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Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell Jr.
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"No thing made by intelligent beings can tangle with the dead immensity of a planet's natural forces and survive."

I didn't know this was a novel before I watched the movie. I might never have known, had it not been one of amazon's kindle daily deals. However, I do know and I've read it and I rather enjoyed it.

The premise is brilliantly thought up. 37 men isolated on Antarctica with a shape-shifting alien. Who's real, who isn't? And for these men to battle something they don't know a thing about, well, it's interesting. Sadly, the atmosphere is hardly suspenseful and moments that could have been horrifying are overly scientific, removing any horror one might have felt.

I admire that everything is explained so well, that these men seem like intellectuals - that they're not just a bunch of badass dudes huddled together in a ice-hut in the wild. They're scientists. However, it could have used a little more focus on the psychological strains these men must be under. Some place are very rushed as well, and even after re-reading some paragraphs I had a hard time figuring out what had actually just happened.

Still, a good read, but I prefer the movie.
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Reading Progress

July 16, 2013 – Started Reading
July 16, 2013 – Shelved
July 16, 2013 – Shelved as: science-fiction
July 17, 2013 – Shelved as: horror
July 17, 2013 – Finished Reading
February 3, 2014 – Shelved as: own
February 3, 2014 – Shelved as: ebooks
June 26, 2014 – Shelved as: reviewed
November 14, 2015 – Shelved as: 1-men

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David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party Didn't know the movie was actually based on a book...that's exactly how I felt when I found out this book existed - Forrest Gump! Didn't even know it was a book until years after I saw the movie!


Kirstine David Green - Proud member of Team Perry! wrote: "Didn't know the movie was actually based on a book...that's exactly how I felt when I found out this book existed - Forrest Gump! Didn't even know it was a book until years after I saw the movie!"

Ha! I didn't know Forrest Gump was a book either. Ah, the things you learn.


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