Recovering rocket scientist turned maker
This is another Robinson incredibly complex future history. I loved the worlds he created and some of the biology extrapolations. But there was an awful lot of intrigue that was hard to keep track of in an audiobook. I might have given this five stars if I had read it on paper and been able to flip back once in a while to remind myself of who was who.
struggled to finish . maybe because I needed my dictionary thru out. Not a book I could have read. glad I got the audible.
The author seems intent on not writing a story. He pays little attention to developing a real plot but simply follows he thoroughly unlikable lead character around. The underlying plot is only occasionally explored and in the end is all but abandoned. They protagonists just agree to get along basically. And the incessant use of lists is frustrating and adds little to the plot. He seems to be struggling to hit some word limit and maybe went back through the script and added them.
Developed the story and had lead characters who could impact or be impacted by it. Much of the developed universe material is good, but I was constantly screaming (in my head) get back to the plot......
I did like some aspects of the universe, the Mercury settlement, the terrariums and there was good potential for some political intrigue with the inter planetary forces. This latter plot line, however, was not well executed.
Not really. Lots of potential but frustratingly never met the potential.
Gone off KSR completely. I bought this and Aurora at the same time and they seem to represent an arc of rapidly decreasing quality. BTW, I loved the Mars trilogy though.
This would have been interesting in about 1/3 the length. It just wanders and wanders, taking a grand tour of various concepts of terraforming and otherwise changing worlds to support life, and changing humans just because you can. During this interesting but endless exploration, you follow the life of a someone with almost no actual direction of her own and an inability to make decisions and she flounces from place to place with exactly the skills and contacts to make that work as the worlds around her change and conflicts build and ultimately resolve. Yes, it's well plotted -- but that plot is buried and neverending metaphor and description. There are also whole passages describing and comparing several different kinds of human sexuality that are now possible with body modification -- often in some detail -- for no real reason. This doesn't bother me but doesn't really make any difference to the story either so it just sort of sits there laid out like an unnecessary pose on a Cadillac. Oh hell, now I'm doing it.
If you liked the MARS TRILOGY you'll love this! Excellent incorporation of best contemporary solar system science. It stretches the imagination in Terraforming potential. Philosophical; humanistic; existential; introspective; and spiritual--poetic.
the story had some good ideas. however, I felt like I was reading a bunch of short stories about each of the characters attached to each other.
The details about life in the post accelerando solar system are super interesting.
It's more wandering and less cohesive. The story line is kind of rambling and doesn't really coalesce until near the end.
I like Swan but she's kind of frustrating. I don't admire her. All the other characters sort of blended together for me.
No, I had to take breaks from it. I actually still haven't finished it. I've got like an hour left.
The mars trilogy was awesome. I loved it, which is why I gave this a chance. But I just couldn't get psyched about it. *shrug*
I listened to this 10 minutes after wrapping up the Red Mars series and just loved the feeling of being in the same world (more on this).I enjoy how well KSR builds a world and brings you right into the fold of how the world is built.
I love the extracts but couldn't stand the lists..
I like the brief story's of how the solar systems planets and moon have evolved but I could do with out the sexual oddness
Lastly- there are so many connections and nods to the Mars series that this book is really in the same world even if it's said it's not.
Bottom line is if you like hard science fiction this is a great book.
It could have been about something. I was halfway through and still wondering "what is the point"?
This was my first Kim Stanley Robinson experience. I enjoyed the descriptions of the characters and the landscapes. I enjoyed the pace of the book. It moved quite quick despite the descriptiveness. What I didn't like was the vision of the future. If that's how we turn out, count me out. Honestly, I think I just don't like the vision. Almost everything else was pretty good.
I followed the story without too much trouble. I liked her voice though. Sometimes if you don't like the narrators voice, it's hard to listen. Listen to the sample first. It's not read or written in a way that's easy to listen to. I listen to most audio books while I'm doing something else. This one commands your attention.
Not in Kim, in the future history. I will definitely read another by this author but this particular story just didn't do it for me.
Although not my cup of tea, have a look at the plot summary and listen to the sample. You may be interested. If so, it's a read that will keep your attention for the duration.