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Blindsight by Peter Watts
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Oct 29, 2011

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bookshelves: electronic, medium-future, reviewed
Read in October, 2011

I had been recommended this book, and unfortunately it does not click with me. It presents a bleak almost utopian future, shattered when something contacts the Earth. Earth responds sending a peculiar contact team. The story is told from the point of view of one of them.

I could not help being reminded at times of Sphere, but with much more complex characters. Watts makes you learn a lot of nurology and neuropsichiatry. Too much, in places. He also paints a believable future of redundant humans, though I could not help finding the vampire subplot ridiculous. Nevertheless, the main characters are the human brain and one of the best views of the alien in Science Fiction, and despite the excesses of science expositions and the vampires, it is a well written book. Bleak, so do not read it as simple escapism.

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