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The Forge of God | [Greg Bear]

The Forge of God

On September 28th, a geologist working in Death Valley finds a mysterious new cinder cone in very well-mapped area. On October 1, the government of Australia announces the discovery of an enormous granite mountain. Like the cinder cone, it wasn't there six months ago.

Something is happening to planet Earth, and the truth is too terrifying to contemplate

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On September 28th, a geologist working in Death Valley finds a mysterious new cinder cone in very well-mapped area. On October 1, the government of Australia announces the discovery of an enormous granite mountain. Like the cinder cone, it wasn't there six months ago.

Something is happening to planet Earth, and the truth is too terrifying to contemplate.

©1987 Greg Bear (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    louise prattsville, NY, United States 03-30-12
    louise prattsville, NY, United States 03-30-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Amazing!"

    Thank you audible. I have been waiting years for the audible version of this novel, and am not disappointed. In my opnion this is Bear's best work. A perfect balance of science and drama, with very compelling characters. It builds slowly but brilliantly to its inevitable, terrifying, and heart breaking climax. Though it is bleak in some ways, and frightening, there is the ever present flicker of hope throughout. It is thoughtful, intelligent and haunting... A science fiction classic.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    George Knight Brian Head, Utah United States 07-14-13
    George Knight Brian Head, Utah United States 07-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Story, Wonderful Listening, But the Editor?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend this book. Greg Bear does the best job of bringing hard science into speculative fiction of anyone I know. The story never subsumes the science, nor the science the story. VERY satisfying to the head and the heart.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Very satisfying.


    What does Stephen Bel Davies bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The last third of the book is loaded with stuff that would not have changed the story at all if it hadn't been there. Sorry, Greg. If it hadn't been for Stephen's excellent reading, I wouldn't have stuck with it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I wonder if this book could have gotten published these days. Every story now seems so addicted to "it all works out in the end" that true tragedy isn't really dealt with. I really liked the fact that Greg Bear acknowledged that sometimes the worst case happens. He has a silver lining, all right, but it doesn't eclipse the catastrophe of the event.


    Any additional comments?

    Honestly, the last third of the novel was full of things that covered in 20 pages what could have been covered in one. Perhaps when one is Greg Bear, editors are (or were) reluctant to intervene. In any event, one of the advantages of having a good narrator is that his energy can carry you through the slow spots. And I really appreciate that, because the last pages of the story were really worth getting to. I would certainly buy another Greg Bear book, as I've done in the past, and will certainly look for anything narrated by Stephen Bel Davies. Hurrah and thanks to you both. A great yarn.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Euge Danbury, CT 06-18-12
    Euge Danbury, CT 06-18-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Simply not fun. Rarely if ever entertaining."
    Would you try another book from Greg Bear and/or Stephen Bel Davies?

    I might give Greg Bear another shot someday, but I would definitely not pay for it. Stephen Bel Davies did a decent enough job.


    What could Greg Bear have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He could've cut out the tons of superfluous point-of-view characters that were only there to fluff things out, and make the story seem more widespread. They rarely added anything to the story, and their undeserved melodrama just dragged things out and muddled things. "Oh look, here's another person that has no idea about what is going on, and is struggling with their emotions."

    The first two acts of the book are a complete waste of time. Incomprehensible aliens mess with humanity's heads for no reason, while the central protagonists heads up a presidential task force that travels all over the world, discovering absolutely nothing.

    There are perhaps two interesting ideas in the book, buried under acres of contrived angst. There is no story arc. No character development. Some decent speculation on how one can blow up the earth, and what that might look like. And hours of boredom.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The one where nothing happened, and people were angsty and uncertain about it. Then something semi interesting popped up, and the story suddenly cutaway to another boring character before you could be entertained.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I thought Bear would be better.


    Any additional comments?

    Save yourself the trouble and read the plot synopsis on Wikipedia instead. You'll get just as much out of it with out wasting hours of your life.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Wendellesta Stamford, CT, United States 05-07-12
    Wendellesta Stamford, CT, United States 05-07-12

    Stamford, CT

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    "Great Narration"
    If you could sum up The Forge of God in three words, what would they be?

    The narrator is really engaging; he completely brings the story alive. With most books it takes me a little while to get into the story, and this one was no different. But after about 30 minutes or so I was hooked. Very entertaining.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy SEATTLE, WA, United States 11-05-12
    Jeremy SEATTLE, WA, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Incredibly boring narration."
    Would you try another book from Greg Bear and/or Stephen Bel Davies?

    Greg Bear, yes. Stephen Davies, NOOO.


    What other book might you compare The Forge of God to and why?

    Eon. Eternity.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It was difficult to distinguish between characters and their personalities when he was narrating.


    Did The Forge of God inspire you to do anything?

    I actually purchased the hardcopy of the book and read it because I very much disliked the narration.


    Any additional comments?

    Awful narration.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Scott MAPLE RIDGE, BC, Canada 03-30-12
    Scott MAPLE RIDGE, BC, Canada 03-30-12 Member Since 2011

    Whiskey and Gunpowder

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    "Publisher summary is deceptive, read on"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who believe that Aliens will arrive speaking English. I'm not one of them.


    What was most disappointing about Greg Bear’s story?

    People of faith are automatically crazy. As already mentioned Aliens arrive speaking English.


    What aspect of Stephen Bel Davies’s performance would you have changed?

    Drags


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappoinment amd annoyance, if I had known what it was really about I could have avoided wasting my money.


    7 of 23 people found this review helpful
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  • David
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    12/2/13
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    "Slow but good"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It's a slightly passable storyline, but way too slow moving. the end was kind of predictabe, but too many loose ends.


    If you’ve listened to books by Greg Bear before, how does this one compare?

    n/a


    What three words best describe Stephen Bel Davies’s performance?

    realistic, American


    Could you see The Forge of God being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    n/a

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucia
    Macclesfield, United Kingdom
    6/26/12
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    "Slow, dull, wordy and painfully long"

    I bought this because I was intrigued by the premise and love a good sci-fi story. However, by the end of the 19+ hours, I had lost the will to live and just wanted it to be over. Here are some reasons why:

    1. there is far too much description about everything - the scenery, the science, the characters' inner thoughts - all of this just slows down the action. There were entire sequences were nothing much happened and, half way through the second part, the story stopped to allow the characters to have long moments of introspection about the meaning of life, death etc. For what seemed like hours (and it probably was) - nothing much happened. In fact, I ended up fast forwarding the book by 30 seconds at a time to see when the story would pick up again. I was totally bored and frustrated by this stage

    2. there are so many characters that it was difficult to keep track of them all (especially on audio). This also resulted in a huge amount of 'he said, she said, he said, she said' which was distracting. The number of characters also made it difficult to know who was the hero. I presume this was Arthur since he was in the story the longest, but he wasn't all that relatable and I found it hard to warm to him. In fact, I didn't really care at the end what happened to him - which is never a good sign.

    It wasn't all bad - the idea is good, reasonably original and raises some interesting questions. The narration by Stephen Bel Davies is excellent - his accents were superb and he brought the different characters to life. The ending did not disappoint.

    If you like your books full of inner thoughts, descriptive sequences and philosophical debate then you might enjoy this. I prefer books to have strong characters and a good brisk pace that keep me hooked to the very end. The only reason I managed to finish listening to this was out of curiosity to find out what happened in the end, not because I cared. I’m not sure this was the best use of 19 hrs of my life.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • ayhplumbing
    nottingham, United Kingdom
    7/2/12
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    "Dont buy it it doesn't add anything to story"

    Ugh what rubbish Greg Bear at his worse. Did i really waste my time listening to this self centred driveal. By the end i was hoping all of them had died or would die

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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