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This review is from: Bugz :Contact (Book Zero): 1 (Hardcover)
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I'm sorry. I really wanted to like this. And it does have some good features. The book is really attractive, and with excellent monochrome illustrations. And the concept - the interaction between conscious entities that are 0.0000000000000000000000000000001 times the size of humans, and humans - is an interesting one. Some of the science and history bits and pieces are quite interesting and reliable, and some of the concepts that I think are supposed to bring humour are a little bit funny ("fat police").
But those aren't redeeming features, unfortunately. It should be noted that I haven't finished the book yet, so I don't know if all will become clear at a later stage. These good features ought to be set against the fact that the dialogue is dreadful - REALLY dreadful - most of the details concerning the bugz are frankly implausible - why should logic and harmony prevail at that scale? - a huge and intriguing epistemological question has been left begging. Why should their universe have so many features similar to ours - specifically, the classical era of Athens? Why should they need libraries? Why do they have individual memories and characters? If organisms are that size, then what possible connection can they have with organisms that are as big to them as - um, I haven't checked, but let's say a solar system is to us? Why would there be a one-to-one correspondence between Bugz and humans? And WHY should they be so obsessed with the letter Z? The characters and situations are hackneyed and the features which were presumably supposed to add elements of raciness come across as childish, whilst real relationships are under-conveyed.
This is not good fiction, and not good SF.