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Anvil of Stars by Greg Bear
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Jan 27, 2012

really liked it
Read from January 27 to 28, 2012

Greg Bear is simply incredible. There's some clunkiness to his writing, and to his characters- he's a real genre sci fi author, in both the good and bad meanings of that epithet- but there's vast depth, endless imponderables, and real emotion in there too.

Kids in Space! Forgive me for mentioning echoes of Ender's Game, but they were there. And yet, it leaves you wanting more even after four hundred pages, and it leaves you asking Big Questions and thinking Big Thoughts. Is humanity redeemable, or will our flaws always destroy what our strengths create? What does it mean to seek justice, and how do you know if you've found it? How important is it to protect the innocent, if the innocent are caught shielding the guilty?

Damned if I know, and Bear doesn't try to tell you, but he forces you to ask.

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