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Blindsight by Peter Watts
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Obscure prose, great ideas.

In the near future, humanity is heavily and diversely modified, specially when it comes to our brains. The book tells the story of this humanity's first contact with an alien species.

I had a bit of difficulty with the book's style in the first 50 pages, and nearly put it down. The author will often use in-world terms without explaining their meaning until chapters later. While I can see that working in moderation, I think Blindsight overuses the trick.

That said, after trucking through with the confusing beginning, what follows is a great exercise in trans-humanist "what ifs". Each cast member is a human extremely modified in a certain way, and a whole new story could be written about the implication of each of them to society. Thinking about the characters was much more interesting than the plot itself, which was OK.
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Reading Progress

December, 2017 – Started Reading
December, 2017 – Finished Reading
December 28, 2017 – Shelved

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