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2312 [Kindle Edition]

Kim Stanley Robinson
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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A challenging, compelling masterpiece of science fiction (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY - starred review )


A challenging, compelling masterpiece of science fiction PUBLISHERS WEEKLY - starred review Inherently epic ... a wise and wondrous novel SFX Beautifully written and with strong mental imagery SCIFI NOW

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 782 KB
  • Print Length: 575 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 184149996X
  • Publisher: Orbit (24 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007C52I2E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,379 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kim Stanley Robinson has won the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards. He is the author of over twenty previous books, including the bestselling Mars trilogy and the highly acclaimed FORTY SIGNS OF RAIN. He lives in Davis, California.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 19 Dec 2012
I was a big fan of the Mars trilogy and not having revisited any of his subsequent books I started 2312 with high expectations and great enthusiasm. Quarter of the way in to the book I was beginning to hope that it would just be a late starter, but by 3/4s of the way through I knew that this would not be the case. Yes the writing is good, yes the science and universe is good, but there is simply no plot. Well, not completely, there is a semblance of a plot that could be summarised in just a paragraph or two. He doesn't really sell what plot there is, there is no tension, excitement or any emotion other than just following a couple of characters through some very bland adventures. Its as if he had a number of scenarios about terraforming or future society and needed something lose to link them together.

Would I read it again? No. Would I recommend it? No. Did I have to make myself finish it? Afraid I did, though I very nearly gave up on a few occasions and that is not something I ever do lightly. Overall, a real shame. It gets 2 stars because the future premise was good but that is it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots to appreciate but not easy to get into 18 Sep 2013
By C.Betts
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I am an occasional hard-core Sci-Fi reader so maybe I don't have the right "wiring" to fully appreciate such works. 2312 is full of well-realised technology, concepts and ideas with a stronger and more recognisable socio-politico-philosophical slant than other recent sci-fi works I have come across. However, I found the central plot a little random at times and without clear purpose for the first third of the book although there are a couple of segments that concentrate more on a plotline and allows the characters to develop and interact more constructively. I also found the sudden interspersion of the main text with lists and supposed extracts of documents to be disruptive and annoying - a literary device that feels artificially quirky and contrived. For me, this book was rather too much hard work and wasn't all that satisfying, although I appreciated the imagination and scope of the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Post-it Review 7 Sep 2013
If you're looking for a snapshot of civilisation three centuries hence, in an (almost) dramatic setting, this book might be for you. If you're expecting the Mars Trilogy, or Gallileo's Dream, or something of that standard, however, you might want to give this one a miss. I enjoyed it though.
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49 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Swan Er Hong, a notable performance artist native to Mercury, has her life abruptly changed by the death of her grandmother, Alex. As Swan is asked to investigate the project her grandmother was working on, her home city is subjected to a brutal terrorist attack. This sparks a series of journeys back and forth across the Solar system, from Mercury to terraformed Venus to drowned Earth and out as far as Io and Titan, as Swan and her allies attempt to discover the threat nature of the threat to humanity.

2312 is Kim Stanley Robinson's first widescreen, big-budget, blockbuster SF novel in some considerable time. His recent novels (such as the recent Galileo's Dream or his near-future Science in the Capital trilogy) have been modest in their ambitions, but 2312 trots out the same Robinson who charted the colonisation of Mars in such fascinating, exacting and sometimes-frustrating detail over the course of three books in the 1990s.

The novel works on several levels. On one, it paints a portrait of life in the early 24th Century where the bulk of humanity lives on Earth (and, increasingly, Mars) but the 'spacers' who have settled the rest of the Solar system hold increasing amounts of power, despite their small numbers. This portrait is vivid, rich and compelling. It shows Robinson's imagination at its most fertile, as he depicts Terminator, a city which rolls over Mercury's surface, permanently trying to stay on the nightside of the planet out of the fierce rays of the nearby Sun. Elsewhere he shows the terraforming of Venus as its thick atmosphere is stripped away and politicians debate on slamming giant asteroids into it to increase its rotation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring beyand belief 13 April 2014
Hey! I got to page 153 before crumbling and crying with frustration and terminal boredom. Avoid THIS BOOK AT ALL COSTS!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Solar System as hero... 6 Sep 2013
This novel is a glorious vision of the Solar System a few centuries hence. Mars has been terraformed. A sunshield is being built for Venus as a precursor to terraformiing it. On Mercury, a moving city keeps its inhabitants out of direct sunlight. The gas giants and associated moons etc are inhabited. 'Terraria', self-contained ark environments, spun to maintain gravity, provide homes for a massive living archive of plants and animals, as well as people. Humans come in all shapes and sizes, live much longer and change gender and other physical attributes at will. At Pluto, special terraria are being fitted out to journey to nearby stars.

The big blot is Earth. Sea level has risen there drastically,and coastlines have shrunk. Only a few ice sheets remain. Despite harnessing the resources of the Solar system, Earth is even more overcrowded than ever and its people as hungry as ever. There is tension between Earth and the rest and national rivalries still smoulder on.

There is a problem here as the background scenery is much more interesting than the miniscule plot, which involves quantum computers. Things are not helped by the cryptic notes/lists that interrupt chapters. These are sometimes obscure, contribute little and give the (probably wrong) impression that the author got bored and decided to leave as notes ideas for more narrative/background development etc. There is a love story here of sorts between the main character, Swan, a headstrong Mercurian and Wahrum, an easy-going music lover from Saturn. But the main character here is our Solar System itself, which is what really makes this novel special.
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Published 5 hours ago by squidboot
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring Beyond Belief
I read the blurbs on the back - praise beyond praise for this book - and, yes, was impressed by the decent cover graphics. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Das Büchernörgel
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacking
Being new to the author and his works I started this with no preconceived ideas about the author or writing style. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Halo Reader
2.0 out of 5 stars Big and bold scientific ideas... shame about the plot and...
I've always meant to read Kim Stanley Robinson's famous Mars Trilogy but have never gotten around to it, so when I picked up 2312 and read the back of it I thought that it would be... Read more
Published 1 month ago by March Payne
4.0 out of 5 stars Intellectually challenging but a highly rewarding read.
This is actually quite a difficult book to review, so many ideas here, massive in scope, full of thought provoking ideas and a possible future for mankind and the solar system,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Martin Belcher
2.0 out of 5 stars 2312
I never reached the end. I found the book had no central storyline. I found it boring and confusing. Not worth the time or cost
Published 2 months ago by jmds70
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, Boring, Boring
I have read most of the author's books starting with Red Mars which I couldn't put down. This is the total opposite and then some. This never seemed to pick up the pace. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Adrian S. Morris
3.0 out of 5 stars it was ok
This was an ok book, I liked the main characters but the writing seemed to wonder off in excessive descriptions of music or scenery that kind of made it a bit of a chore to read.
Published 4 months ago by Andy
3.0 out of 5 stars Lazy, Lazy... Oooh, an asteroid!
I had mixed feelings about 2312. On the one hand, Kim Stanley Robinson has clearly put a lot of effort into thinking up his various worlds, on the other hand, he sets them in such... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Joe Llewellyn
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Quick delivery, no problems, not for me so cannot rate actual book as a read, person I bought for was pleased with it
Published 5 months ago by B E Barber
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