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The Secret of Life by Paul McAuley
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Jun 28, 2007

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Recommended for: Serious scifi fans only

McAuley is no doubt a gifted author when it comes to writing about science: his physics, chemistry, and biology-oriented passages are lucid and brilliant. But his writing suffers as a whole because of his tendency to delve too deeply into those passages, sometimes to the point of sacrificing valuable pages that should have been spent forwarding the plot. In this particular book I felt he spent far too much time trying to prove the brilliance of his main character (the entire first third of the book), and far too little time talking about what should have been a fascinating sequence: the trip to Mars.

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