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Firstborn by Arthur C. Clarke
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May 22, 2011

liked it
bookshelves: read-in-2012

Oof. I'll say this series was... interesting. I hadn't been a big fan of Time's Eye, but Sunstorm had been absolutely epic. And now this book... ends up somewhere between the other two, which is kinda fitting since it also tries to balance the uber-epic threat level of Sunstorm with the fantastic setting of Mir from Time's Eye.

I won't go into too spoiler-y plot details here, so I'll just say that my main issues with this book were the pacing and the last few chapters, which left me mildly confused and slightly disappointed.

If you read the other two books, then yeah, you should probably read this one, too. This book definitely isn't bad, but it's also not as awesome and epic as I had hoped (measured by the high standard that Sunstorm set for me). I truly hope that Stephen Baxter will give this series the real ending it deserves. And if/when that happens, I will gladly adjust my rating and review.
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Reading Progress

May 22, 2011 – Shelved
February 22, 2012 – Started Reading
February 23, 2012 –
page 28
7.05% "Timeskiiiiip!"
February 28, 2012 –
page 56
March 1, 2012 –
page 97
March 5, 2012 –
page 133
33.5% "I'm not opposed to technology- or scenery-porn, but at this point, it feels like padding to draw out the suspense. But maybe I'm just impatient. XD"
March 7, 2012 –
page 161
40.55% "...bwah... O_o;"
March 12, 2012 –
page 212
March 17, 2012 –
page 241
March 23, 2012 –
page 290
March 26, 2012 –
page 332
March 26, 2012 –
page 352
88.66% "Inching towards the finish line...?"
March 28, 2012 – Finished Reading
February 15, 2014 – Shelved as: read-in-2012

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