flut an Gedankengängen und Handlungssträngen, bei denen man die Hintergründe gar nicht vermutet und trotzdem läuft es doch immer wieder auf das leidige Thema Geld und Macht hinaus. Egal, ob es um die Lebensgewohnheiten der Japaner geht, die frühe (die sehr frühe) Menschheitsgeschichte, eine Polarexpedition oder die Nanotechnologie - der Autor baut alles so geschickt in die Geschichte ein und ich bewundere immer wieder das ganze Wissen, das er mit einfachen Worten so beeindruckend vermitteln kann!Es klingt bunt zusammengewürfelt, aber es kommt im Laufe der Seiten immer mehr der Sinn dahinter hervor. Alles ist logisch aufeinander aufgebaut und obwohl ich nicht immer sofort wusste, wohin die nächste Entwicklung führen wird, war alles bis ins Detail konsequent und schlüssig durchdacht!Die erste Hälfte des Buches wächst langsam heran, was sich aber nicht unnötig in die Länge gezogen hat, sondern nötig war, um den Effekt zu erhöhen. Denn die Geschichte entwickelt dann plötzlich eine Eigendynamik, die die Spannung extrem erhöht! Von einem Moment auf den anderen passiert auf einmal etwas völlig unerwartetes und ich bin nur noch fassungslos und fasziniert durch die Seiten geflogen! Gegen Ende hab ich sogar tatsächlich in einer Szene Gänsehaut gekriegt und einige Tränen sind geflossen. Wieder mal ein sehr beeindruckendes Buch von Herrn Eschbach :)Manche Puzzleteile wurden etwas konstruiert auf den besten Platz gesetzt, aber das hat mich nicht wirklich gestört.FazitTrotz der ruhigen Atmosphäre und dem langsamen Aufbau der Geschichte war ich von Anfang an fasziniert. Wie Andreas Eschbach hier mit der Idee spielt und so viele abwechslungsreiche Facetten zeigt und dennoch beim Thema bleibt war ein genialer Zug. Der Überraschungseffekt mit einem eiskalten Guß ist ihm auf jeden Fall gelungen! Eine wunderbare Geschichte, die einen zum Nachdenken bringt.© AleshaneeWeltenwanderer

  • Wendy
    2019-01-22 19:05

    This is a difficult book to recommend. The ratings on Goodreads vacillate between 1-2 stars and 4-5 stars. Either you love it or you hate it. I'm going to go right down the middle. I didn't love it, but nor did I hate it, and I can see why readers on either side of the scale feel the way they do about it.The prologue offers an enticing hook: A young boy, Hiroshi, the son of a cleaning lady, promises his new friend Charlotte, the daughter of the French ambassador, that he will change the world by removing the distinctions between the rich and the poor. It seems like the promise of an idealistic child, as the story progresses from their childhood to adulthood, Hiroshi's genius and determination seems to be set to make his dream a reality. And though Charlotte does not believe as Hiroshi does that they are intrinsically bound together by fate, their paths continue to cross as Hiroshi sets about bringing a new world order.The story is mainly told through the eyes of Hiroshi and Charlotte, but several other people in their lives get PoV chapters to continually support or throw cogs in the wheels of Hiroshi's plans. It begins with the pair as children, then slowly moves through pivotal moments in their lives where they come together and separate. At first, this deterred me, as the next step in their process was a very annoying college age where too much time was spent with a particular character obsessed with making good use of his penis. It established the character well enough, and his return later made sense, but I could have done with less of him during his young adult years. I also didn't quite understand how this transition worked for the overall plot, until further, less annoying time transitions were introduced and Hiroshi's plans really started to come together. This is also where the science fiction aspect slowly started to slip in, as Hiroshi works to perfect his self-replicating robots that can do anything. Also of note, there is, as I understand it, real science involved, but Eschbach does not overwhelm with the descriptions. Often times, science fiction featuring brave new worlds begin when this world has already begun. Here, we see it being built from idea, upward--but we also discover, through links to Charlotte's unique paranormal ability, that perhaps things have been churning long before anyone ever imagined.This is a slowburn book. Neither the relationship between Hiroshi and Charlotte, or Hiroshi's world changing plans ever moves at a fast pace--nor do they go where one might expect based on the usual genre tropes. For this, I really did appreciate Eschbach's process, and I certainly liked his characters and their bittersweet lives.

  • Phoenixfalls
    2019-01-25 21:18

    Overall Satisfaction: ★Intellectual Satisfaction: ★Emotional Satisfaction: ★Bechdel Test: PassJohnson Test: PassWill I read more by this author? Maybe. Definitely not with this translator.I loved Andreas Eschbach’s previous novel, The Carpet Makers, currently his only other novel translated into English. It was very much an idea-driven science fiction novel, old-fashioned in a very good way, fitting nicely in the tradition of Arthur C. Clarke and Larry Niven and Isaac Asimov. And the translation by Doryl Jensen was superb, the prose clear and spare and elegant in a way that made the eventual mystery reveal more powerful.Unfortunately, I could not even finish Lord of All Things.It is a much more modern novel. The Carpet Makers was episodic, each chapter essentially a short story of its own where the connection between them was simply that each story brought the narrative a little closer to the big reveal of the ending. Lord of All Things, on the other hand, is a continuous narrative, following Hiroshi Kato’s life from his childhood in Japan to his college years at MIT to what I assume will be his adult life as one of the world’s leading robotics experts.The Carpet Makers’ strength was Eschbach’s (and Jensen’s) skill with building atmosphere, and with dispensing clues to the central mystery one by one at exactly the right pace to keep the dramatic tension rising. The strengths required by the story Lord of All Things seems to be telling are very different – this novel needs Hiroshi, at the very least, to be a compelling character, a character with charisma (for the reader, if not necessarily for the other characters around him). And with the number of words devoted to setting each scene it also really needs a writer with the gift of capturing a sense of place, the specific details that make it the French Ambassador’s compound in Tokyo or an MIT frat house instead of just a generic place where rich people live or place where college students get drunk. And for me, Eschbach failed at both of these elements, failed so miserably that I could not stand to read more than 160 pages of the 647 page novel.(Read the rest of my review on my book review blog!)

  • Bar Reads
    2019-01-31 16:12

    It starts in Tokyo with Hiroshi, the son of a laundress, and Charlotte, the daughter of the French ambassador.He watches her standing in her garden looking up at the sky with her nightgown, when it's all rainy, and he's fascinated by her.Later, he sees her throwing away a bag. That bag had a doll and Hiroshi took it and fixed it and brought it back to her. Each of them has a special capability we see in the beginning of the book;This is a sci fi book, but Charlotte has a bit of fantasy, where she can touch an object and instantly “feel” it's history.Hiroshi has an idea about something big, ans he writes it in his notebook and keeps it to himself.That started an epic journey of two people all over the world, starting very small and growing and growing until I couldn't contain my curiosity about what what happens next?It's written as a third person omniscient narrator, we have a lot of point of views in this book, and they are not defined by chapters.I love these kind of all knowing narrator point of views, they are less limited, but I do prefer it to be separated by chapters. It talks about nano technology, ancient cultures & social inequality.Charlotte and Hiroshi are very well developed, fully fleshed out and all the little things you see in the beginning and the middle, they all come together beautifully in the end, there is definitely a grand scheme and it very well thought out.I listened to it on Audible, it's a brilliant narration of multiple point of views done brilliantly.Iit was a good ending, narratively, you can see it was planned from page 1, very well thought out and fitting, it may not be wrapped up in a neat little bow, it may be a bit dark, but I could see it coming miles away, putting the pieces together, so I loved the ending, any other ending would be unrealistic and sugar coated and unnecessary.The one complaint I have about this book, and it's very minor, is that one the point of view characters was so one dimensional and stereotypical and I could have done without it.But it's a very small part of the book, some pov's only show up once in a while, so I wasn't particularly bothered by it.4.7 stars.

  • Tanabrus
    2019-02-13 21:06

    Dopo aver letto i libri di Eschbach tradotti in italiano sono dovuto passare alle loro traduzioni inglesi, posto che non posso leggerli in originale.E devo dire che probabilmente questo Lord of all things è il miglior libro di Eschbach che io abbia letto finora.Un libro mutevole e sorprendente, che cambia aspetto più volte cogliendo il lettore di sorpresa.Comincia mostrandoci i piccoli protagonisti della storia, Hiroshi e Charlotte, in Giappone, in quello che pare iniziare come un racconto YA.Due bambini di estrazioni sociali, culturali ed economiche enormemente diverse che contrariamente a ogni regola, a ogni divieto e al volere dei loro genitori, diventano amici.Poi diventa quasi un’opera Murakamiana con la scoperta dello straordinario potere di lei, in grado di vedere la storia degli oggetti che tocca, mentre lui diventa sempre più assorto e astratto, decidendo di sconfiggere la povertà eliminando il concetto stesso di ricchezza dal mondo.Vira verso il manga sovrannaturale quando un antico artefatto quasi cattura la mente della piccola Charlotte, lasciandola in un evidente stato confusionale.E tutto questo nella prima parte del libro.Poi passano gli anni, cambia l’ambientazione.Siamo in America, e siamo saltati in un libro di Doctorow. MIT, Harvard, robotica, feste delle confraternite ai college, ipotesi complottistiche sugli alieni, progetti tecnologici avanzatissimi.La carriera di Hiroshi sembra destinata a vette di eccellenza, ma l’incontro deciso dal fato con Charlotte (che ora studia antropologia ad Harvard) cambia tutto.Lei sta inseguendo il suo sogno di scoprire tracce di civiltà anteriori a quelle attuali, rivoluzionando la teoria di evoluzione umana dalle fondamenta, guidata da ciò che ha avvertito nel coltello del tempio, da piccola. Lui insegue il suo obbiettivo di eliminare la ricchezza dal mondo.E quando la sua carriera universitaria comincia a crollare sotto il peso di vendette e invidie, lo vede come un segno del destino che lo spinge ad andare avanti nel suo cammino.E da qui si susseguono i salti, alternando i punti di vista di Charlotte con quelli di Hiroshi.Seguiamo Charlotte mentre passa da un amore sfortunato all’altro, seguendo la sua chimera che però è sempre più irraggiungibile. Una ragazza ricca e priva di problemi, incapace di stare bene con sé stessa o di riconoscere ciò che prova realmente per Hiroshi.E vediamo Hiroshi passare dall’università a una multinazionale di Hong Kong dell’eccentrico signor Gu, scopriamo il suo piano per eliminare la ricchezza tramite la tecnologia, lo vediamo fuggire prima di venire inglobato dalla Cina e rinchiudersi in isolamento, lontano da governi e multinazionali, a riflettere sul suo fallimento e su come tornare in pista.Fino alla spedizione in Siberia di Charlotte.Nanotecnologia aliena, minacciosa e inarrestabile.L’arrivo di Hiroshi come consulente, la sua grande vittoria, il progredire del suo piano.E da qui, tutto corre verso la fine.E’ possibile cambiare il mondo, rivoluzionarlo?Può la tecnologia eliminare il bisogno di lavorare concedendo a tutti la ricchezza? Si può imporre con la forza un cambiamento simile?E se la storia si ripete, come evitare la distruzione del mondo a opera di chi possa studiare questa tecnologia per piegarla ai suoi fini?Una storia di fantascienza splendida e imprevedibile, scritta benissimo e che non lascia buchi narrativi di alcun genere.Per me assolutamente migliore dei tre libri tradotti in italia, che erano comunque ottimi.

  • Einar Nielsen
    2019-02-09 21:10

    If this is typical German sci-fi the German sci-fi is doing very well. It took me a while to get this book and I see from other reviews that some people don't like it. It starts out in one place and then becomes something completely different and repeats that trick a few times. For some time I had no idea where the author was going with this but then the end packs a really great punch and I didn't see it coming. The story throws around many interesting ideas and looks at them closely, even weaves them together in interesting ways. I would have liked the protagonist didn't inspect human cruelty when he was explaining his Utopian society, but that point is tackled (at least to some extent) in the last part of the book. The characters are the books main problem. I didn't like the male protagonist a lot, and secondary characters are sometimes the most interesting. Some antagonists didn't get there comeuppance, but life isn't always fair.So I definitely recommend this, but if you are picky on characters have a look at some other review to make sure this book is for you.

  • Pedro A. Ribeiro
    2019-02-18 18:03

    This is a wonderful book. It really surprised me, since I didn't expected for it to have such a variety of subjects going on.The plot twists are very well thought by the author, and the characters are very appealing as well.It's a great story to read about, and think about many questions that are raised about our existence as a species.

  • Jennifer Walker
    2019-01-31 17:19

    An interesting premiseI liked this book quite a bit, although it's a bit difficult to pin down why. It seemed to have a lot of extraneous stuff, and went on for longer than I would have liked, but the ideas proposed are quite fascinating.

  • Mihai Barbat
    2019-01-29 19:12

    I do not have a recent recollection of reading a book worse than this and I'm completely baffled as to why the germans awarded this young-adult wannabe saga with so many prizes."Lord of All Things" hits, one by one, in an amateurish frenzy, all the major faux-pas an author can make: "thought verb" abuse, boring walls of text that are never unpacked in credible dialogue, over explanations of ideas, weak character development, ridiculous female characters that hit all the male gender stereotypes, out of the ass twists that brutally turn the plot with the grace of a bulldozer running over a tulip plantation, nanotechnology spiced with pre-highschool science, a housemaid with a porn actress name and not to forget, ALIENS! With a book like this you get the urge to blame everybody in the production chain: the author (were you 14 when you wrote this?), the editor (what were you smoking man?) and the translator (you sadist mofo!). One could've easily chopped 400 pages out of the 650 to shorten the ordeal and story-wise nothing would've been lost.But my biggest pet peeve was how the author concocted this steamy mumbo-jumbo just to push his "uber-nerdy" idea and shove it down our throats like an engineer on a god damn mission. Every page in this book is a slave to the "grand" idea the author had at one point in his early young adult life: "how to solve poverty on the planet" and unlike Ayn Rand, which at least wrote a tolerable story around her shitty objectivist philosophy, this guy fails all the check boxes there are in the "how to write a story for dummies" book!Long story short this is the story of a little japanese nerdy boy, Hiroshi, who befriends Charlotte, a special rich girl that can tell the story of the owners just by touching their things. While playing in the garden of the french embassy in Tokio, Hiroshi gets the idea of how to cure mankind of poverty, but doesn't share it with anybody yet. The magic pair then gets separated, they go to university where they meet again by sheer luck. Hiroshi is still a nerd, sleeps with this unimportant filler female character and Charlotte sleeps with the richest douche bag from Harvard. It's at this point when Hiroshi breaks up with his girlfriend like one throws away a pair of broken shoes and Charlotte proceeds to give him some sex out of mercy. Charlotte's rich cheating boyfriend finds out that his woman slept around and proceeds to administer some whoop-ass to Hiroshi, but beating up a japanese kid was never easy so he cannot defeat the native ninja moves our little man has. Charlotte then dumps his ass, after she finally comes together and confronts him with all his infidelities, all by touching his clothes and getting the magic vibes of course. Why couldn't she have touched his pants before to find out?...we're never told!Our idyllic couple is again separated until one day when Hiroshi invites Charlotte to his special place on a remote island to show her his idea in practice: robots that could execute special tasks and combine in multi-purpose machines, able to self-replicate and save mankind from poverty. He really knows his ways with the ladies!Things go bad and Hiroshi's robots fail as they copy over their tolerance errors and his mighty plan fails like a tower of cards. Charlotte in the meantime proceeds to fill the void in her life by sleeping around with a bunch of more unimportant male characters while Hiroshi moves in with an old housemaid with a porno name: Patricia Steel! Hiroshi doesn't give up and takes his mission to the next level: nanotechnology. His idea is to just assemble matter, atom my atom, but he soon discovers the technology is not there for this. No kiddin'!You have to imagine that he also explains all this boring techno-crap to Charlotte with the patience a kindergarden teacher has with his class of toddlers. I read all these pages and my soul was dying with every page turn!We're at page 400 by now and the author decides to pull a 'deus ex machina' out of his ass and introduces Aliens. And not any kind of aliens, but an alien probe made with nanotechnology. How convenient! Hiroshi's problem is solved! Coincidence? I think not!Shit goes haywire and Hiroshi proceeds to save the day and merges with the alien technology. He develops god like powers and while being chased by the military he commits suicide in a very special way. Call me insensitive but the way he ended his life was the only thing put a smile on my face!SPOILER AHEAD: he uses the alien nanotechnology to make a japanese sepuku knife out of the 4 grams of iron in his blood. Left without iron in his blood, he suffocates and dies in a 3D fractal Mandelbrot! I kid you not!The book ends with Charlotte being given the remains of Hiroshi, the feather like knife made out of the iron in his blood and she looks back to the love that could have been between the two of them and proceeds to write the story of their lives together.Mother of god!

  • Safronia
    2019-02-11 18:20

    C'était trop long. Je testais un deuxième ouvrage de l'auteur des tapis de cheveux qui reste un de mes livres de SF préférés, mais là aïe aïe aïe...On dirait qu'il a voulu mélanger plusieurs genres: suivre la vie de deux héros, inventer une grande histoire d'amour, des vies d'aventures, de la sf des robots des extraterrestres des.....Non stop, il ne faut pas vouloir tout faire! Surtout en saupoudrant le tout d'explications techniques à rallonge. On sent que ce sujet le passionne mais pour des néophytes cela devient indigeste à lire...Dommage :/

  • Katharina
    2019-02-02 17:05

    Listened to this as an audio book, really loved it!

  • Twinslovebooks2
    2019-01-20 17:11

    Wow! Was ein Buch! Mir gefällt der chronologische Aufbau der Geschichte und das man die beiden hauptprotagonisten von klein Auf begleitet. Auch einige Ideen und Gedanken waren sehr beeindruckend. Auf jeden Fall empfehlenswert!

  • Bjoern
    2019-02-20 16:08

    Was einen immer am meisten berührt, ist, wenn einem das einzige genommen wird das letztlich wirklich zählt... Hoffnung.So fühle ich mich nach dem Ende dieses Buches, das mich von Anfang in in seinen Bann geschlagen hatte. Und was für eine Hoffnung hat Eschbach hier aufgebaut... vergleichbar midt seinem phänomenalen Roman "Ausgebrannt" begleiten wir in Herr aller Dinge den jungen Japaner Hiroshi durch ein Leben das nur einem Ziel gewidmet ist: die Armut zu besiegen, alle Menschen "reich" zu machen und ihnen ein Leben in Überfluss und Luxus zu ermöglichen.Das Mittel zu diesem Zweck? Er sieht es in Nanomaschinen, winzig kleinen Apparaten, die wenn sie sich selbst vervielfältigen dazu in der Lage sind in unüberschaubaren Horden in einem Augenblick riesige Mengen Materie auf atomarer Ebene in andere Dinge umzuwandeln. Häuser, Kleidung, Schmuck... man muss nur den Bauplan liefern und die Naniten produzieren es mit unendlichem Fleiss. Und da es ihnen egal ist woher die Atome stammen, können sie zudem aus beliebigen Rohstoffen neue Dinge produzieren, 100% Recycling ohne Verarbeitungsverluste sind damit möglich!Aber dieser Traum scheint unmöglich zu verwirklichen, bis er eines Tages durch den Zufallsfund einer Bekannten aus Jugendtagen die Lösung auf einem Silbertablett präsentiert bekommt... Und dazu noch mehr, unendlich viel mehr das er nie finden wollte. Entsetzliche Wahrheiten, die ihn zwingen zu entscheiden zwischen der Verwirklichung seines Kindheitraumes und der Zukunft der Menschheit!Und hier findet er statt, dieser perfide, dieser schleichende Raub dessen was das Buch in seiner ersten Hälfte so großartig gemacht hat... Die Zukunftsvision des Hiroshi Kato ist so phantastisch und so vielversprechend, dass sie leider nicht funktionieren kann. Nein, nicht einmal funktionieren darf. Denn was die Welt sorglos und glücklich machen könnte hat auch das Potential sie in Sekunden auszulöschen und wem würde man mit so etwas bedrohlichem schon trauen? Regierungen? Militärs? Geheimdiensten? Wahrscheinlich nicht einmal diese Gruppen selbst.Unter dem noch frischen Eindruck des Romans bin ich fast geneigt, ihn zum besten Werk zu erklären dass Andreas Eschbach bislang geschaffen hat. Nicht nur ist das Buch der Traum jedes Geeks, der sich auch nur am Rande mit den angeschnittenen Themen... Von Neumann Maschinen, Außerirdisches Leben, Nanotechnologie aber auch Anthropologie, Ökologie, allgemeiner Zukunftsforschung und der Frage wo kommt der Mensch her (solange einem nicht die Bibel als Antwort genügt) beschäftigt hat, mit Dutzenden intelligenter kleiner Diskussionen und Ideen in allen möglichen Fachbereichen und Trivialitätsstufen von Hard Science bis hin zu Roswell Verschwörungstheoretikern. Andererseits ist es auf seine ganz bizarre eigene Art aber auch so menschlich und emotional geladen (die zwei komplett verschiedenen Leben von Hiroshi und seiner Jugendbekannten Charlotte die sich trotzdem immer wieder überschneiden und berühren tragen dazu enorm bei, Charlotte ist ständig auf der Suche nach einem Sinn für ihr Leben und dem richtigen Partner um es zu verbringen und scheitert doch jedesmal grandios) so voll von wissenschaftlichen und politischen Überlegungen die eigentlich selbstverständlich und logisch sein sollten, aber doch den wenigsten Menschen wirklich klar sein dürften (zB wozu dient Geld wirklich, wer hat den Vorteil davon --> wieso gibt es Armut) ohne wirklich die Bodenhaftung zu verlieren und den Kontakt zu den Auswirkungen der gezeigten Entwicklungen zu verlieren, alles hat immer seine Folgen und manche Folgen sind gerade dadurch so erschreckend, dass sie bei der Formulierung eines Planes nicht einmal ansatzweise zu erkennen waren, aber doch unausweichlich erfolgen MUSSTEN!Ein weiterer Bonus, unerwartet aber nicht weniger erfreulich, ist, dass hier Eschbach wirklich einmal ein Ende geschaffen hat, das zwar nicht den Effekt von herber Schokolade verströmt, aber doch einen zufriedenstellenden Punkt beschreibt an dem die Geschichte sich auserzählt fühlt und man nicht den Eindruck hat am spannendsten Punkt eines Lebens im Stich gelassen worden zu sein (wobei das eher eine Jugendsünde war, der Nobelpreis und König von Deutschland hatten auch schon passable Enden, während das Problem des abrupten Endes eher Frühwerke wie Jesus Video, eine Billion Dollar oder Quest betraf). Eschbach + lesenswertes Ende = 100% Fangasmus Garantie!Ich muss bislang noch mein erstes Werk von Frank Schätzing lesen, aber auf dieser Ebene halte ich jederzeit die Fahne hoch für Andreas Eschbach als Deutschlands bestem Science Fiction Autoren der Gegenwart!

  • Keksisbaby
    2019-02-17 19:00

    Ich weiß jetzt, wie man es machen muss, das alle Menschen reich sindAls Kind scheint Hiroshi die Idee einleuchtend, die Kluft zwischen Arm und Reich einfach dadurch zu überwinden ist, dass einfach alle Menschen reich werden. Denn nachdem er sich mit der Tochter des französischen Diplomaten angefreundet hat, ist die beständige Ermahnung seiner Mutter sich vor reichen Menschen in Acht zu nehmen, allgegenwärtig. Als Erwachsener muss er jedoch erkennen, das die Lösung beileibe nicht so einfach ist, wie er es sich in seiner kindlichen Naivität ausmalte. Und doch ist da eine Logik in seiner Idee, der er sich einfach nicht entziehen kann. Getrieben von der Vision die Welt für immer zu verändern, vertieft er sich immer mehr in die Erforschung von Maschinen, die den Menschen unliebsame Arbeiten abnehmen und ein Leben im Überfluss ermöglichen sollen. Als seine Bemühungen an die Grenzen des technischen Fortschritts stoßen, kommt ihm außerirdische Technologie zur Hilfe, die seit Jahrhunderten auf einer verlassenen sibirischen Insel schlummert und die durch ein Forscherteam in Gang gesetzt wurde. Schon bald lernt er die extraterrestrische Nanotechnologie sich zu Nutze zu machen und wird *Herr aller Dinge*. Doch das ruft mächtige Gegner auf den Plan die alles daran setzen ihn aufzuhalten.Wieder ein tolles Buch von meinem deutschen Lieblingsautoren. Auch wenn ich mich am Anfang etwas schwertat mit der Geschichte und es etwas arg gespickt war mit technischen Details, so habe ich mich nicht eine Sekunde gelangweilt. Zum Ende hin, als die Alien-Nanotechnologie zum „Leben“ erweckt wird, wurde es sehr viel mehr Science Fiction als ich zu Beginn erwartet hatte, aber das tut dem Ganzen keinen Abbruch. Die Geschichte wirkt trotzdem erschreckend glaubwürdig. Insbesondere die schicksalhafte Begegnungen zwischen Hiroshi und Charlotte und deren ungelebte Liebe. Eine richtige Gänsehaut bekam ich bei der Hypothese, dass eigentlich eine frühe, unentdeckte Hochkultur in der Menschheitsgeschichte, ebendiese Technologie entwickelt haben soll und damit, einem Virus gleich, das gesamte Universum entvölkert. Zutrauen würde ich es der Menschheit. Hatte ich sonst auch so meine Schwierigkeiten mit den Enden, die Herr Eschbach seinen Geschichten angedeihen lässt, so fand ich diesmal den Konflikt gut gelöst und folgerichtig. Es konnte einfach nur so enden, auch wenn die Liebe diesmal nicht gesiegt hat. Für alle Eschbachfans ist dieses Buch einfach ein Muss.

  • Metaphorosis
    2019-01-22 16:56 3.5 starsA focused young boy and a girl with a strange power meet early in life, and continue to cross paths as they learn secrets of the Earth's past.I ran across a translation of Andreas Eschbach's The Carpet Makers some years back, and thought it excellent - original, interesting, and well told. When I found Lord of All Things for sale, I jumped on it, forgetting even to check for a version in the original German. Though Lord of All Thingslacks the creativity of The Carpet Makers, it's a fun, enjoyable read.Eschbach starts slow, introducing the characters as children, and describing their first meeting. It's immediately warm and engaging, and there's a pleasant suspense in wondering where the story will go. Unfortunately, it's a section that also plants the seeds of some disappointment - Eschbach describes Charlotte's unusual power, which crops up occasionally throughout the book(view spoiler)[, but turns out to be more of a flourish than a core plot point (hide spoiler)].This is a near-future story with some high tech. However, the really speculative elements of the book are, if not superfluous, at least peripheral. The real story is about the characters. Given that, the central relationship between Hiroshi and Charlotte is treated from a surprisingly distant, almost clinical perspective. It's interesting, but never really moving.Eschbach introduces a number of intriguing leads, but lets most of them lie. Much as we'd like to, we never learn much about them.All in all, a good but flawed read, without the balance of The Carpet Makers, and with more of the feel of a very good draft than a complete story. Nonetheless, I recommend this for readers looking for a story more about people than gadgets.Note: the translation is good, but with a slightly folksy tone that doesn't match most German writing. I haven't read the original, so it's possible the translation is 100% faithful, but it didn't match my expectations.

  • Wolfgang
    2019-02-02 20:53

    Oh mein lieber Andreas Eschbach !! Was fuer ein katastrophaler Absturz.Die Prämisse ist eigentlich vielversprechend. Ein japanischer Junge, der sich über eine Hinterhofbekanntschaft mit der Tochter des französischem Botschafters befreundet, hat eine Idee, wie er alle Menschen auf der Erde reich und materiell unabhängig machen kann. Hört sich wie eine Variante von "Eine Billion Dollar" an.Das Problem beginnt, wenn man sich in über die ersten 100 Seiten nicht sicher ist, ob man sich in einen Jugendroman verirrt hat. Die Antwort auf die Frage, was denn die zündende Idee der Hauptfigur sein könnte, die all Menschen gleich reich machen würde, laesst lange auf sich warten. Sehr lange. Und die Antwort ist : Roboter...... Nano-Robots oder, wie sie Eschbach nennt, Nanniten.Man wird über 700 Seiten durch die gesamte Lebensgeschichte der Hauptfiguren geschleppt, mit interessanten Handlungsstraengen und Passagen, die völlig und absolut nebensächlich sind für die Idee des Buches.Ja und dann findet man sich plötzlich im abstrusesten Sci-Fi-Roman wieder, der einem seit langem begegnet ist. Und leider erinnert alles so viel zu sehr an Michael Crichton's "Prey". Die Stärke von Andreas Eschbachs Buch-Themen, vor allem wenn sie Sci-Fi Ideen umfasst, war immer, dass die zentrale Idee die reale Wirklichkeit nur so minimal wie möglich verändert. Eine kleine Änderung der Realität und schon ist die Zukunft des Universums eine andere.Im "Herr Aller Dinge" wir aber sehr plump alles geändert. Aliens, Nano-Bots, Weltraum, halb Lichtgeschwindigkeit und mehr werden aufgeboten, um die Handlung zu erklären. Leider quält man sich dann nur noch vorwärts und ist froh, wenn es vorbei ist."Ausgebrannt" war ein Meisterwerk. Leider muss ich mir selber zugeben, dass es seitdem bergab geht.

  • Peter
    2019-02-07 19:10

    Eigentlich fängt es ganz unschuldig an, das Buch von Andreas Eschbach. Er erzählt eine Liebesgeschichte, die im fernen Japan beginnt und in dem die beiden Kiddies Hiroshi und Charlotte im Alter von 10 Jahren das erste Mal aufeinander treffen. Der Autor begleitet die beiden im weiteren Verlauf und lässt aus eben deren Biographie einen Science Fiction Thriller entstehen. Sogar ein kleiner Schuss Mystik ist auch noch mit an Bord.Zwei Dinge seien hervorgehoben: zum einen schafft es Eschbach vorzüglich, seinen beiden Protagonisten Leben einzuhauchen und ihre Handlungen und auch Entwicklung glaubhaft darzustellen. Zum anderen sind die technischen Details und Hintergründe des Buches absolut schlüssig recherchiert. Wenn Eschbach von einem Server Cluster erzählt, macht er dies nicht wie in einem Hollywoodfilm sondern er weiß wirklich wovon er schreibt.Die sprachliche Aufarbeitung ist spannend, fesselnd und handwerklich einwandfrei.Ein Schwerpunkt des Buches ist die philosophische Aufarbeitung des Begriffs Arbeit, der über die Zustände "arm" und "reich" definiert wird. Es wird einem allerdings keine Meinung vorgegeben sondern vielmehr der entsprechende Raum zur eigenen Beurteilung durch den Leser gelassen.Die Geschichte ist sehr rund und kann durchweg als gelungen bezeichnet werden. Vor allem die sozialen Geflechte in der Entwicklung der beiden Hauptdarsteller, ihr Verhältnis untereinander sowie die Zusammenführung zum einzig logischen Schluss haben mich das Buch quasi kaum aus der Hand legen lassen.4,5*

  • Robert
    2019-01-24 22:18

    Usually I don't actually write reviews, but this one pissed me off. It started off well. But then it was like watching a train wreck in slow motion.The good:it was slightly intriguing. Had a good intro. Felt authentic with all the technical language. The bad: Hiroshi and Charlotte - neither were likable. Both made stupid decisions the entire time. Hiroshi's end - nothing, absolutely nothing at all- in his character made his end believable. It was random and silly.Charlotte's power - nothing was said about its origin, not did it fit in with the plot. Overemphasis on trivial characters and events - 25% of the book could have been edited out, and the book would have been better. Bennett was useless. So was Brenda. Many of the events emphasized and dragged out ended up being for nothing. - like when Charlotte touched the knife, or when she dated Gary, or when Hiroshi fought Bennett of visited Rodney. The politics - this book borrowed heavily from the Communist manifesto. (not an insult or exaggeration - Marx also called for the abolition of wealth and such) - When Hiroshi debated the business leaders in Goo's conference room. I'm all for debate and all, but that scene pretty much consisted of Hiroshi knocking down strawman arguments. A whole bunch else.

  • Matthew
    2019-01-23 13:57

    The book is oddly compelling and eventually straight up compelling. Sadly it squanders too much of its potential and too many of its amazing ideas.Throughout the book the author comes up with and introduces (too many) interesting concepts from nanotechnology to seeing into the past. This makes the book a worthwhile pick up. The downside is Eschbach seemed more intent on introducing more concepts than following through on the ones already introduced. The result is that most just seemed to be forgotten midway. This saddens me in hindsight.The only really crippling part of this book is the characters. I never really cared much about any of them. They were all pretty much flat, stereotypical characterizations. The worst offender was...I can't even remember his name, he was so inconsequential, so we will call him Biff. Biff took up way too much page time and had absolutely no purpose other than to act as a racist stereotype of an American (Book is written by a German and stars a French woman and Japanese man).I don't regret finishing this book, but I am glad it is over. I'd recommend it to anyone wanting an oddly compelling read that will bring up some concepts that will, in all honesty, make you think.

  • Tom Loock
    2019-01-27 16:02

    What a book! Though it is 'proper' SF, Lord of All Things includes strong elements of a thriller, a romance and even a light sprinkling of horror and fantasy. The grand scope also applies to the story itself with goes from a child's dream to earth-shattering events; the scenery covers Japan, New England, the Russian Arctic, the American West, Argentina and even outer space while (the body of) the book covers about 40 years. The German author (the translation is very good btw) handles the characters, the story arc and all other elements very well, he has most obviously done his research and the book is a joy to read.I deducted (half a) star because the villains are a bit wooden and the whole story is somewhat predictable - but that's being picky and actively looking for a weakness. You may as well call the predictability 'logical development'.This was my first novel by Andreas Eschbach, but definitely not my last. Highly recommended (4 1/2 stars).

  • Jenny Oo
    2019-02-05 21:22

    Ich musste mich erstmal mit dem Schreibstil des Buches anfreunden. Es ist nicht so, dass es schlecht geschrieben wäre, aber ich musste tatsächlich damit "warm" werden. Besonders einige Wiederholungen empfand ich eher störend, als dass ich sie als lustig fand, was sie sicher sein sollten. Aber das tat der Lesefreude keinen Abbruch.Dass das Buch in drei Teile geteilt ist, kann man bei vielen anderen Rezensionen lesen. Kindheit, erwachsen werden, Aliens oder doch nicht. Wobei für mich der letzte Teil der beste war und daher leider auch, für meinen Geschmack, zu viel kurz geraten. Die Idee, warum wir keine Aliens finden können, ist einfach nur großartig. Hier hätte der Autor gern in die Tiefe gehen können, als Hiroshi endlich diese Entdeckung gemacht hat. Und auch für Charlottes Gabe hätte ich mir mehr Aufmerksamkeit gewünscht. Einige Nebenschauplätze und -handlungsstränge wären für mich entbehrlich gewesen. Wobei ich es wiederum großartig fand, wie der Autor es schafft Antipathien gegen den "reichen Sohn" zu erzeugen, selten war mir eine Nebenfigur so zuwider wie in diesem Roman. Alles in allem mag ich das Buch und ich gebe eine klare Leseempfehlung, da es bei mir immer noch nachwirkt. Und ich hätte gern mehr von der "Warum-wir-keine-Aliens-finden-können"-Theorie.

  • Pat
    2019-02-07 20:13

    Audiobuch--really good, but LONG--about 23 hours. Turned into more science fiction than I was expecting at the end, but it kept my attention. Sometimes a little too much technical detail, but still interesting. Hiroshi has huge dreams as a child how he can make everyone equally rich, because his mother always made such a class distinction when he wanted to play with Charlotte, the ambassador's daughter as a child. Als Kinder begegnen sie sich zum ersten Mal: Charlotte, die Tochter des französischen Botschafters, und Hiroshi, der Sohn einer Hausangestellten. Von Anfang an steht der soziale Unterschied spürbar zwischen ihnen. Doch Hiroshi hat eine Idee. Eine Idee, wie er den Unterschied zwischen Arm und Reich aus der Welt schaffen könnte. Um Charlottes Liebe zu gewinnen, tritt er an, seine Idee in die Tat umzusetzen und die Welt damit in einem nie gekannten Ausmaß zu verändern. Was mit einer bahnbrechenden Erfindung beginnt, führt ihn allerdings bald auf die Spur eines uralten Geheimnisses und des schrecklichsten aller Verbrechen ...

  • Manuel
    2019-01-28 19:01

    Eschbach continúa distanciándose de las space-operas rebosantes de sentido de la maravilla con las que aún se relaciona su nombre para urdir un tecno-thriller de varias décadas de envergadura que analiza hasta sus últimas consecuencias la incógnita que sirve de punto de partida para la trama: ¿Qué ocurriría si se eliminara la barrera que separa a ricos y pobres? Pragmático y pausado en su estructura y estilo, el alemán acelera hasta destrozar la barrera del sonido con un estampido atronador en el último tramo de esta novela, formulaica a ratos pero ejecutada con el pulso firme que solo da la experiencia.

  • Ivo
    2019-02-17 19:15

    ​Das Buch funktioniert auf mehreren Ebenen: - In Harry-und-Sally-Manier beschreibt es die Beziehung zweier Menschen über viele Jahre hinweg, die wie füreinander geschaffen zu sein scheinen, aber nicht zueinander finden wollen,- als Nano-Tech-Thriller wird die Geschichte eines begnadeten Wissenschaftlers geschildert, der eine großartige Vision hat, Rückschläge erleben muss, um dann doch auf überraschende Weise dem Ziel ziemlich nahe zu kommen,- und zwischendrin gibt's sogar noch eine heftige Prise Roland-Emmerich'schen Haudrauf-Bombast.Also ich hab's verschlungen.....

  • Libor Vasa
    2019-02-17 19:04

    Sooo bad. One of the worst wanna-be sci-fi books I have ever read. The story is so boring and long, the "surprises" are so trivial and predictable, and most of all, the figures are so repulsive and stereotypical. It was literally a torture to read the whole thing, which I only did so that I can now make a qualified judgement: the whole thing is terrible, does not make sense, is badly written and has ugly characters. Sorry.