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Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
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Sleeping Giants is probably the most hyped Sci-Fi novel to hit stores so far this year. It has been compared to The Martian, I assume because it was a self-published ebook that found a cult following before scoring a big publishing deal. It certainly bears no other resemblance to that book, nor is it nearly as good. It has been more accurately compared to World War Z due to its interview/testimonial narrative approach, though it is utilized very differently and again, not as successfully.
What Sleeping Giants ends up being is a marginally entertaining blueprint for a giant robot movie. The world-building is the main attraction. Plot and character development are adequately executed with a mostly inoffensive dependence on the usual clichés. Twists and surprises only happen when credibility is strained. Fortunately, the book is short and digestible enough to shrug off its contrivances.
I realize that film and television options are helping to keep the industry afloat, so I don't blame publishers for being attracted to books with such ambitions. Perhaps its brevity is responsible for my having enjoyed Sleeping Giants slightly more than other recent novels that were transparently fishing for Hollywood gold. However, I prefer 'novels that want to be novels' to 'novels that want to be screenplays', so I wish these books would come with warning labels - a "Read It Before The Movie Happens!" sticker, or something like that. That would be helpful.
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February 12, 2016 – Shelved
February 12, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
May 7, 2016 – Started Reading
May 17, 2016 – Finished Reading

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Zaid Great Review Gary


Aristotle You sure are tough to please but....
"I prefer 'novels that want to be novels' to 'novels that want to be screenplays'" you nailed it with this comment. Seems to be a wholotta wanna be screenplays out there.


Gary Aristotle wrote: "You sure are tough to please but....
"I prefer 'novels that want to be novels' to 'novels that want to be screenplays'" you nailed it with this comment. Seems to be a wholotta wanna be screenplays..."


Thanks, Aristotle. Nowadays when I get a feeling like this from a book I DNF it and move on.


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