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A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge
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Sep 26, 2008

really liked it
Recommended for: Any and all sci-fi fans
Read in October, 2008

Brief synopsis: Humans exploring at the edge of the galaxy accidentally awaken an ancient malevolent entity hell bent on conquering the galaxy. An interesting cast of characters is inadvertently caught up in the race to stop it.

I really enjoyed the well thought out, original and interesting ideas coupled with equally well developed aliens. I never thought I could empathize with a character that pretty much amounts to a small palm tree on wheels ... but the Skroderider Blueshell was one of my favorite characters in the book. Vinge is able to mix an epic galaxy wide struggle, fascinating ideas (the 'zones' were really cool)with enjoyable characters ... something not seen often in science fiction.

Like many science fiction novels, this one is a bit confusing at first ... but stick with it and you will be well rewarded.
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