Emerald Blair is a Trouble...more
To be blunt, I gave up on this book about halfway through. Mostly out of frustration, a little out of anger.
Bennett has painstakingly created an incredibly rich and detailed sci-fi setting, complete with superhumans, cyborgs, and a myriad of other concepts which had the POTENTIAL to blow a reader's mind.
The actual execution fell so far short of that potential that I feel shame for writing this review on Goodreads.
- Unique and detailed background with immeasurable promise
- Remarkably dilig...more
I really liked the central concept. Bennett starts with a fairly optimistic future in which, a century hence, there are hundreds of space habitats in the inner- and mid-solar system. The environment is rife with social schisms and empire/colony-ish tensions. The novelty is in Bennett postulating that humans with both intrinsic genetic and external technological adaptations to better survive in space might literally be inspired by and emulate 20t...more
In a nutshell, this book wa...more
I'd give Only Superhuman 3.5 stars. It's a nice book, but the pacing is a bit slow. It's interesting, but not exactly innovative.
I don't have too much experience with cyberpunk, but I'd say this book is part cyberpunk, part comic book super hero story, and part hard science fiction.
All the main characters owe their super powers to cybernetic enhancements. And the main plot line is a struggle for power over the surro...more
In the year 2107, humanity has banned any human genetics modifications—other than the basic mods needed for human survival on Earth and the immediately adjacent colonies, that is. But while Earth and her immediate neighbors are genetic conservatives, human settlements in the Asteroid belt and the outskirts of the solar system are far more radical minded. Here, human genomes are spliced with animal and machine, resulting in people with super-human abilities,...more
Bennett doesn't just get the science right in this, he comes up with ideas for settings and background that I just haven't seen laid out in such a believable and rigorous manner. These were not info dumps, but a well paced story that kept on hitting you with new awesomeness through nearly the whole book. Eve...more
Superheroes and prose are always an awkward fit at best, and Only Superhuman makes things even more awkward by moving everything into a posthuman science-fiction milieu. It's hard to imagine what would make any individual so outstanding in a world where anyone can transform themselves into a weapon of mass destruction through genetic modification and advanced technology. Which isn't to say it can't be done, but that Christopher L. Bennett doesn't even begin to tackle that issue.
It also doesn't h...more
That said, I had some trouble with it. It plays the comic book tropes quite well, and the whole environment is clearly comic-book-y: brightly colored and action-packed. However, as well as those tropes play in a comic book, they don't alwa...more
The Troubleshooters are in space in the space stations and habitations surrounding the Earth to try to keep the peace between the very different humans that live out there. Specifically, many of the people who have left Earth, have determined that advances in body modificatio...more
I'm not really a big comic book fan, and this is definitely a comic book form, though without the pictures, but I still enjoyed it. One thing I appreciated was that none of the superpowers were impossible. They were mostly either extra muscle and recuperative powers...more
But it's just not for me. This was like the life story of a superhero. At 20%, I'd experienced more flashbacks than present action. The world-building was beautiful and complex, but sadly it was conveyed through infodumps and flashbacks. Maybe there was just too much effort put toward showing off the world and not enough effort toward developing a story in the present.
I didn't finish...more
It may appeal so some folks, but the cheesy Superhero dialog is better suited to children's books, not adult fiction.
Needless to say, I got about 25% of the way through my read, and found I had no interest to continue. I put the book down about a week ago, and I cannot recall much of anything that I read--heck, I can’t even remember the specific points about why I disliked it, let alone anything that might have been good.
So, for me, this was not...more