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Starfish by Peter Watts
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Jun 28, 2010

really liked it
Read in June, 2010

I'm so glad this book is the first in a trilogy. About 7/8ths of it is setup for the real dramatic problem that's only presented at the end of the book. So I'm itching for more.

And I'm surprised I made it through those first 7/8ths. I usually get twitchy when I read a novel (especially a sci-fi novel) that's too heavy on detail and too thin on plot. I found myself muttering sometimes, "There isn't even much foreshadowing. What on earth is this book about?"

I suppose the saving grace of Starfish for me was that the details Watts focuses on are character development, not science. I love the science, and his science is creepy and good, but the characters are what kept me turning pages. They're interesting. And it seemed realistic that it would take a whole novel for me to get to know them well enough to be fully invested in what they'll experience now that I know the big, dramatic problem. This novel is like a 300-page prologue. (I hope.)

Bring on book #2!

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