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The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
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Aug 08, 07

bookshelves: scifi-fantasy, best-books-ever
Recommended for: Sci Fi fans, anyone into anthropology
Read in January, 2005

The story of a Jesuit priest and the crew of misfits that make up the first envoy to Rakkhat, a planet near Alpha Centauri that two alien races call home. The story is horribly tragic, in that you know from the first chapter that only Sandoz survives the experience, but putting the pieces together and discovering how even the best of intentions can have such horrible, disastrous consequences is awesome. While there are shortcomings with melodramatic writing and some characterization issues (which really become a problem in the second book), the ethical and moral questions it asks more than make up for it. This one got recommended to me by walkawayslowly, and I am eternally grateful.
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