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Blood Music (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
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on 31 December 2003
I found this book very interesting. SF is normally concerned with the outside i.e. space or the inside of your mind. This goes into the area of microbiology. Quite an original and bold step for an author to take.
It is quite a science based book, but that does not make the book less enjoyable, in fact the opposite. It keeps you turning the pages until the end.
I found the style very simiar to JG Ballard,But with extra science, if that helps.
A very modern and contemporary novel. In these days of cults trying to clone humans, the book seems to be a prediction of the future ...
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This is another one of those hard scifi novels that has it all: some new scientific discovery (the creation of intelligent cells and what unexpected things they do) and very very good and unusual characters. Also, Bear takes his time, enticing the reader with clues and tidbits about what is going to happen as things appear to be changing so fundamentally that mankind will end. The ending is also a surprise, and does not disappoint: so often you get to the end and think, "that's all it is?" This is inner space at its very best.

You won't be disappointed by this one. Get it.
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on 11 August 2008
I found myself thinking about this as I drove home today - and I read it about a year ago.

I remember reading John Wyndham as a child and being guiltily thrilled by the way would kill of most of the planet by the end of the first chapter.

This seems like a fairly natural successor to Wyndham - and others who spot similarities to J G Ballard are in the right area too. Though it's Ballard's naively sadistic tone rather than his literaty voice.

If you like Ballard and Wyndham, you'll love this. I haven't read any of the SF Masterworks that weren't fantastic.
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I found Blood Music a really interesting read, based on a microbiology rather then outer space or the mind. a well meaning scientist unleases his works onto the human race with very unusal effects, I enjoyed reading this novel, its written in away that makes it an easy but facinating read, its also easy to understand without having to be clued up on science. I was also suprised i didnt find this book disturbing in its context, rather found i coldnt put it down as wanted to see what would happen next.
worth reading even if ur not a great sci-fi fan
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on 5 December 2013
I read this book a while ago as the first Greg Bear I had come across. It rates as one of my all time favourites partly for the rich yet flowing way it is written but mostly because the story is fresh in the way it projects a possible future from contemporary science without being cyber-punk (not that i have anything against cyber-punk, Vurt by William Gibson is another favourite). I thoroughly recommend this book to all sci-fi readers.
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on 21 November 2014
It was a clever story but the author should have had the work proof read before transferring it to Kindle. There were many grammatical errors and it did detract from the story. Also, there was a whole chapter about three characters traveling to the source of the outbreak with the chapter ending by the female character walking into a fog. That was it, no mention of her or her two companions again.
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on 10 April 2013
An wonderful (and early) musing on the notion of biological computers. Bear never stints on the biological sciences and this raises some of the earliest sf themes regarding "garbage" DNA and what it's good (or not so good) for. Short, well scripted and engaging, this is a classic sampling of Bear in formation.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 10 June 2012
There is a genre in science fiction dedicated to genetic and biological engineering or experimentation gone awry reducing mankind to either "grey goo" or in which mankind becomes the prey of "grey goo" (most recently nano-technology and micro mechanical "life forms" have been added to the mix). This is one of the earliest modern novels on the topic that I know of and some of the "germ warfare" sci fi books which I know which predate it are very different and usually dont develop that angle too much.

The storyline follows a number of different characters, initially a researcher and his confidant, then scientist-researchers from his company, survivors from an America overwhelmed by the intelligent virus/experiment itself, then further science/physics theorists and of course the "noocytes" themselves.

The first part of the book reminded me of an episode from the relaunch of The Outer Limits, although I am not sure if this was an attempt to adapt the story in part, and was good but not as interesting or readable as the later half of the book in which the survivors scar the post-apocalyptic landscape of the US and even stranger plot lines are developed about the possible warping of reality and time itself. I thought that the pace throughout was good and managed to be engaging without dumbing down its subject matter to reach a wider audience, that said it isnt too complex and does not descend into journalistic reportage of biological science innovations.

I have heard complaints that the later half of the book descends into being too far out weirdness with its quantum mechanics and physics angles but I liked it and would recommend the book for that alone. I would recommend it to fans of the sci fi masterworks series and anyone who likes science fiction in general.

The cover art on this edition I think is rubbish, I wondered why it was produced given that the previous artwork was a good illustration of a scene from the book itself but then I remembered that it does feature the twin towers of the world trade centre. I hope that wouldnt be sufficient to put anyone off buying the book.
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on 22 April 2010
This is a fantastic book, reguardless of its floors the concept is so strong that it carries the novel, and alone makes it worth reading. Howerver I would recomend you get the Gollancz S.F Copy, its just a personal preference but I think that Blood Music (Gollancz S.F.)cover is far far nicer.
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on 15 May 2013
This one ticked all the boxes for me, definitely one to keep to read and re-read. A haunting tale, both sad and hopeful, that kept me thinking about aspects of the story for a long time after reading it. Not too much technical jargon and the characters are enjoyable.
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