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Heart of the Comet Kindle Edition
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The book follows an expedition to a comet that turns out to be much much more. While the world starts out not too futuristic, it evolves into something far, far weirder. The final world described rivals even Larry Niven at his best and weirdest.
It is excellent, atmospheric, weird with a good does of action. It's mystical in a certain way I cant describe, and the ending is excellent.
While I love this book, I will warn people that because it is hard 'Sci-Fi' it may not be for every ones taste. This book is a masterpiece, but it may not be easy reading. I have given this book to a few of my friends and none of them have ever successfully got into it. This
If you like hard sci-fi, and you have read a lot of serious sci-fi, this is recommended. But beware that this is not all that it seems, and some people may find it hard going, especially if you are after easy reading.
In Summary, this book is highly recommended.
The theme of genetically enhanced humans (Percells) and the rivalry between them and the normal humans is explored. Some consider this an overworked theme, but the authors here approach it from a logical perspective.
This is a good read and quite recommended for science-fiction readers.
Definitely worth reading for all fans of Brin or hard SF in general.
Within a few chapters we learn of 'green goo' dripping out of the air conditioning .. and NO ONE turns a hair - plainly the entire crew is suffering from some sort of hazard blindness. When one of the team 'comes down with a cold' and again everyone takes this in their stride, including the medical 'expert', I conclude they are all in the process of loosing their mental faculties. Of course, when the Captain dies of his 'cold' and the 'wannabee Dictator' makes a bid for power, everyone focuses on the 'law of succession' and the ensuing power-struggle, with only a token attempt being made to contain and isolate the (by now obviously lethal) virus. By this stage I have started to have serious doubts about the mental age of the entire crew, squabbling like children as their habitat is falling apart around them and the plague starts to take hold. The final straw is when 'worms' start to burrow through the skin of the spacecraft = and whilst this is obviously some sort of 'kamikaze' comet based life-form (burrowing into the space craft no doubt being as terminal to them as humans throwing themselves unprotected onto the surface into Venus) again no-one seems at all surprised or worried. With the story starting to read like something from the 1930's (I'm starting to wonder when 'Flash Gorden' will make his appearance and save the day), I am unable to face any more of this abject nonsense and throw the book into the recycle bin ...
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