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A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge
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Jan 09, 2010

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bookshelves: scifi-fantasy

Vernor Vinge does something that only the great writer E.B. White was able to accomplish: He makes spiders the good guys. This story is obstensibly about the discovery of a different race of space alien. What I have always liked about Vinge is that he refrains from making social, political or environmental statements and just allows the story to tell itself. What is unfortunate about this book is that he wastes too much time in his attempt to span 80 years by giving us the long view of characterizations. This book could have been improved by brevity, more action and less characters. It reads like a russian novel. But at those points where the story does take off the reader can hardly put the book down. I wish there had been more of those moments.

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