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Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
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Nov 12, 2011

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Read 2 times. Last read July 15, 2011 to August 2, 2011.

The trilogy is much better on a reread, but I'm still hard pressed to make a judgement. The Silmarillion may be the closest comparison: these books span centuries and much is told in summary. (Contrast Foundation, which covers a long story by skipping forward but with immediate narration.) It may also be tedious to wade through scores of pages with characters arguing forms of government, economic policy, etc. etc., although I find it at least somewhat interesting. If you like that aspect of Moon is a Harsh Mistress you'll be fine, although the political conclusions are very different. Overall, I keep coming back to the sense of place that pervades the entire series. Because of these books, Mars is somewhere concrete. If you have the stomach to read about other peoples' 3am solve-the-world's-problems talkathons, I think these are worth digging into. The end result has a unique dream-like majesty.
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