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Inferno by Larry Niven
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Jan 12, 2010

liked it
bookshelves: 2010, book-club, fiction, sci-fi, fantasy
Read in January, 2010 , read count: 1

** spoiler alert ** i should not have read any reviews before finishing this book, because i didn't hate the protagonist as much as others did. but once i read their reasons for hating him, i couldn't help but see it too. i really hate it when that happens.

i thought it was an interesting idea for a story and executed fairly well. i found it believable that the protagonist couldn't accept/believe that he was in hell and was therefore trying to come up with alternate explanations for everything he was seeing and trying to fit it into his own worldview (isn't that what all of us do?).

this certainly isn't a substitute for reading dante's inferno, but i'm sure for some people it will serve as just that. for that reason, and for my own "refresher" i would have like to see some more details about the circles of hell, especially the less well-known ones.

i don't know if i believed that carpentier would stay behind as willingly as he did. i understand and like the idea that hell is one last chance for souls to go to heaven, but carpentier just didn't strike me as the type of character that would spend some of his eternity guiding others to the exit of hell. he was "hell-bent" on getting out of hell and didn't really show any great change of character at the end that would convince me of his desire to stay. despite the fact that he did stay...

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