The premise is fascinating and unique: what if we finally make contact with aliens but they have zero interest in mePhilosophical. Hard. Interminable.
The premise is fascinating and unique: what if we finally make contact with aliens but they have zero interest in meeting or even communicating with us?
Unfortunately we have to endure every discussion involved in answering that question, including all of the details of the future history required to understand it, and in painstaking detail, over the course of however long it takes to finally reach the other intelligent beings in another galaxy.
At times it is amazing how thorough the author is in his conception of all details but it's just way too much. Plus the things the crew is able to deduce with almost no first-hand info is too incredible, “logic” computers or not. The fact that the alien's world just happens to reflect a more extreme version of eighties global politics also dates the whole thing too much.
But the interesting parts, especially those where things actually happen besides conversation or inner monologues, are riveting. There's just too much of the other stuff.
I'm glad to have finally read some Lem but I am disappointed in how rambling it is, and how much it reflects a specific point in time. I may try to read Solaris since it's one of my favorite movies (Tarkovsky's version) but otherwise I don't have much interest in enduring his other works any time soon....more
I was surprised by just how much was "borrowed" by Orwell. Apparently he even said he was using it for the model of his next novel before starting 198I was surprised by just how much was "borrowed" by Orwell. Apparently he even said he was using it for the model of his next novel before starting 1984. It seems odd he would so deliberately just recreate someone else's work but Orwell's is a more enjoyable read.
I think it's fascinating how much the novel was combatting the ultimate application of "Taylorization," an efficiency expert whose views on workplace structure were pervasive during industrialization, and parts of which still persist today.
I always enjoy reading pre-space-exploration scifi for the author's optimistic and naive expectations of what was in our solar system. In We space is "known" to be infinitely blue in color. Tee hee....more
This is the hyped comic that is supposedly a treasure of French Bandes Déssinés that spawned a recent film adaptaStay way unless you're a teenage boy.
This is the hyped comic that is supposedly a treasure of French Bandes Déssinés that spawned a recent film adaptation by Joon-ho Bong (The Host, Mother). What a bummer. There are so many problems with this book and they can't all be due to due to poor translation:
- Rushed storytelling: the pacing is way too fast for any depth.
- Very misogynistic: Even the supporting female character is an irrational stereotype that can't wait to get it on in the first second of every scene she's left alone with the main character in.
- Most of the major characters are paper-thin
- Dialog is horrible.
And WTF is up with the last 2 pages?? They must've screwed up in the printing. There's a huuuge jump in time between them, completely skipping over a major development. Lob just threw away the main character, and not in an love-to-hate-it George R. R. Martin kind of way but in a “Okay I’m bored and have to keep moving on” sort of way.
Although with all of that, and just like highly-serialized YA manga that suffers from some of the same issues (e.g. Death Note), once I saw the teaser for the cover of book 2 I went from thinking this was a complete waste of time to wanting to know what happens next - "they got me!" I thought. Then I realized there's no idea whose interest could be sustained by this immature writer. ...more
A sweet love story with a unique view into something I knew nothing about - living with HIV. Peeters easily avoids what could've been a cliché treatmeA sweet love story with a unique view into something I knew nothing about - living with HIV. Peeters easily avoids what could've been a cliché treatment of such a sensitive subject by keeping everything personal. This also makes things light for the reader while allowing for moments of deep meaning and soulful insight.
Coming off of Sandcastle, one of my favorite comics of last year (although I only read a couple), I thought I would like the art more (Peeter's only supplied the visuals in that) but it grew on me a little. He's good with layouts and transitions but something about the loose style is a bit too cartoony for me here. But it's certainly not bad. ...more