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On the North Pole of Pluto there stands an enigma: a huge circle of standing blocks of ice, built on the pattern of Earth's Stonehenge - but 10 times the size, standing alone at the farthest reaches of the Solar System. What is it? Who came there to build it?

The secret lies, perhaps, in the chaotic decades of the Martian Revolution, in the lost memories of those who have lived for centuries.

©1984 Kim Stanley Robinson (P)2018 Tantor

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Great characters, don’t look for closure

KSR has grown on me. Despite his sharp left turns in plots, and the sometimes disappointing and less than heroic realistic conclusions to some stories, he is enthralling to read. His flawed characters striving for more mixed with hard hard science make for a great binge weekend. I hope that the ship of fools gets its own book.

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Great book by a SciFi master

Icehenge is an excellent, but often overlooked, early novel by Kim Stanley Robinson. The narration is top notch.

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One of the most frustrating book I ever listion to

I never write a review but this book made me mad. The 3 Main character in this book kept repeating the same thing over and over and over and over again to the point i wanted to rip my hair out of my head.

Don't waist your time with this book if your looking for a exciting sci fi book. You wont find it here.

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Sort of fun

... until you get to the third part and figure out that it's going nowhere.

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An unusually realistic (& depressing) dystopia.

As a literary experiment, a novel without a single likable character and no conclusion is an interesting concept. But, it makes for a deeply unsatisfying experience for the reader.

Like any Robinson novel, the writing is excellent and the science impeccable. The premise is interesting. But, this is a novel that hates the world, humankind, and the reader. A future filled with petty, selfish jerks who never achieve their objectives may be realistic, but it isn't any fun to read about.

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  • Sarah
  • 04-18-18

A story that went no where

What did you like best about Icehenge? What did you like least?

I have enjoyed many of Kim Stanley Robinson's books and this one started well, it caught my interest and I sat back to enjoy the rest. However when the end of the book arrived somewhat suddenly I was left feeling "did I miss something". I accept that all stories are not neatly tied up by the final chapter but this almost felt like the story line got stuck and remained undeveloped. I think the author has developed in his skills since this was written and this might not be the best place to discover his great story telling talent.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narrators brought the characters to life in a way that text might not have and made a good job of a limited storyline.

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  • Heisenberg
  • 03-27-18

Quite slow and plodding.

I enjoyed the Mars trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson, but this is not of the same standard. It lacks the epic quality of his trilogy, and is quite slow, and unfortunately dull. It is told in three sections, with three different narrators, and all did a good job, but the material they had to work with was just not strong enough.