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Brain Wave by Poul Anderson
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Sep 24, 10

Read in July, 2003, read count: 1

By and large I enjoy Poul Anderson's Fantasy works (Three Hearts and Three Lions, The Broken Sword) better than his Sci-fi novels. Like Anderson's other sci-fi novels (eg. Tau Zero) Brain Wave is based on an interesting idea: what happens when the IQ of all mammmals increases by a factor of five. It's just not carried off well.
Interesting plot possibilities, such as animals 'revolting' against humans are alluded to but never explored. It is a short book because so much seems to happen offstage- riots, revolution war etc. Anderson is a good idea man, but unfortunately not a great writer.

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