Mote in God's Eye Mass Market Paperback – 31 Dec. 1998
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- Mass Market Paperback : 592 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0671741926
- ISBN-13 : 978-0671741921
- Dimensions : 10.64 x 3.05 x 17.15 cm
- Publisher : Pocket Books (31 Dec. 1998)
- Language: : English
- Customer reviews:
Minneapolis Tribune Intriguing and suspenseful...the scenes in which the humans and aliens examine one another are unforgettable.
San Francisco Chronicle As science fiction, one of the most important novels ever published.
Frank Herbert A spellbinder, a swashbuckler...And, best of all, it has a brilliant new approach to that fascinating problem -- first contact with aliens.
Robert Heinlein Possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read.
Theodore Sturgeon One of the most engrossing tales I've read in years...fascinating.
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So I'd recommend the book, but only for those who haven't already read it. For those who enjoyed it 40-odd years ago I'd suggest steering clear.
The book is formed from two parts. The first is the initial contact with the aliens and the expedition to initiate first contact. This was my favourite part of the book. The aliens are well realised, with just enough commonality to allow the reader to relate to them, but with sufficient differences to make them feel alien. To be honest, I would have been happy to read more about this process.
Naturally the aliens have a secret, one that threatens any possible deal with humanity. This leads into the second part of the book with the political fallout and dealings within the human empire. While this didn't interest me as much as discovering the aliens, it did raise some interesting points and does set it up nicely for the next book.
It does have it's flaws though. The core story is fine, but some of the components don't match up. The characterisation is limited in many cases with most just filling their roles for the plot. Don't let that put you off though, this is a gem of a read.
Well now that I have read I can honestly say I loved it all over again. I do think it is one of the best sf books I have read, right up there with Dune.
On to the gripping hand!!