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Existence by David Brin
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Jun 21, 13

bookshelves: science-fiction, thriller
Read from April 16 to June 16, 2013

As an idea-driven book: 5 stars. As a novel: 3 stars.

I enjoyed this book very much. It was different than what I am used to reading, and it took me a little while to get into. But once it happened I was hooked, and it was an amazing story that expanded its horizon -- going beyond Earth's limits and reaching for the vistas of the universe. In a way that I dare say it even had some Lovecraftian elements.

That's a compliment, in case you were wondering;-)

Now -- why only 3 stars?

Because there were chapters -- long chapters -- that did not seem to lead anywhere, they were not related to what happened later in the story. (view spoiler) It also annoyed me that the emotional impact wasn't there. In a way it was a "show, don't tell" situation for me: Brin wrote the right words (telling it) but it didn't really leave an emotional print on me (he didn't really show it). (view spoiler)

These and other, related, things were better off cut from the story, in my opinion. Either that or more should have been added, to flesh it out more.

That said, it is still a good book. And wonderful food for thought.

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Reading Progress

04/16/2013 page 10
04/23/2013 page 91
16.0% "Enter: a dolphin..."
04/28/2013 page 133
24.0% "Hm... the Shining Trapezohedron in modern dressings?:-)"
04/28/2013 page 135
24.0% ""Its head seemed a mass of wormlike tendrils..." Hmmmmm...:-)"
04/29/2013 page 156
28.0% "Unexpected explosions upon arrival"
05/08/2013 page 225
40.0% "I enjoy the in-hindsight analysises of our time:-)"
06/14/2013 page 505
91.0% "Consciousness and starships"
06/16/2013 marked as: read
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