Picked this book up at a random book sale because of the cool cover and title. Isn't a bad book, once you get into it. I've never heard of read of anyPicked this book up at a random book sale because of the cool cover and title. Isn't a bad book, once you get into it. I've never heard of read of anything by this author before, and I might again, but I'm definitely not jumping at the chance.
This book is about the discovery of a very well hidden race of intelligent life that almost comes to an end because of Imperial Earth. They are called the Mixed Men and are the offspring of Dellian Superhumans and human beings.
History: These Superhumans came to exist because of space travel. The deconstruction and re-construction of the humans who partook in space travel eventually made them be rebuilt better and stronger than humans who didn't partake. So essentially the transportation process of space travel made them into Superhumans. They then had various offspring with humans and created the Mixed Men. Earth was of course terrified of the Superhumans and the Mixed Men for their physical and mental capabilities and started a genocide against them. They fled their homeland and created a series of colonies in the Large Magellanic Cloud or what they like to call the colonies of the Fifty Suns. The societies of Mixed Men and Superhumans are kept relatively seperate. The Superhumans and The Mixed Men occupy a series of planets within the same cloud, but the Mixed Men's planets are relatively more well hidden from sight. The only people that know where these planets are are people of the Mixed Men race. All of the above events have taken place over a time of 10 000 years.
Imperial Earth's mighty warship, Star Cluster, has been on voyage across space for a very long time. The captain of the ship, the Right and Honourable Gloria Laurr has almost been forced to give up search for the Mixed Men and Dellian races, a race she promised to find on her long journey. Until she stumbles across signs of their living in the Large Magellanic Cloud. Fast forward to a planet located within the Fifty Suns, Captain Maltby, a man of Mixed Men origin working under the Dellians. He is forced to try to make his two races get along with themselves if they are ever going to overcome Imperial Earth. Lady Laurr however, is prepared to push her ship and crew to the very limits to make the colonies of the Fifty Suns submit to the Great Galactic Union, a union that almost every race has been forced to be ruled over by, or suffer her wrath. Things take a turn for a worse when Lady Laurr and Captain Maltby fall unwillingly in love with each other, something neither bargained for.
The books sci-fi factors aren't boring to say the least. There are many interesting aspects of the book, those of which include the new technologies that Imperial Earth and the Fifty Suns colonies have created. Creativity points for the history. I like the location as well, the Large Magellanic being a real phenomenon existing in our universe that is indeed like a star machine containing billions upon billions of suns. It's the writing that isn't all that great, or the dialogue. Very hard to follow what they are saying in the book. Also, I wasn't really quite sure why the Dellians and the Mixed Men were fighting amongst themselves so intensely. Considering one is the offspring of the other, you would think they would appreciate each other a little more. Nonetheless, not a bad read. I like the parts where Captain Maltby and Lady Laurr are forced to engage, and the end of the book is quite the cliffhanger. For an easy read if your bored and happen to stumble upon the book, sure, read it. But if you have more important stuff in front of you.. by all means, wait. Not worth putting everything aside for. But the ideas are very cool. Had potential, I'll give it that....more
Such an expertly written book. You can tell Crichton has a background in medicine from some of the terminology he uses, the knowledge of biology is unSuch an expertly written book. You can tell Crichton has a background in medicine from some of the terminology he uses, the knowledge of biology is uncanny! Definitely makes the book unique in context to any others I have read. The cover and use of the galaxy name Andromeda in the book draws Sci-fi readers towards it definitely. I know this for a fact because I wouldn't of even gotten the book if it didn't have the cool cover of the earth and numbers matrix style and the space title.
The plot of the book is fascinating. The idea of an extraterrestrial organism that can kill off humans in a matter of seconds is not only terrifying but pretty exciting. The books also has you wondering about what secret government organizations are really spending all their time and effort on, even if it is based on fiction. Imagining if some project of theirs like this ever did leak, how they would explain it to us.. just thoughts to ponder.
The terms and made up hypothesis in this book really give it a genuine feel. I was definitely confused until I did further research as to whether or not the book was actually real. It unfourtunately has no real fact in it, other than some characters who were named after real people, which is still a nice little touch.
The references and hypothetical way of looking at the organism though I found were very relatable to science today. For instance, when Leavitt was thinking about ways to look at the organism he thought of a man and a house. One man means almost nothing to the world, but being a part of a bigger picture, a city, he means alot more. He thought maybe the part of the organism they were looking at, was part of a much bigger picture. That maybe it worked as a big city, instead of just a singular cell like in our bodies. I found the moments where thinking like this came through as very interesting and very appliable if you will to studies of foreign organisms today.
This book is a very good representation of exactly how things can go wrong in what looks like to be such neat and controlled situation. You have this state of the art labratory, with all 7 of it's levels, and still, this seemingly tiny foreign object has penetrated every inpenetrable area of it. The explanation of the labratory is extremely detailed, to give you a feel of just how much money and effort was put into this top secret experiment going on. Then, it all crumbles down in a matter of days. The organism thrives in what they thought was the only thing that could destroy it, a nuclear detonation. Not only does it thrive inside of the only thing known to man to kill off every living thing known to us, it disintegrates rubber, which seals all the rooms and controls contamination passing between them. It goes to show how utterly fragile and helpless we really are. We convince ourselves we can protect ourselves against anything; when really the exact opposite it true. We are but a spec in the universe and foolish to think otherwise. We could be wiped out at any moment, extinct just like the dinosaurs. This book, I feel, is a reminder of that....more
This book was hands down one of the best books I have ever read in my life. No wonder they made it into an HBO original series, it's absolutely incredThis book was hands down one of the best books I have ever read in my life. No wonder they made it into an HBO original series, it's absolutely incredible! This book has every exciting aspect of mideval fantasy that you could ever possibly want. George R. Martin's writing style in this book is not only easy to follow, yet still authentic enough to have a mideval feel, it makes it easy to relate too. Unlike some other styles of old writing (i.e. Robert Jordan or Tolkien), I feel you can relate more to the characters and what's going on because the wording and sentence construction isn't so foreign from ours today. I just wanted to point that out because I'm sure I'm not the only one who noticed it. This books definitely has the beginnings of a very twisted story. Even this first book can be a little hard to comprehend everything that's going on. But it's going on.. and it just gets worse. I appreciate Martin's risk in killing off beloved characters. I didn't think Eddard would die, I thought, there's no way he'll die!.. But he did. And it made me very, very mad. And wanting vengeance. Daenerys is one of my favorite characters, up until the end. I don't know if I'll like her in the next book. She seems to have gotten more and more brave slowly throughout the book, which I liked when she was standing up to Viserys. But The death of her Khal Drogo I think has pushed her over the edge. I'm pretty sure she's going to unleash "the dragon" now, especially with her new born dragon babies. I overall what I think everyone else wants, peace and happiness for the realm.. blah blah blah, and she is definitely not going to help. Jon is my other favorite character. His being a bastard and the most resembling Lord Eddard slaps Catelyn in the face, which is okay because she's a bitch and has absolutely no right to treat Jon the way she does. I know that he's living proof that her lord husband dishonoured her, but he's still a child compared to her, and she should know better. I lost respect for her because of that. I lost respect for Tyrion near the war breaking out parts.. I thought maybe, just maybe he would do the right thing and be on the Stark's side somehow.. but I was wrong. I think he could maybe redeem himself in my books.. but only if he does something gallant. I must say his nature with his whores is pretty interesting though. Cersei and Jaime.. where do I begin. Perfect on the outside, horrible monsters on the inside. They are only playing the game of thrones, but I'm pretty sure everyone hates them who reads this book. They (pardon my language) royally FUCK UP everything. I think I could go on forever about this book, because it's that damn amazing, but I'll save the rest for the next book I read in this series (which will be as soon as possible). An absolutely incredible piece of literature and a must read for all fantasy fans....more
**spoiler alert** This book was a thriller indeed. Took me a while to finish it but I finally have and am glad to have the final conclusion on it. Ver**spoiler alert** This book was a thriller indeed. Took me a while to finish it but I finally have and am glad to have the final conclusion on it. Very fast paced and always kept me guessing. I never knew what to think or expect next. Right when I thought I had figured something out, I got surprised again. Excellent story telling. I didn't expect Marek to want to stay behind and I thought that was a nice little twist. He loved those times afterall and devoted his life to learning about them. It was interesting to see in the end how he ended up with Lady Claire and actually ended up finding a castle and having children with her. I'm unsure if Chris and Kate ended up together or not and that's why she's pregnant? But if that's the case and I think it is that's cute too. I enjoy how in depth Crichton gets with his story telling. He actually has a bibliography in the back because he obviously pulled stuff from other sources to construct this book. Not many authors do that and the fact that it's somewhat historically accurate gives it a more "authentic" feel. I also never expected Doniger to act like such a complete asshole at the end. Kate, Marek, Chris and the Profesor had been through so much, put their lives literally in moral danger for 2 days, he couldn't show one ounce of respect for them. He got what he deserved though. It was a good idea that they decided to send him back to the same time that they were just in, so he could see just how horrible a time it really was. I also enjoyed how much each of the main characters grew during the time they spent in Castlegard/La Roque. It's a good example of how much we can be forced to do in a sudden gruesome change of events. Crichton has definitely earned my respect as a great writer, cannot wait to read more of his work....more
Too hard to follow because of the stupid words he uses. Very disappointing. Had tons of potential but threw it all away when he used confusing words tToo hard to follow because of the stupid words he uses. Very disappointing. Had tons of potential but threw it all away when he used confusing words that are too hard to pronounce in your head while reading....more