last week my mom and i had a conversation about God that devolved into an unpleasant argument, with mom saying some things that i found to be ludicrous beyond belief and with me responding with comments that were condescending and offensive. last week i read a book called Ship of Fools; it is a dark and grim science fiction narrative about a colony ship trying to find a new home, written in a polished and straightforward style, and it is has one major concern: the question of evil ...more
The eponymous ship is the Argonos, a massive vessel traversing through the deep space for decades, its original mission long forgo ...more
The Argonos is a generation ship, run by an Executive Council with nominal authority over the Captain. The first part of the book is largely political machinations: we learn that the Argonos has lost its ...more
Ship of Fools by Richard Paul Russo is a surprise of hit to me. This is the first time that I have read this author, but surely not the last. Russo has created a wonderful piece of survival science fiction that has a bit of a horror feel as well. This is not hard science, and it is easily accessible to those that normally veer from the genre.
Russo drops us right into the middle of the story. I am not going to summarize much as it would spoil this adventure. The writing, the plot, and the ...more
The multi-generation starship Argonos has aimlessly wandered the galaxy for hundreds of years, searching for any signs of life. Its original mission and destination have long ago been forgotten. Returning to Earth is not an option, for it has become a toxic, irradiated wasteland.
A mysterious signal draws the ship to an abandoned colony on an Earth-like planet. Nikko, the ship’s captain, barely averts a mutiny as several hundred passengers would r ...more
- Faith and Christianity are big themes in this book, but it didn't bother me too much because it added some flavour to the usual generatio ...more
As the story begi ...more
I loved this book but I cannot give it a 5 for three reasons.
1. It is just too dark. I don't generally prefer super dark books, and I think the problem with this is that the shi ...more
No one remembers where they came from or where they're going. For hundreds of years, the starship Argonos, home to generations of humans, has wandered throughout the galaxy, searching for other signs of life. Now, a steady, unidentified transmission lures them toward ...more
The problem I have with this book is the exact same as everybody else, and I am of the opinion that leaving the end of a story to the reader's imagination is pure laziness 9/10 times and this is no exception, in fact it is wo ...more
Imagine this conversation and -- SPOILER WARNING -- you'll have the book in a nutshell:
"That ship is evil."
"There's no such thing as evil."
"That ship is evil."
"Evil may exist, but that ship isn't it."
"That ship is evil."
"Oh my god! That ship is evil!"
the book ended and i still had questions? what did the aliens want? why were they killing people or did they kill each others? mass suicide? what happened to the people who were on the ship that decided to leave? did they die too? did the aliens go back to the planet and kill them?
but i also made the mistake of reading other peoples review while reading the book.... i didnt get into the whole evil thing. i just saw the aliens for what they were... aliens.
i didn ...more
Although, this may not be one of the most literary pieces; I still find that analysis could take place on several channels. There is plenty to observe, learn and discuss in this book. The eco ...more
Bartolomeo is a magnificent main character and his romance with Father Veronica got to me. I'm not much of a romance-oriented gal, but this felt genuine and I was glad Father Veronica didn't break ...more
Let's talk about the reasons why I didn't give this book 5 stars. First, let me say: I was certain I was going to give the book a 5-star review right up until the very last page. Therein was the book's downfall.
Backtracking: for those not in the know, the book starts with the starship Argonos, which floats aimlessly throughout the universe. No one is exactly sure how long the ship has functioned, though the general consensus amongst people is for hundreds of years. It is a lonely place to be, an...more
Buuuuuuttt.... then again, I almost gave it 3 stars, I didn't, in case you were wondering. Mostly because after ...more
On the surface the crew find evidence of a colony – but no inhabitants. Until they discover a trail deep into the planet’s steamy jungles, and their terrifying fate is revealed to them.
But this is only the first message.’
Blurb from the 2003 Orbit paperback edition
This is the novel that the movie ...more
The near totality of the novel takes place on the Argonos, a generation ship that has been wandering for so long that some of its more religious passengers believe that the ship has always existed. In this, it rem ...more
I had long been wondering: where are the horror space-operas? With how popular the genre is within the film industry then surely there must be its equal in written form . . . right? Wrong. It would appear that horror space-operas are few and far between, "Ship of Fools" being one of them. So, I was pretty stoked to have located a copy ...more
The first chapter clearly introduced conflict, but I had no idea how far the passengers aboard the "Argonos" shuttle would go to chill me with their tale. By chapter three, I was hooked. The physically deformed man who tells this story in first person, Bartolomeo, is isolated and hated. As the captain's advisor, he is a clear under ...more
I think it's really odd that this book, by attempting-but-failing to encompass more lofty and thought-provoking subject matter, annoyed me far more than the 300 pages of ineptly sexist and unpleasant drivel I read last.
Ship of Fools is nominally a generation-ship story concerning the emotional growth of our protagonist Bartolomeo and the fate of the ...more