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by Nancy Kress
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Wanda's Book Reviews
Wanda's Book Reviews rated it 1 year ago
In this future, some people need no sleep at all. Leisha Camden was genetically modified at birth to require no sleep, and her normal twin Alice is the control. Problems and envy between the sisters mirror those in the larger world, as society struggles to adjust to a growing pool of people who not ...
JL's Bibliomania
JL's Bibliomania rated it 3 years ago
Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress uses speculative fiction to explore two fundamental questions – What happens if you genetically engineer a group of people so that they are radically different from the rest of the humans – in this case by eliminating the need to sleep in a group of children (potenti...
Carolyn Cannot Live Without Books!
Carolyn Cannot Live Without Books! rated it 3 years ago
First off Cassandra Campbell did a great job with the narration of this very, very long book with a whole host of characters. Secondly, did I mention this was a very, very long book? At first I thought it was an omnibus because the chapters would end and then start with "Book 2", etc. But nope, this...
traciloudin
traciloudin rated it 6 years ago
This is a powerful novella exploring the theme of what it means to be human, and what cultural conflicts may arise when we start to become more. It's a very quick read, and extremely well written, so I definitely recommend it! Here's an excellent quote. It's toward the end, but doesn't spoil the plo...
Inkspot Fancy
Inkspot Fancy rated it 6 years ago
Let's start with something that doesn't sound like much a compliment, but actually is - I didn't skim the final quarter of this book.Which under normal circumstances is a given. I like books, and I like reading books. But one thing I hate about reading is leaving off before the end. So, if by the mi...
Book Ramblings
Book Ramblings rated it 7 years ago
Last book of 2012 for me, a good end to the year. Beggars in Spain is the sort of sf novel that posits a basic idea and extrapolate from that the foundation to look at the ramifications and implications of this idea from all possible angles. The "high concept" idea is very simple, in the near geneti...
Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Bryan Thomas Schmidt rated it 7 years ago
Amazing. Full review soon./
On Starships and Dragonwings
On Starships and Dragonwings rated it 8 years ago
Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress is a classic sci-fi story about a world were humans can be gene-modified to no longer require sleep, making a new class of highly productive people, who become completely ostracized from a jealous non-modified majority; very compelling writing, story and characters, a...
veeral
veeral rated it 8 years ago
2.5 stars. A good study of the 'what if' scenario if sleeplessness becomes a trait for a number of people in the future with the help of genetic modification. Think of X-Men with the common "superpower" of sleeplessness with more commentary on social and personal implications but with least of the e...
Pants' Books & Stuff!
Pants' Books & Stuff! rated it 8 years ago
Original review posted at: http://intoyourlungs.livejournal.com/19727.html#cutid1Why I read this: [info]calico_reaction's Alphabet Soup book clubSo, as usual, when this book was chosen as September's pick for [info]calico_reaction's Alphabet Soup book club, I had never heard of it. However, I was co...
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