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Strength of Stones by Greg Bear
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Mar 17, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: science-fiction
Recommended for: Old school science fiction fans, everyone else
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Strength of Stone is like Greg Bear light. It's not as complex or engaging as I've found his other books to be but this by no means means makes it either simple or boring. The premise is interesting and there are some really great characters.
The protagonist isn't so much any one person though as it is the human drive, especially for survival. Through the course of the book the author vividly communicates loss on a grand scale, enduring human folly, the inexorable passage of time and the loneliness inspired by a future humanity that resembles nothing we currently know or understand. It worked for me even when I found the subject to be disturbing or unpleasant.
I recommend it but be prepared for a book that takes the harder, grittier road.

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