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Dawn by Octavia E. Butler
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Jul 19, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: sf
Read in February, 2001

I first read this slim but powerful novel shortly after having finished the last Tom Clancy book I ever read, or will read: The Sum of all Fears, which might more accurately have been named Jack Ryan Saves The World While Everybody Else Runs Around Like Chickens With Their Heads Cut Off. Sure, you could argue that the latter title would be excessively long, but I claim that that's precisely what would make it perfectly appropriate to Clancy's bloated, self-indulgent little — or rather, not-so-little — work.

Which brings me back to my point. (Yes, I actually have one.)

Right around the time I hit page 200 or so of Dawn, I couldn't help but think, "Man, Octavia Butler can take one of her typically disquieting and thought-provoking tales and rev it into high gear, bearing down on the climax with its engine roaring throatily, in the time it takes Tom Clancy to line up two-thirds or so of his dominoes."

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Eric Flynn and Tom Clancy *loves* dominoes, each book in his cold war series had more of them than the last.

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