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Hull Zero Three by Greg Bear
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Apr 24, 2012

it was ok
Read from April 15 to 24, 2012

Greg Bear is a veteran of science fiction and that shows. He is intricate, knows his way around a space craft, and unfortunately, leaves his readers in his dust while imagining his world.

It might be that he's so good that his writing doesn't keep up with his mind - but I found myself lost, literally, all the time. I could barely visualize a single environment described in this book and often found myself saying, "Water tank? When did they get to a water tank? Did he even mention a water tank?" Sadly, the answer was sometimes, no.

The dialogue was stifled and boring, but I understand that talking wasn't really the book's modus operandi. It was about the social/ethical themes inherent in the plot - and that's where the book shined. Unfortunately, that shine was not bright enough to allow me to see where the plot was taking place ... so I kind of just imagined the Enterprise with jungles and tried to enjoy myself.

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