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Quietus [Download] ➶ Quietus Author Tristan Palmgren – Thomashillier.co.uk 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, lead 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, she saves Niccolucio from the brink of deathHabidah discovers that neither her home s plague nor her assignment on Niccolucio s world are as she s been led to believe Suddenly the pair are drawn into a worlds spanning conspiracy to topple an empire larger than the human imagination can contain File Under Science Fiction.


10 thoughts on “Quietus

  1. Gary Gary says:

    Good first contact stories are as much about philosophical interplay as they are about cultural differences You have a unique vision , dimensional traveler Habidah tells 14th century monk Niccolucio, 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, the largest known planar empire in the multiverse, one that function Good first contact stories are as much about philosophical interplay as they are about cultural differences You have a unique vision , dimensional traveler Habidah tells 14th century monk Niccolucio, 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, the largest known planar empire in the multiverse, one that functions under aholistic philosophy than the medieval Italian culture she encounters on Niccolucio s plane of existence The intersection of Niccoluccio s dualism and Habidah s holism tests what they understand or misunderstand about each other s motives and has consequences for both their worlds.Like the best genre fiction, Quietus has a premise and plot that juggles familiar elements with some fresh ideas Habidah is a Unity anthropologist studying the effects of the Black Plague on European civilization The Unity is suffering from its own devastating plague, called the onierophage, the only disease its god like overseers, the amalgamates, could not produce a cure for Habidah s assignment is to report on how this culture responds to and recovers from a pestilence it cannot cure or contain When she first encounters Niccolucio he is wandering the wilderness after all watching all his brothers and their charges die from the plague, near starving and being hunted by a pack of wolves Her mission dictates that she not interfere with the natural progression of events on this world, but she has reached a point where she can no longer stand to see everyone she encounters suffer and die She crosses that red line just once, rescuing him from certain death and nursing him back to health To her own surprise, she receives little blowback for her transgression and her superiors agree to let her use him to spy on his hometown of Florence for them Habidah soon comes to understand that their plans for this dimension go well beyond the academic.The first half of Quietus balances the intimate story of a man coping with immense tragedy with an austere examination of the ethical sticking points that attend scientific field studies The Unity can cure the Black Death, so aren t they obligated to intervene Habidah s intervention on Niccolucio s behalf is an impulsive response, though she believes she can justify its value The repercussions come not because her choice was an unethical one, but because she was asking the wrong question to begin with As Niccolucio digs his heels into the political realities of a society faced with a rapid decline, Habidah continues her work, unaware or at least unwilling to recognize that she had been facing the same problems all along Not being political animals by nature, the question neither of them wanted to entertain was What obligations do structures of power in a society have to its body politic, and vice versa And who gets to decide the answer There are moments in the first half of the novel when the characters behave in ways that contradict their established motives At other times, time overlaps from one chapter to the next, but events don t seem to match up There are reasons for such discrepancies and they pay off well The novel doesn t resort to cheap tricks to surprise the reader it rewards you for paying attention to the details.Quietus is contemplative without being too ponderous or cerebral It is intelligent and engaging as an intimate character study and as a grand scale epic adventure Like its wonderful cover which you are welcome to judge it by , it seems to emerge from the mist, bathed in warm light, while its scale is terrifyingly sublime.Thanks to Netgalley and Angry Robot Books fro the opportunity to read this ARC


  2. Bradley Bradley says:

    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 and a plague that threatens to wipe them all out 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 and a plague that threatens to wipe them all out Similarities Of course Direct line similarities, even, and it gets eveninteresting when we have nearly godlike extradimensional civilizations involved in long conflicts with each other and with their own followers Adding a monk from the middle ages asking important questions about God and why he lets bad things happen becomes another direct mirror to the subjects in these huge extradimensional empires and god like beings involved in plague warfare The structure of this novel is pretty top notch I can ruminate about it for a long time and still find some really great questions and explorations I ve barely scratched the surface here.On the other side of the coin, the factor of how much fun the novel is, how easy it is to read, boils down to how much you like heavy doses of historical fiction I saw HUGE comparisons to be made between the front half of this novel and Connie Willis s Doomsday Book Her s was time traveling historians getting stuck in the Black Plague and Tristan s was the moral and ethical quandaries of a multiverse hopping anthropologist I enjoyed it well enough and it went in quite interesting directions when it came to messing with indigenous cultures in a very Prime Directive way and the question of unintended consequences in timeline development.The second half of the novel was spaceships and AI companions and godlike beings messing with all us puny mortals in a very high class SF full of action,ethical quandaries, the fate of two vast empires.My initial reaction as I was reading it was mixed I liked it well enough but I wanted something juicier andexploratory It just felt like a number of other novels I ve loved, also including KSR s Years of Rice and Salt and Michael Flynn s Eifelheim I did eventually get it It just took a while to really flow into the historical fiction slant because, with that cover, I really expected the later explosion of big SF No worries It s there.This was something rather interesting I really enjoy the chances it takes


  3. The Captain The Captain says:

    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 rules and rescues a Florentine Carthusian monk named 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 rules and rescues a Florentine Carthusian monk named Niccolucio.Now I abandoned this book at 48% but, to be fair, I loved the first half I thought the story of Niccolucio was excellent and really enjoyed reading about the research of Habidah and her team The imagery was well done and I really cared about both of the characters The problem arose once the politics of the other plane got involved The entire tone of the book switched, and I began to feel like I was reading a different book.Because apparently the expedition had another goal besides the one that Habidah was given I won t get into it here but basically it spoiled the premise for me and I didn t want to read about where the author wanted to take the story I wanted a bookalong the lines of the Doomsday book rather than a space opera I did attempt to keep reading several times because I wanted to know what ends up happening to Niccolucio specifically But alas I couldn t stay engaged once the plot switched I do have other crew members that loved it though so it might work for ye.So lastly .Thank you Angry Robot Books Check out me other reviews at


  4. Mike Mike says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars My 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 before But seriously, this is a bold swing from a fr 3.0 out of 5 stars My 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 before But seriously, this is a bold swing from a fresh new voice in speculative fiction Author Tristan Palmgren deserves major points for creativity, even though this historical fiction science fiction mashup wasn t totally my cup of tea.I very much enjoyed the characterization of the monk Niccoluccio Caracciola, who, aside from having a great name, was my favorite character to follow He functions as a reader proxy, who experiences the infiltration of the anthropologists and gets swept up into a massive conspiracy while tackling his own internal conflict that evolves over the course of the novel Niccoluccio s perspective grounds the narrative in some semblance of reality before the story careens away into a somewhat convoluted direction Quietus functions most effectively when it s focused on its historical fiction beats and stumbles as it delves deeper into inaccessible science fiction elements This, combined with slow pacing, and a story that feels 150 pages too long, leads to a lower rating than I wanted to give Author Palmgren has a knack for original storytelling, but the blending of two disparate genres didn t quite work for me.See this review and others at The Speculative Shelf


  5. BAM The Bibliomaniac BAM The Bibliomaniac says:

    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 between the characters that makes the story so engr 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 between the characters that makes the story so engrossing I will admit about 2 3 through it does get a bit confusing But just power through it because the Ah ha moment is so worth it I was so glad I did not give up


  6. RG RG says:

    This was an interesting novel Part historical fiction with an outsiders view on the Black plagueso 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 becomesa space opera sci fi novel,akin to the front page This part didnt do as well for me I felt the sudden change in story just a little weird, and I felt This was an interesting novel Part historical fiction with an outsiders view on the Black plagueso 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 becomesa space opera sci fi novel,akin to the front page This part didnt do as well for me I felt the sudden change in story just a little weird, and I felt the story telling suffered from it The pacing of the novel was very slow overall Dont expect a fast paced scifi novel with the action element This isa reflection on people and its expsoure to new cultures philosophies religion etc A novel of 2 parts, one that worked well and the other not so much For those people who want something different


  7. Sarah (CoolCurryBooks) Sarah (CoolCurryBooks) says:

    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 learn cooping strategies by studying how Europe reacts 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 learn cooping strategies by studying how Europe reacts to the Black Death Habidah is supposed to be a neutral observer, but in the face of such suffering, she struggles to hold on to her neutrality, eventually making the decision to rescue one person the monk Niccolucio Niccolucio discovers there s muchto the universe than he imagined, and, surprisingly, Habidah discovers the same.To start off with, I think the plot structure was weak It takes quite a while for Habidah and Niccolucio to come into contact with each other and even longer for the main trans dimensional conflict to pick up speed Basically, I felt like the story didn t get started until around 60% into the book Also, I never found the plot that interesting There s some concepts that are intriguing, such as the trans dimensional empire and the plague that s destroying its people on the molecule level I found those elements satisfying, but somehow I kept considering putting the book down I think overall there s a lack of tension and pacing.Going into Quietus, I was 95% sure that there d end up being a romance between Habidah and Niccolucio Look, I ve read enough books to know to expect it, all right However, in this instance I was actually wrong There s no romantic subplot in Quietus, which was quite refreshing As for Habidah and Niccolucio themselves, neither was entirely memorable I didn t dislike them while reading, but they re not compelling either Sort of like the book as a whole The setting did feel believable and well researched, and I appreciated the innovative touches the science fiction added to the historical I do think that Quietus suffers in comparison to Connie Willis s Doomsday Book, which similarly combines science fiction with a historical fiction portrayal of the Black Death but with stronger pacing and an emotional center Oh, well.In conclusion, Quietus has a couple of interesting concepts but with hum drum execution I m not planning on reading any sequels I received an ARC in exchange for a free and honest review.Review originally posted on The Illustrated Page


  8. Jacqie Jacqie says:

    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 have been tasked to observe the Black Death years 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 have been tasked to observe the Black Death years in fourteenth century Europe one of the grimmest times in European history, and that s saying a lot What I liked about the book was the feel of the way the researchers were a part and yet apart from the time in which they had been placed The author has a gift for description and for making a very detailed and immersive setting The perspective of the observers, removed from the religious and cultural milieu of the time, gave me the feeling of observing history myself.The POV of the 14th century monk whose abbey is hit by plague wasn t as interesting to me, unfortunately I must not relate well to 14th century men who believe that privation of the flesh is the way to salvation When the story shifted to this POV, I lost interest.And the book is loooong After about 100 pages into the book, storylines hadn t converged and I wasn t interested in several of them I had an idea about what might be going on with the godlike AI manipulation in the background I had one character I liked and several I didn t Although there were some very admirable things about the book, I petered out and skimmed the end instead of reading it properly And this is really not a book you can skim it s dense and you ll miss something if you don t read carefully Maybe at another time I d have persevered, but right now my brain isn t functioning at peak capacity and I needed something that was less laborious


  9. Katie Katie says:

    This book started out really promising and had such a fascinating premise I loved the idea of a combination historical fiction sci fi novel It was slow and dense in parts but initially I was interested enough in the characters and conflict to keep moving through that I was also successful at holding my nose during the subtle jabs at religion though I am no Catholic and have massive problems with Catholic doctrine Then the book lost me around Chapter 30 It became way too esoteric maybe I This book started out really promising and had such a fascinating premise I loved the idea of a combination historical fiction sci fi novel It was slow and dense in parts but initially I was interested enough in the characters and conflict to keep moving through that I was also successful at holding my nose during the subtle jabs at religion though I am no Catholic and have massive problems with Catholic doctrine Then the book lost me around Chapter 30 It became way too esoteric maybe I haven t read enough on multiple universe theory, or maybe I just can t suspend my disbelief at the probability of multiple universes, but after that came into play and Niccoluccio had his weird experience, I couldn t follow the plot any Habidah s relationship with Niccoluccio, which was the most interesting dynamic for me, completely stalled in its development I didn t need it to go in a romantic direction and that might ve been artificial anyway, but I needed to feel like she hademotion towards him than she ever displayed considering her actions towards him She seemed so wooden to me I stopped caring about the big conspiracy So by Chapter 38, I attempted to skim the last few chapters to see how it ended or if I could reclaim some interest and I just couldn t It s such a shame It started so well It looks like another book is planned, but I think I m giving up on this series


  10. Elaine Aldred Elaine Aldred says:

    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 alliances of ruling races.Although I was aware from t 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 alliances of ruling races.Although I was aware from the start that Habidah was someone not native to Niccolucio s world, I experienced all the sights, filth and smells of this historic world through her Niccolucio s viewpoint only cemented this effect, leaving me with the impression that were the author to write only historical novels I would be an avid fan But that Palmgren managed to effortlessly shift from fantastical technology and a sense of space opera to an authentic sense of time of the fourteenth century Plague and then bring them together, really immersed me in the story.Out of all the people Tristan Palmgren could have chosen from the Middle Ages to be yanked to safety by someone from a mind blowing technologically advanced race, Niccolucio, is just perfect His self doubt and humility, but at the same time open mindedness and unbiased approach to the world, makes him a wonderful foil for Habidah s constant moral questioning.The plot is complex, with no end of scheming and wondering where alliances truly lie between the servants of the ruling alliances and the vast alliances themselves This was certainly the part of the book where you had to pay attention because of the complexity of the associations and interactions.Throughout it all are the constants of Habidah and Niccolucio in their developing and very special relationship in the face of Habidah wondering who she can trust.Palmgren demonstrates remarkable poise for a debut novelist with regards to the depth of world building and character development in a cleverly conceived plot, making him a writer to watch in the future.Quietus was courtesy of Angry Robot via NetGalley


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