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Helix by Eric Brown
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Mar 15, 2012

did not like it
bookshelves: regret-reading
Read from May 24 to June 03, 2012

When I picked this book up, I did so on the promissing appearance of the cover and the blurb on the back. Overall, the story looked, and sounded interesting. Having suffered through this clichéd mess, I realise I should have taken a minute or two to read a few passawges from between the covers as well.

I found this to be a fine example of bottom-of-the-barrel science-fiction. The characters wavered between painfully dull, and painfully stereotypical. And the dialogue was just about unbareable. It was largely forced and unnatural, and more often than not, reading it was like being bludgeoned with words.

There was little (possibly no) subtlety in the story. For most of the book, it felt as though I was either being talked down to, or lectured, depending on whether I was supposed to understand some particular point, or have some suitable emotional response to a revelation, or situation. All I ended up feeling was annoyed and irritated.
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