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Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
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Nov 13, 07

it was ok
bookshelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Recommended for: hardcore sci-fi heads only
Read in November, 2007

An extremely detailed and ridiculously well researched novel on the colonization of Mars, this book is absolutely maddening. The characters veer from believable three dimensional humans to weird caricatures and plot devices within a few pages. And the author's exploration of the political implications of a newly habitable planet filled with resources for civilization is at first fascinating and then just boring. At least five or six times someone would yell out "This isn't like the discovery of the New World on Earth! This is Mars!" And occasional flashes of drama are intercut with some of the most boring passages I have ever read; I swear to god at least a fifth of this book was just descriptions of people driving endless distances around Mars and writing about the landscape in flat prose. With a harsh editing job this could have been a great book. As is it's a lumbering Frankenstein monster with all the seams showing.
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Cristina This review summarizes perfectly my feelings towards this book.

Megan RFA Mine too.

Ladybugpicnic mine as well

Laure And me!

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